Philosophy and Politics (joint honours)
BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons)
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Our joint honours course allows students to pursue their own areas of interest within Philosophy and Politics whilst also providing them with a solid foundation in the discipline and a range of personal and professional skills which will serve as a springboard for their future career development. The programme is carefully designed to enable students to gradually develop their knowledge and skills and enable them to explore their own areas of interest and become autonomous, effective and independent learners.
In Philosophy, our modules explore how the work of historical philosophers impacts upon debates that are central to contemporary philosophy. Politics modules will help you to develop your understanding and knowledge of power in social relations and how this manifests itself in our institutions, ideas and in the distribution of limited resources in society.
Links between research and undergraduate teaching are an important and distinctive feature of the programme, and the combined research experience and competencies of staff have shaped its design, content and delivery.
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Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
In your first year, you’ll be introduced to Reason and what makes an action ‘good’ or ‘bad'. You’ll ask how humans are different from animals. And you’ll learn how to evaluate arguments and use logic. You’ll discover the essentials of modern political issues by exploring a broad range of political systems and ideologies. You’ll develop skills essential for success in your future career.
In your second year, you’ll start to focus your philosophical interests. This might be religion and the concept of gods, or evolution, gender, identity or art. You’ll debate the great issues of contemporary politics. You’ll sharpen your analytical and debating techniques, mould critical perspectives and turn facts and opinions into a clear, persuasive argument.
In your final year, you’ll have the freedom to focus on what you care about most, including your dissertation subject. You’ll look more deeply at the concepts of freedom, morality and judgment. You might question whether we have free will or you might test the idea of evil. Other optional modules let you explore specialist political topics.
After you graduate
As you study, you’ll develop highly transferable skills and competencies in the areas that employers care about.
- critical thinking
- creative problem solving
- written, spoken and visual communication, in a variety of media and styles
- intercultural and interpersonal understanding
- research and analysis
- working independently and collaboratively
You’ll graduate able to analyse issues, express your ideas, inform and influence others, and respond to challenges – critical skills for the 21st century workplace.
Our graduates go on to work in diverse areas like
- NGOs and charities
- Social work
- Public relations
- Media and journalism
- The civil service
And many pursue postgraduate study, often here at Oxford Brookes.