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Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and History

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Southampton
English
September 2022

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and History

On this joint BA Philosophy and History degree you’ll explore the major events and ideas that have shaped the world around us. You’ll explore some of the biggest questions of Western philosophy: Is there a god? What is morality? Can there be objective facts in ethics and politics? And as a history student you’ll learn to develop your own interpretations of disputed narratives.

You’ll be taught in small groups in a relaxed and friendly environment. You'll benefit from the expertise of academic staff whose research feeds directly into the course content.

Compulsory modules will give you a strong grounding in both subjects. Optional module choices will give you the freedom to pursue your own interests in topics as varied as metaphysics, Reagan’s America, and witchcraft in 17th century England.

You can broaden your knowledge by taking modules from other disciplines such as anthropology or psychology. You can also study a language.

In this degree you can:

  • develop an understanding of philosophical questions such as ethics, reason and responsibility
  • learn about different approaches to history and gain access to a large collection of primary evidence
  • explore how political motives and other forms of bias shape the way we think about the past
  • apply philosophical thought to language, morality, sex and other aspects of life
  • study areas of history rarely taught in most other UK universities, for example: East and Central European history, South East Asian history and Jewish history

Admission requirements

A-levels

ABB including History or a related subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in History or a related subject

BTEC

  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus B in A level History or a related subject.
  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in A level History or a related subject
  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB to include A level History or a related subject

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Ethics
  • Knowledge and Mind
  • Reason and Argument
  • World Histories: Contact, Conflict and Culture from Ancient to Modern

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Castles: Military technology and social change from the middle ages to the modern
  • Clash of Superpowers: United States versus China
  • Content and discontent: Culture and British society, 1815-1914
  • Existentialism and its Origins
  • Faith and Reason
  • From Alexander to Augustus: leadership in the Ancient World
  • Humanities, the Human and the Non-Human
  • Introduction to Ethnography: Food and Culture
  • Jewish Life and Death in Europe
  • Landscapes and Seascapes of Britain’s Past
  • Pandemic, Famine, War and Popular Revolt: The Apocalyptic Fourteenth Century
  • Puzzles about Art and Literature
  • Racism and Resistance: From Slavery to BLM
  • Sexual Politics: Gender History in Twentieth Century Britain
  • The Islamic World: Pakistan and Iran in the Modern Era
  • The Tudors
  • Wonderful things: World history in 40 objects

Year 2

  • Appearance and Reality

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
  • Ancient Rome: the First Metropolis
  • Arabian Nights and Days: The World of the 1001 Nights
  • Blitzed Brits: Politics, Society and Culture in the Second World War
  • Epistemology: Knowledge and Evidence
  • Ethics of Global Poverty
  • From Black and White to Colour: A Screen History of Race, Gender and Sexuality in Post-War Britain
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Immigration, Race and Ethnicity in France
  • Imperial China: From China’s mythical emperors to the 19th century
  • Imperialism and Nationalism in British India
  • Islamism – from the 1980s to the present
  • Logic
  • Metaethics: Facts and Feelings in Ethics
  • Metaphysics: The Nature of Reality
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Myth and the Ancient World
  • Nelson Mandela: A South African life
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Plague, Fire and Popish Plots: The Worlds of Charles II
  • Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
  • Ragtime! The Making of Modern America
  • Retail Therapy: A journey through the cultural history of shopping
  • Roman Emperors and Imperial Lives
  • Sex, Death and Money: the United Kingdom in the 1960s
  • Stalin and Stalinism
  • The Age of Discovery? c.1350-c.1650
  • The EU and European Identity
  • The First British Empire: the beginnings of English dominance, 1050-1300
  • The Life and Afterlife of the Vikings
  • The Making of Englishness
  • The Mind, The Brain, and Consciousness
  • Treason and Plot: A History of Modern Treason
  • Underworlds: A cultural history of urban nightlife in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Vienna and Berlin: Society, Politics and Culture from 1890 to the Present
  • Wellington and the war against Napoleon
  • Witchcraft in England, 1542-1736

Year 3

  • History Dissertation
  • Philosophy Dissertation

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • A Short History of the Ethics of War
  • A Short History of the Homosexual
  • A Short History of the Populist Leader
  • Advanced Aesthetics: Aesthetic Creativity
  • America and the world, 1945-2020: technology, conflict and the lives of others (Part 1)
  • America and the world, 1945-2020: technology, conflict and the lives of others (Part 2)
  • An ambivalent asylum: the histories and memories of refugees in early twentieth-century France
  • Classical Indian Philosophy
  • Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome Part 1, Julian: hero and apostate
  • Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome Part 2, Julian: hero and apostate
  • Empires In Crisis: The Austro-Hungarian And Russian Revolutions, 1900-1921 (Part 1)
  • Empires In Crisis: The Austro-Hungarian And Russian Revolutions, 1900-1921 (Part 2)
  • Entangled Histories: France and Germany in the mid-century era (Part 1)
  • Entangled Histories: France and Germany in the mid-century era (Part 2)
  • Fiction and Fictionalism
  • From Tyranny to Revolution: England 1625-49: Part 1
  • From Tyranny to Revolution: England, 1625-49 Part 2
  • Happiness and Wellbeing
  • Language and the City
  • More than Pyramids & Pharaohs? Ancient Egypt in Context
  • Nietzsche
  • Other Minds
  • Philosophy of Sex
  • Puzzles and Paradoxes
  • Reading Histories
  • Self-Knowledge
  • The British in India: From the East India Company to Partition (Part 1)
  • The British in India: From the East India Company to Partition (Part 2)
  • War on Land and at Sea, c.1300-c.1453 Part 1
  • War on Land and at Sea, c.1300-c.1453 Part 2
  • Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy
  • ‘Great’ Britain? Rethinking Victorian society (Part 1)
  • ‘Great’ Britain? Rethinking Victorian society (Part 2)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300

Qualification

  • Final award: Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons))
  • Name of Award: Philosophy and History
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Health Studies (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Health Studies (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Continuing studies

Our philosophy and history degrees are also a good foundation for further study at Masters or PhD level.

Career opportunities

Career skills are taught at every stage of your course, and some modules offer specific teaching in reasoning and communication. You’ll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, analysis, mental agility and team working.

Your history studies will also develop your ability to to weigh up evidence and arguments, and use analysis of the past to address the problems of the present.

Our philosophy and history graduates have secured roles as diverse as:

  • project manager
  • teacher
  • human resources (HR) coordinator
  • investment analyst
  • digital marketing coordinator
  • tax consultant
  • data analyst

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