This module introduces you to the concept of multiculturalism and national identity. It uses texts from a range of humanities based sources but focuses on the philosophical concepts of self and other and traces media reactions to the notion of multiculturalism and identity in the UK, especially in the contemporary era.
This module is designed to introduce you to university life. It will support you in exploring the university environment. It will also introduce you to the wide variety of academic skills needed to succeed at university and will support you in the development of these skills.
In this module, you will work collaboratively with other students on a project that reflects an area of shared interest relating to the broad themes of Business, Law or the Social Sciences. You will have the opportunity to work as a small team to devise, design and plan a project relating to a topic of shared interest. In many aspects of life and work, teamwork and collaboration are the norm to solve real world-problems. This group-based project will allow you to develop a range of skills, including leadership skills, time-management, negotiation, communication, creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. By investigating and responding to a complex question, challenge or problem, you and your group will acquire a deeper knowledge of your topic. The module will conclude with a conference, where your group’s project will be presented to the other groups in your class.
This module introduces you to Wolverhampton and the people who live there using concepts and insights from a variety of academic subjects, for example Social Policy, Sociology, History, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Law, and Politics, amongst others. You will explore a range of cultural and social issues.
This module draws upon theory and method within the Study of Religion to explore lived religion in Christianity and Islam. Methods will include history of religions and textual study, but will focus upon everyday religion in contemporary society. The module will focus upon diversity, highlighting denominational and community variety with Christian and Muslim groups, and particular attention will be paid to political and social discourse between Christians, Muslims and 'secular' society in modern Britain and Europe. Key issues such as Christianity in public life, or issues surrounding identities of 'British Muslims' will be foregrounded to equip students with the knowledge and skills to engage with Christian or Muslim citizens. Fieldwork enables students to explore issues facing local Christian and Muslim communities, in addition to the introduction of participant observation and simple ethnographic skills.
This course will introduce students to some of the major issues in moral philosophy by exploring some of the ethical challenges that we are facing in the contemporary world.
This module aims to introduce students to philosophical reasoning, critical thinking and how to construct and challenge arguments. Various means will be used to foster their skills of argumentation and analysis: textual analysis of core philosophical texts such as Descartes or Plato; engagement with rhetorical devices and fallacies in various contexts. Students will also learn to identify presuppositions and conclusions of arguments and become familiar with propositional and basic symbolic logic.
The module aims to introduce students to the nature of religion and some of its key concepts. Students will acquire the basic study skills that are needed to approach religion in an organised, academic way. The components (‘dimensions’) that comprise religion will be explored, together with some of the types of academic approach, e.g. sociology, anthropology, phenomenology. Students will learn ways of gathering information on religions, how to evaluate it, and how to present it academically in oral and written form. A particular focus will be on new and emergent methodological approaches to the Study of Religion.
The aim of this module is to explore philosophical and religious ideas about the relationship between humanity and the natural world. The module will investigate how different worldviews assess ethical responsibilities towards the non-human world and future generations. The module will consider both the philosophical foundations of the environmental movement and religious perceptions of environmental issues.
This module will introduce you to challenging philosophical discussions on a range of concepts such as self, non-self, perception, certainty, argument, critical thinking, value, tradition and modernity, using a selection of readings from non-European traditions of philosophy. The aim is to make you appreciate the value of comparison through an introduction to the range and depth of enquiry in these traditions of thought.
This module will acquaint students with the main claims, underlying presuppositions and criticisms of ethical theories within the Western philosophical tradition.
This module explores the two Indian traditions followed by Hindus and Buddhists. Beginning with a detailed insight into the Aryan migration theory, we explore critiques of the term 'Hindu' and how this impacts on research and folk tales around the socio milieu of Indian during the time of the Buddha. We then go on to look at the practices and teachings of Hindus and Buddhists and also explore the diverse practices within both traditions.
The module aims to acquaint students with traditional epistemological theories and introduce them to critiques of these theories. It considers answers to the central question of epistemology about how we can know anything at all. It directs attention beyond reason and/experience as the basis of knowledge to finding the basis in a rethinking about what counts as knowledge and how that might be connected to our use of language.
The module investigates the intersections between the arts and religion and ethics. In this module you will explore both philosophical and religious attitudes towards the arts. In particular the module draws on the philosophy of art in order to problematise the distinction between ‘secular’ and ‘sacred’ art on the one hand and the relation between art and morality on the other hand. The module will explore the place of the arts in a variety of different religious traditions and will investigate whether the arts can be understood in religious terms. The main focus of this module is on the visual arts and music, although references to dance, poetry, literature and architecture will be made where appropriate.
The module will enable students to understand the fundamental teachings of Sikhism. It will explore the origins, practices of the Sikh tradition. The module will also trace the historical developments of Sikhism. The module will examine the Sikh tradition in the light of key theoretical issues such as the relationship between the founder and later institutional developments, the question of Sikh identity and whether Sikhism can be regarded as a 'world religion'. A field visit will be an integral element of this module. Students will be exploring some sensitive topics within Sikhism also, such as caste and Gender equality. The Hermeneutics of the Guru Granth Sahiji will be examined in order to shed light on current beliefs and practices that dominate within the Sikh community worldwide. The impact of globalisation on the Panth will also be discussed. Students will examine the Sikh faith and the Sikh community from an academic viewpoint and will use analytical and critical skills to challenge conjecture within the faith. The views of insider’s and academics will also be examined within this module.
This module will provide a broad introduction to continental philosophy, highlighting its distinctive engagement with questions of human self-consciousness and offering a critique of the human condition in its contemporary social and political manifestation. You will be offered an in-depth understanding of selected topics such as animality, humanity, self-consciousness, materiality, power, identity and subjectivity. This will be achieved through studying the key ideas of a range of continental philosophers from classical to contemporary such as Spinoza, Hegel, Marx, Arendt, Beauvoir, Foucault, Agamben, Zizek and Benhabib.
This module engages with Atheism as a worldview from Classical origins to the contemporary world. Students will engage particularly with thinkers in post-enlightenment and modern periods and a special focus will be upon atheism and non-belief in contemporary British and North-American society, including the interaction of New Atheism with popular culture. The module looks at the relationship between non-belief and religion, both from outside and inside religious traditions - particularly Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and New Religious Movements. Global surveys on 'religious nones' and the place of non-belief in a pluralistic multicultural society will also be analysed.
In this module students will acquire an in-depth understanding of contemporary research on key topics within philosophy and/or the study of religion. Students will also have an opportunity to receive generic guidance about how to undertake research for their third-year Independent Study dissertation and how to structure that dissertation in a way that conforms to appropriate scholarly standards. This contemporary research could involve the publications of the members of staff teaching the module, but it could instead simply be influential recent work within the central research interests of those members of staff. Moreover, this contemporary research could take the form of recent commentaries and interpretations offering a fresh perspective on classic historic texts. With the exception of the classes explicitly intended to prepare students for the task of writing their Independent Study dissertations, all teaching will be seminar-based and research-led. Students will be expected to read the key texts in a focused way, present seminar papers, and actively engage in class discussion,
Moral philosophy focuses on questions concerning how we ought to treat each other and what we owe one another. But what happens when someone knowingly and willingly harms us? How should we respond? What are our moral obligations to those who have wronged us? What are our obligations to ourselves? This module will discuss the merits and shortcomings of common reactive attitudes to wrongdoing, such as anger, hatred, resentment, guilt and blame. We will also consider what sorts of actions we ought to take against those who have wronged us (e.g. punishment, revenge, forgiveness, self-forgiveness, remembrance, apology, repentance, etc.).
This module will give the student the opportunity to research independently and write extensively on a topic relevant to Philosophy, Religion and Ethics. The students may choose a topic which is connnected to their other subject in consultation with their supervisor. The completion of the independent study project will entail the development of research, reading and writing skills, and may entail fieldwork skills. Students will be required to organise their ideas rigorously and in a structured manner. This module will provide the opportunity for autonomous learning, by deploying comparative, reflective and analytical skills.
This module will enable students to understand the importance of philosophical doctrines embedded in all world religions. The course will examine key religious philosophical arguments for the existence of God. Students will be able to engage in lively debates about the end of life and what lies ahead. The course will examine beliefs about life after death and will look at the different views about the soul’s journey. There will be an interesting opportunity to compare the philosophy of the Eastern religions with that of the Western traditions. The course will also cover essential content required for students who are proposing to undertake teaching Religious Studies in secondary schools where the Philosophy of Religion is becoming a core element of many GCSE, AS and A Level Syllabi. Central elements of metaphysics relating to religious doctrines such as ontology, the cosmological argument, the design argument and the moral argument for the existence of God will be explored and analysed. Students will become familiar with appropriate religious language that will be employed for this study.
This module aims to critically engage with alternative ways of thinking about social justice in terms of openness to 'others'. It will develop an understanding of the demands of social justice informed by the experience of power-relations connected with shifting social hierarchies.