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Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Politics

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

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Politics

What is freedom? What makes a state legitimate? You’ll explore questions that have challenged philosophers and political theorists throughout history on this BA Philosophy and Politics degree. Compulsory modules give a grounding in both subjects, while optional modules include topics like international relations, 21st century crises and Ancient Greek philosophy.

This degree will give you an excellent education in philosophy and politics. In your degree you can:

  • develop an understanding of philosophical questions such as ethics, reason and responsibility
  • explore fundamental and far-reaching issues about human welfare and social justice, political ideals and political realities
  • take core modules on democracy and the modern state
  • learn about subfields of political theory, comparative politics and international relations
  • conduct research and write your dissertation in one or both subjects

You’ll learn in small groups in a relaxed and friendly environment. Our academic staff's research feeds into the course content.

You can take modules from other disciplines such as anthropology or psychology, studying a language, or choosing from a range of cross-disciplinary modules.

Admission requirements

A-levels

ABB

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level

BTEC

  • Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in an A level
  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB in two A levels

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
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Knowledge and Mind
  • Reason and Argument

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

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Existentialism and its Origins
  • Faith and Reason
  • Introduction to Political Inquiry
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Political Systems
  • Puzzles about Art and Literature

Year 2

  • Appearance and Reality
  • The Struggle for Democracy

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

  • Diaspora Politics in Transnational Space
  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
  • American Political Thought
  • Children and Human Rights
  • Chinese Politics
  • Comparative Party Politics
  • Contemporary Theories of Justice
  • Critics of Empire: Radical and Revolutionary Political Thinkers of the Global South
  • Democratic Theory
  • Democratisation in Global Politics: why do some regimes thrive and others flounder?
  • Development and International Relations
  • Dilemmas of Leadership
  • Epistemology: Knowledge and Evidence
  • Ethics of Global Poverty
  • Ethics of Public Policy
  • European Security Governance
  • Gender, Power and Politics
  • Globalisation and World Politics
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Logic
  • Metaethics: Facts and Feelings in Ethics
  • Metaphysics: The Nature of Reality
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Partisans, Public Opinion and Elections: Understanding the Political Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Political Thinking
  • Politics and Protest
  • Power and Ethics Before Machiavelli
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Qualitative Research in Politics & International Relations
  • Realism and Idealism in International Relations
  • Reinventing Democracy: Innovation, Participation and Power
  • Research Methods in The Social Sciences
  • The Mind, The Brain, and Consciousness
  • The Politics and Governance of the EU
  • Theorising International Politics

Year 3

  • Dissertation in Politics & International Relations
  • Philosophy Dissertation

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

  • Advanced Aesthetics: Aesthetic Creativity
  • American Political Thought
  • Applied Regression Analysis
  • Children and Human Rights
  • Chinese Politics
  • Classical Indian Philosophy
  • Comparative Party Politics
  • Contemporary Theories of Justice
  • Critics of Empire: Radical and Revolutionary Political Thinkers of the Global South
  • Democratic Theory
  • Democratisation in Global Politics: why do some regimes thrive and others flounder?
  • Development and International Relations
  • Diaspora Politics in Transnational Space
  • Dilemmas of Leadership
  • Ethics of Public Policy
  • Fiction and Fictionalism
  • Gender, Power and Politics
  • Globalisation and World Politics
  • Happiness and Wellbeing
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Nietzsche
  • Other Minds
  • Partisans, Public Opinion and Elections: Understanding the Political Mind
  • Philosophy of Sex
  • Politics and Protest
  • Power and Ethics Before Machiavelli
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Puzzles and Paradoxes
  • Self-Knowledge
  • The Politics and Governance of the EU
  • Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition

  • 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 Politics
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Health Studies (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Health Studies (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Continuing studies

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

Career paths

You’ll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills such as research, critical thinking, analysis and team working. Career skills are embedded at every stage of our courses and certain modules offer specific teaching in reasoning and communication.

Our philosophy 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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