School of History, Philosophy and Culture

  • Philosophy (BA or BSc)

    Induction Week (Week 0) Diary

    Here is a list of the main events involving Philosophy students in Induction Week (17-21 September). Events in bold are COMPULSORY.

    Once you've had a look at your timetable for the week, click on our Welcome page, which contains lots of other useful information. Everything you need to know about Harcourt Hill Campus is here.




    Monday 17 September

    Opportunities to visit the Harcourt Hill Library and to attend any Workshops and Events that interest you. All Day Harcourt Hill Campus / Headington Campus

    Tuesday 18 September

    Induction/Welcome Meeting Start at 10:00
    Finish at 12:30
    B1.01 (Main Lecture Theatre), Harcourt Hill Campus

    Wednesday 19 September

    Freshers' Sports Fair 10:00 to 16:00 Centre for Sport, Headington Campus
    Enrolment. Please note that enrolment commences at 16:30. You MUST arrive by this time at the very latest. Start at 16:30
    Finish at 17:30
    Abercrombie Building (Ground Floor), Headington Road site, Headington Campus

    Thursday 20 September

    Subject Meeting 1 Start at 10:00
    Finish at 11:00
    T500, Tonge Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus.
    All single honours students must attend this meeting.
    Combined honours students can choose to attend this meeting or the 11am meeting (see below).
    Subject Meeting 2 Start at 11:00
    Finish at 12:00
    T500, Tonge Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus.
    Combined honours students should attend meetings for both subjects but can choose which meeting to attend first.
    Meet Your Academic Advisor Drop-in from
    14:00 to 16:00
    Check on your PIP page when you print your timetable for their name and room number.
    PIP Helpdesk (First Years only) Drop-in from
    14:00 to 17:00
    G126, Gibbs Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    For timetable and programme queries

    Friday 21 September

    Freshers' Fair 10:00 to 16:00
    John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    PIP Helpdesk (All students) Drop-in from
    11:00 to 17:00
    G126, Gibbs Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    For timetable and programme queries.

    All Days

    Various Workshops and Events See Workshops and Events page for details.

    Subject Codes

    All subjects within the university have a unique code. For Philosophy, they are as follows:

    Subject Code


    PK PK is single honours Philosophy i.e. students study only Philosophy. Students will be studying for a BA.
    PQ PQ is combined honours Philosophy i.e. students are combining Philosophy with another subject. Students will be studying for a BA or a BSc dependent on their second subject.

    Key Contacts

    Here is a list of Key Contacts for your course:


    Contact Details

    Head of School Professor Joanne Begiato
    Programme Lead Dr Mark Cain
    Subject Coordinator Dr Dan O'Brien
    Student Support Coordinator Mr Michael Barringer
    Academic Liaison Librarian Ms Jo Akers
    Programme Administrator Mr Ray Stimpson +44 (0)1865 484931

    Recommended Reading

    Here are some of the recommended texts for the first year Philosophy modules. Please note that you are not required to get these books in advance. They are shown for those students who want to make a head start on the reading. Full reading lists for each module will be given in your lectures.


    Book Details

    U73100 Introduction to Philosophy Nagel, T. (1989). What Does It All Mean: A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press
    U73101 Introduction to Ethics Singer, P. (ed.). (1993). A Companion to Ethics. Oxford: Blackwell
    U73102 Theory of Knowledge O'Brien, D. (2017). An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Polity
    U73103 Reason and Argument Bowell, T. and Kemp, K. (2010). Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide. 3rd ed. London: Routledge
    Papineau, D. (2012). Philosophical Devices: Proofs, Probabilities, Possibilities, and Sets. Oxford: Oxford University Press

    Academic Advisors

    This is a list of all the Academic Advisors for Philosophy. You will be notified of who your Academic Advisor is when you enrol. You should meet your Academic Advisor in his/her room on Thursday Week 0 between 2pm and 4pm. If there is any change to this, it will be shown in the Alternative Arrangement column.




    Alternative Arrangement

    Dr Stephen Boulter B2.26 48 8566  
    Dr Mark Cain B2.23 48 8557  
    Professor Beverley Clack B2.24 48 8495  
    Dr Helen De Cruz B2.20 48 8490  
    Dr Daniel O'Brien B2.20 48 8490