Education and Philosophy 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Education and Philosophy make the ideal combination if you’re interested in the philosophical basis of education and the moral and ethical aspects of ideas, policy and learning.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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Course Overview

If you choose this combination, you will study educational topics such as the nature of learning, the history of education, and policies and practices that aim to promote justice and equality. Our Philosophy programme will provide you with a grounding in the core areas of the discipline, and enable you to explore a range of contemporary ideological issues.

 

You will study educational topics such as the nature of learning, the history of education, and the changes to political thinking about its purpose. Philosophy topics will explore central themes such as moral philosophy, epistemology and political philosophy, considering key philosophical problems and the various solutions proposed. You’ll enhance your logical and critical thinking skills, developing the use of sound arguments while detecting fallacies and other argumentative weaknesses.

What will this mean for my future?

Philosophy provides a superb grounding in understanding the way people think and approach problems. You will possess highly developed skills in critical thinking and exploring multiple approaches to problem solving, both of which are highly prized by employers. You could pursue a he range of careers, or continue to further study. You might go into education, the law, finance, government, publishing, the media or the arts or banking, for example.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Back to the Future: Issues in the history of schooling 
  • Too Poor to Learn: Poverty, education and social policy 
  • Education in Britain 
  • Environmental Ethics 
  • Ten Problems of Philosophy 
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Moral Philosophy

Second year

  • Education Matters: Contemporary issues and debates in education 
  • Environmental Politics and Policy 
  • Issues in Public Education 
  • Freedom and Equality 
  • The Pursuit of the Good 
  • Philosophy of Mind 
  • Epistemology and Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Science

Third year

  • Dissertation 
  • Race, Politics and Education 
  • Educating for Global Citizenship 
  • The Making of Professionals
  • Education, Work, Identity
  • Higher Education
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Philosophy -  Each year you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Philosophy. In years 1 and 2 this is achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Philosophy optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

 

Education Year 1 (Level 4)

All students must take two compulsory modules and one optional module. The remaining 15 credits can be obtained by either taking another optional module or an elective module.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Understanding Learning

15

Childhood, Policy and Education

15

Education in Britain: past, present, future

15

Back to the Future: Issues in the History of Schooling

15

   

Digital Technologies: Rethinking Learning and Teaching

15

   

Too Poor to Learn? Poverty, Education

and Social Policy

15

   

Elective module  

15

 

Philosophy Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

10 Problems of Philosophy

15

Ancient Philosophy

15

How to Think

15

Continental Philosophy

15

   

Moral Philosophy

15

   

Justice, Authority and Power

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Education Year 2 (Level 5)

All students must take two compulsory modules and one optional module. The remaining 15 credits can be obtained by either taking another optional module or an elective module.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Education Matters: Contemporary Issues and Debates in Education

15

Play, Power and Pedagogy

15

Research Strategies and Methods in Education*

15

Reflective Teaching: critical and reflective approaches to teaching in secondary

education

15

   

Education Placement

15

   

Issues in Public Education

15

   

Comparative Education

15

   

Special Education

15

   

Education Placement

15

   

Elective module

15

* Students taking Education as one of their combined honours subjects must take the compulsory module in each semester. However, due to significant similarities between the year two Research Methods modules in Education and Sociology, students studying Education and Sociology must choose only one year two Research Methods module. This can be from either discipline but students are advised to consider this in connection with the ISP module they anticipate selecting in year three. Students should replace the other research methods module with an optional module from either discipline offered in the same semester.

 

Philosophy Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

Pursuit of the Good

15

Philosophy of Religion

15

Epistemology and Metaphysics I

15

Philosophy of Mind

15

   

Philosophy of Science

15

   

Freedom and Equality

15

   

Work Experience in Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment

15

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Education Year 3 (Level 6)

Students can choose to do a) one compulsory module and one optional module, b) minimum 3 optional modules and one elective or c) 4 optional modules (options b) and c) suitable for students who wish to do a dissertation in their second subject)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation (Independent research

Project, or equivalent) in either of the two

subjects

30

The Making of Professionals: Education,

Health and Social Work

15

   

Higher Education: Policy and the Student Experience

15

   

Education, Work and Identity

15

   

Education for Global Citizenship

15

   

Race, Politics and Education

15

   

Inclusive Education

15

   

School Engagement and Outreach

15

   

Elective module

15

Philosophy Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

None

 

Dissertation in Philosophy

30

   

Philosophy of Art

15

   

Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

15

   

Epistemology and Metaphysics II

15

   

Great Philosophers of the 20th Century

15

   

Philosophy of Language

15

   

Metaphysics

15

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Education in your final year you will study the following modules:

You will be required to take the compulsory module and 4 optional modules. You will be able to obtain the remaining 30 credits by either a) taking further optional modules or electives approved for Education or b) by taking optional and elective modules from your second subject.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation (Independent research project)

30

The Making of Professionals:

Education, Health and Social Work

15

   

Higher Education: Policy and the Student Experience

15

   

Education, Work and Identity

15

   

Educating for Global Citizenship

15

   

Race, Politics and Education

15

   

Inclusive Education

15

   

School Engagement and Outreach

15

   

Elective module

15

 

 

If you choose to specialise in Philosophy in your final year, you will study the following modules:

 

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

Dissertation in Philosophy

30

Philosophy of Art

15

   

Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

15

   

Epistemology and Metaphysics II

15

   

Great Philosophers of the 20th Century

15

   

Philosophy of Language

15

   

Metaphysics

15

 

In addition to the programme-approved elective modules listed in this table, students may choose to study modules that are offered as part of other programmes in SPIRE and across the University. These include:

 

  • Modules in other subjects related to Philosophy such as Psychology and Sociology.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as English, History, Politics, International Relations, or the Environment.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for academic purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic.
  • Elective modules related to student volunteering, studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme, employability skills and personal development.

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az