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
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: LV25

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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