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School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Politics and Philosophy with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Part-time 8 years, Full-time 4 years

Politics and Philosophy presents to us the major preoccupations of human existence; what is the good life? How can we judge between right and wrong? For some traditions in philosophy the civic life or the life of the state was the way to operationalize the good life and to develop fully human potential.

Politics and Philosophy presents to us the major preoccupations of human existence; what is the good life? How can we judge between right and wrong? For some traditions in philosophy the civic life or the life of the state was the way to operationalize the good life and to develop fully human potential.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L204
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (8 years), Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Why choose this course?

Politics and Philosophy presents to us the major preoccupations of human existence; what is the good life? How can we judge between right and wrong? For some traditions in philosophy the civic life or the life of the state was the way to operationalize the good life and to develop fully human potential. Therefore, the two subjects overlap and interconnect well in their consideration of how people should live and how they can come together as citizens.

The foundation year of this course is designed to offer applicants who do not have the required qualifications, a programme which will equip them with a robust toolkit of academic, digital and personal skills required for successful study in higher education. It also provides an understanding of, and insight into, a range of disciplines that underpin their chosen programme of study. In the foundation year students will develop their ability to gain the most out of structured in-class study, and also to manage and evaluate their own independent learning. This wide range of transferable skills is of immense value in both undergraduate study and graduate employment. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of their subject area to degree level.

 

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:

UNDERGRADUATE

Year 1 (Foundation)

3GK003 Academic Skills (20 Credits)

3GK005 Critical Thinking (20 Credits)

3GK007 Wolverhampton and its People (20 Credits)

3GK004 The World at Work: Careers and Personal Development (20 Credits)

3GK006 Extended Project (20 Credits)

3GK008 Culture and Nationality in Conflict (20 Credits)

Year 2

 4PH002 Introduction to European Philosophy (20 Credits)

4PO003 Introduction to British Politics (20 Credits)

4PH003 Thinking Ethically (20 Credits)

4PO002 Introduction to International Relations (20 Credits)

4GK001 Raising Intercultural Awareness or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4HU002 Popular Culture or 4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 3

5PH002 Ethical Virtues, Principles and Judgement (20 Credits)

5PO003 Contemporary Political Ideologies (20 Credits)

5PH003 Knowing the World: Language and Experience (20 Credits)

5PO004 World Politics (20 Credits)

5HU001 The Enlightenment or 5HU003 Body, Sexuality and Identity or 5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5PH001 Law, Morality and Society or 5PO005 Europe United? European Politics, Societies, Cultures or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 4

6PH003 Freedom, Recognition and Authenticity (20 Credits)

6PO003 Political Theory (20 Credits)

6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe or 6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland or 6MZ012 Global Media/Global Culture or 6SL013 The Global World or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe or 6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland or 6MZ012 Global Media/Global Culture or 6SL013 The Global World or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6PH002 Self and Other: The Demands of Social Justice or 6PO002 The Politics of the Middle East or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6PH005 Independent Study in Philosophy or 6PO004 Project (Politics) or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community (20 Credits)

 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Politics and Philosophy graduates have gone on to pursue a variety of careers in the public and private sector. Several now work in journalism; others are employed as teachers and lecturers, while some have opted for postgraduate study at prestigious institutions throughout the world. Careers in local government, IT, media and campaigning are also pursued.

 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

 

  • Members of the Philosophy and Politics subject teams are active researchers and have published widely. This research underpins the curriculum and ensures an engagement with current developments in the disciplines.
  • You will learn to apply philosophical skills and techniques to practical reasoning in an imaginative way.
  • Both subjects are in the School of Law, Social Sciences and communications which have a strong tradition of pastoral support and counselling relating to academic skills.
  • Internationally renowned philosophers are invited under the Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture series to deliver lectures.

Comment from our External Examiner on provision:

For Philosophy:

"The curriculum is very well designed with material which meets the requirements of philosophical rigour and contemporary relevance. It is suitably orientated to cater for the interests of the students on the joint honours program. As in previous years it is evident that significant and sustained attention has been devoted to thinking about how to teach content in a way which encourages student engagement".

 Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Organise (materials, time-frames, formats, etc.) and gather information from a variety of sources.
  2. Employ a range of written, oral and digital resources in the research, articulation and presentation of scholarly and academic work;
  3. Demonstrate a familiarity with specialised subject vocabularies, drawing connections between ideas, concepts, arguments and theories within Politics and Philosophy;
  4. Display a critical self-awareness and openness to reasoned dialogue with others in a multi-cultural and international context whilst learning to act independently;
  5. Demonstrate key employment skills (eg. self-management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups);
  6. Appreciate the historical development of the major traditions in Politics and Philosophy.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2020 Entry

Typical entry requirement: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

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  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

 Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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