Philosophy and Politics 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Philosophy and Politics.

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

Philosophy and Politics

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Studying Philosophy and Politics explores a range of contemporary issues, such as environmental matters, genetic engineering, and relationships with the Third World. Both disciplines are interested in issues about government, social structures, power, justice, and the relationship between the individual and the state.The clarity and precision in analysis provided by a training in philosophy complements the wide-ranging scope of political concerns, many of which have profound ethical implications of the kind dealt with in moral philosophy.

Many students who study this combination are able to evidence their ability to think critically, take a balanced approach, make reasoned arguments and collaborate with colleagues, as well as possess a superb grounding in understanding the way people think and approach problems.

What will this mean for my future?

In 2016, Keele University were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey.You could pursue a huge range of careers or continue further study. You might go into education, the law, finance, government, publishing, the media or the arts, civil service, or for a campaigning or lobbying group.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Ten Problems of Philosophy
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • How to Think
  • Moral Philosophy
  • British Politics Since 1945
  • Modern Democracies
  • Justice, Authority and Power
  • Why Politics Matters

Second Year

  • The Pursuit of the Good
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Epistemology and Metaphysics 
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Political Research in Practice
  • Freedom and Equality
  • Power to the People
  • Work Experience (Politics of Philosophy)
  • Choice of module inside or outside of Philosophy and Politics

Third Year

  • Philosophy of Art
  • Rorty and the Mirror of Nature
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Dissertation
  • The US Presidency
  • The Extreme Right in Western Europe
  • Human Rights
  • Contemporary Democratic Theory Human Rights

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)

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

 

Politics Year 1 (Level 4) (minimum of 3 modules to be taken)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Why Politics Matters

15

Debates in US Politics

15

Modern Democracies

15

Justice, Authority and Power

15

   

Introduction to International Relations

15

   

Securing Global Order

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

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

 

Politics Year 2 (Level 5) (minimum of 3 modules to be taken)

Optional modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

US Politics

15

British Politics

15

Russian Politics

15

Politics of the European Union

15

Elections, Parties and Voters

15

Freedom and Equality

15

Environmental Politics and Policy

15

Why Policy Changes

15

Contemporary International Relations

Theory

15

International Organization

15

The Modern Middle East

15

African Politics

15

International Relations of Eurasia

15

The Practice of Politics

15

The Practice of Politics

15

Work Experience

15

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

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

 

Politics Year 3 (Level 6) (2 or more modules)

Optional modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation module

30

Russia and Europe

15

The Extreme Right in Western Europe

15

The Left in Modern Politics

15

Environmental Politics in the USA

15

Modern Russia

15

The Northern Dimension

15

Proliferation

15

Environmentalism, Environmental

Movements and Protest

15

Britain and war since 1945: War, Cold War

And Society

15

The Missing Dimension

15

Politics of Development

15

Israel-Palestine: Key Debates and Issues

15

Policing International Order

15

Gendering Global Politics

15

Understanding Terrorism and Counter-

terrorism

15

The U.S. Presidency

15

Urban Politics

15

 

Modules - Year Four

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.

 

The Missing Dimension

15

Politics of Development

15

Israel-Palestine: Key Debates and Issues

15

Policing International Order

15

Gendering Global Politics

15

Understanding Terrorism and Counter-

terrorism

15

The U.S. Presidency

15

Urban Politics

15

 

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

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation module

30

Modern Russia

15

   

Environmental Politics in the USA

15

   

The Left in Modern Politics

15

   

The Extreme Right in Western Europe

15

   

Russia and Europe

15

   

The Northern Dimension

15

   

The Missing Dimension

15

   

Politics of Development

15

   

Israel-Palestine: Key Debates and Issues

15

   

Policing International Order

15

   

Gendering Global Politics

15

   

Britain and War since 1945: War, Cold War

And Society

15

   

Understanding Terrorism and Counter-

terrorism

15

   

The U.S. Presidency

15

   

Urban Politics

15

 

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