BA Philosophy and Politics

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Philosophy graduates leave with skills in analysis and argument, presentation and teamwork that are highly sought after in a wide range of professions. Our lecturers are highly experienced and active in research. Their specialised findings are the central focus of many taught modules, giving our students direct insight into the latest philosophical understanding and cutting-edge debates.

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"Choosing UEA came out of a number of factors: I knew I wanted to go to a university with a strong campus community, and focus on modern British politics and media studies within a friendly and modern environment"

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Dan Youmans, BA Politics

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Our Politics courses offer students a broad range of options and opportunities – from politics to international relations, media and popular culture to public policy and management, and beyond. Our students benefit from an excellent research programme, regular guest speaker seminars and a range of exciting internship opportunities to build experience and employability.

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"The campus is unique, the philosophy faculty are excellent and the humanities staff are so helpful. I felt completely at home there.”

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Emma Corsan, BA Philosophy

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What could be more important in the modern world than understanding politics? Well, probably, learning to do philosophy too. It’s evident—you’ve probably noticed— from the political debates in the media, newspapers, TV and so on, that politicians and commentators are often let down by their sloppy thinking, their inability to detect and deflect the shoddy rhetoric of the interviewers or their opponents, and by their simple misunderstandings of some of the basic distinctions and clarifications that someone with a proper philosophical training would find easy.

Nothing can substitute in this respect for a good Honours Degree training in both subjects. Here at UEA you get to work with world experts in both fields and choose your options from a wide range of fascinating historical and topical areas in Philosophy and in Political Science, including International Relations.

Overview

Philosophy and Politics go well together, because the political is one area of human life that is guided and governed by big ideas and in which the way that those ideas play out has major effects in real life. Philosophy is the art of thinking clearly about the deepest issues that matter to human beings and in the wider world, so that bringing the rigour of philosophy to political thinking has great benefits for the political animal, whether that is you as a citizen with a vote or you as a politician campaigning for office. Among the issues in philosophy that experts at UEA are particularly engaged in are some that relate to the future of our planet, the rights of future generations, and our Western intellectual and cultural heritage from the Ancient Greeks, to the great works of political thought, literature, cinema and art. With the experts in political science you will also get to study the philosophical underpinnings of democracy; the clash between different world views; and the philosophical basis of utopian political systems. In your second or third year you will take a module in Political Philosophy, which brings the two areas of study together, and you may also wish to follow this up in a dissertation.

The degree allows you to engage equally with both Politics and Philosophy, choosing from a wide range of modules in each discipline. Alternatively you can weight the degree slightly in favour of one or the other in your second year. There are opportunities in your final year to take research-led special subject modules and a dissertation on an individual topic of your own, or to

On both sides of the degree you will engage in a mixture of historical reflection and cutting edge contemporary work— exploring and debating the ideas and theories of great thinkers from antiquity to the present day.

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Course structure

Your degree programme may contain compulsory or optional modules. Compulsory modules are designed to give you a solid grounding, optional modules allow you to tailor your degree.

The course modules section below lists the current modules by year and you can click on each module for further details. Each module lists its value (in credits) and its module code, a year of study is 120 credits. 

Assessment

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, including the use of essays, substantial research projects or dissertation, and examinations. Each module will have its own combination of assessment method. Your final result is calculated by combining the results of all of the modules which you have studied in the final two years.

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Study Abroad

Students who are enrolled on three-year programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities have the option of applying to study abroad at one of UEA’s partner universities, for one semester of the second year. Please see our Study Abroad website for further information and criteria.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits

CLASSIC READINGS IN PHILOSOPHY

This introductory module for first year students is designed to invite you into philosophical enquiry by engaging in a conversation with some of the most famous philosophers of the past. We start with a classic work by Plato, from the birth of philosophy in Classical Greece, and we finish with a classic work from modern philosophy that has been of major significance. In between, we typically focus on one other text, usually a famous work by Aristotle, or some later Greek and Mediaeval thinker may be included. The texts are studied in English. You will learn to do philosophy in dialogue with thinkers whose ideas and arguments are not just brilliant "for their time", but brilliant for our time and for all time. You will come away thinking differently about many things that you had never properly asked about before. The module is suitable for those with no prior knowledge of philosophy, and students on other degrees who are taking no other philosophy modules. You should come with an open mind, or willing to open your mind.

PPLP4061A

20

GREAT BOOKS

This module revolves around the close reading of four classic texts from the distant or the recent past, which offer profoundly original perspectives on problems that must constantly be faced and reflected upon by mankind. The specific problem we shall focus on in Spring 2017 is the opposition of liberty and oppression, seen in particular from the point of view of the relation between freedom and revolution. Our main task will be to explore a genealogy of the idea of revolution and then devote ourselves to philosophically central conceptions of revolution, beginning with Marx (and looking at his influence on thinkers and political figures such as Lenin or Rosa Luxemburg) and continuing with critics of Marx who made an effort to reconceive the very idea of revolution, notably the French philosopher and mystic Simone Weil and the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber. These figures and their ideas will naturally attract a number of other texts, some philosophical and some literary (authors may include Homer, LaBoetie, Landauer, Levi, Melville, Todorov), which will be discussed to broaden the context in which our four classics can be situated and explore their theoretical resonance with other classics.

PPLP4065B

20

INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY POLITICS

This module introduces students to some of the key contemporary debates and issues in the disciplines of Politics and International Relations. The central theme of the module is liberal democracy, its nature, scope and potential strengths and weaknesses. We consider forces which have had an impact upon western liberal democracy - such as globalisation and the media - and examine case studies which illustrate the success and failure of liberal democracy in practice. The case studies change from year to year, but currently include Weimar Germany, Northern Ireland, Britain and the Middle East, and the US.

PPLX4052A

20

MODERN READINGS IN PHILOSOPHY

This module introduces students to the history of modern philosophy by studying the work of a number of major philosophers from the period 1650 to 1950. Philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Sartre and de Beauvoir may be studied. We look at the different answers they give to a common set of problems, beginning with problems in epistemology, i.e. problems about the nature and limits of human knowledge, about what we can know and how we can know it. These problems connect with questions about what the world must be like in order for us to know it and what we (our minds) must be like in order to know the world, what sort of properties we possess and what this means for our freedom and actions. The module is taught through a detailed reading of original texts by these philosophers, and close reading of texts is developed in the formative exercises and the summative essay work; there is also an examination. The module is suitable for students with little or no prior experience of philosophy, and can be taken by students on other degrees, as your first or sole philosophy module.

PPLP4063B

20

SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THEORY

This module explores the ways in which a variety of thinkers have sought to understand modern society, culture and politics. You will learn to grapple with fascinating and challenging theories of contemporary life by reading the work of writers such as Rousseau and Kant, Marx and Weber, Freud and Foucault. Is modern life shaped by capitalism or bureaucracy? Are we freer than ever before, or slaves to the market and the state? Are we truly individuals or does society shape our identity? What is power and who has it? These are the kinds of question you will debate in class as you learn to think deeply about what drives the world today.

PPLX4051A

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

DISCOURSE AND POWER

This module focuses on the role of discourse in the structuring of social relations. Its aim is to show that the linguistic features that make up our texts and verbal exchanges reflect the purpose language is put to in a specific context. Particular consideration is given to the discourse of the media, advertising and politics and how it affects and is affected by ideology and socio-cultural assumptions and by the relationship between individuals and social groups. Students are introduced to the main concepts and essential analytical tools and are encouraged to select their own material for analysis (class practice and formative exercises) on the basis of relevance to their studies and interests. This module equips students with the necessary skills to undertake their own critical analysis of any texts encountered in the course of their studies and beyond and is, therefore, suited to students majoring in political and social sciences, media and cultural studies, literature, philosophy and languages. Students attend a one-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar.

PPLL4011B

20

INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL COMMUNICATION

This module fundamentally deals with ideas about the power of the media and the ways that various political actors use that power. It will examine this in terms of how political actors use the media in political communications. Students will cover ideas about media effects, branding in politics, and soft power in international relations, as well as the tools used by various political actors, such as political parties and resistance or civic movements. These will be discussed in relation to the roles of journalists and public opinion, communications in elections, as well national building and branding and the communication of transnational actors. Students will get practical experience analysing and producing communication strategies.

PPLM4001B

20

REASONING AND LOGIC

Consider this argument: 'If two equals one, then, since you and the Pope are two, you and the Pope are one'. This is admittedly odd, but at the same time it feels compelling. The impression is that the argument includes bizarre or false claims, but that these are used in a somewhat consistent manner. What does this mean, exactly? The key to an answer is to draw a distinction between arguments that have true premises and arguments that do not but are nonetheless correct. In this module we shall study this distinction and focus in particular on learning easy ways of finding out whether an argument is correct or not. Since there are simple rules to do so, this module will not only enable you to spot an incorrect argument whenever you see it, but also offer you an especially straightforward way into the study of logic. Moreover, this is one of the few modules in the humanities where you can get a full 100% mark on all of your coursework, if you just know the basic ideas and the way to apply them.

PPLP4064B

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

BEGINNERS' ARABIC I (SPRING START)

This course is a pre-requisite to the study of Arabic language. Its aim is the mastery of the alphabet: the script, the sounds of the letters, and their combination into words. Also, it introduces basic Arabic phrases and vocabulary to help you have introductory conversations. The student will develop essential speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as a solid understanding of the structure of the language in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Some aspects of the Arab world and culture(s) are covered. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4045B

20

BEGINNERS' ARABIC II/IMPROVERS

This is the second part of a beginners' course in Arabic following on from Beginners' Arabic I (PPLB4029A). Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or equivalent experience) may join this module. Alternative slots may be available, depending on student numbers. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4030B

20

BEGINNERS' CHINESE I (SPRING START)

This module aims to introduce Standard Chinese (Mandarin) to learners with no (or very little) experience with the language and to develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students speaking other varieties of Chinese (e.g. Cantonese) are not eligible for this module. Teaching will include pronunciation, vocabulary and basic grammar of Mandarin. Word processing and cultural topics will also be covered in class. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4051B

20

BEGINNERS' CHINESE II

A continuation of the beginners' course in Chinese. Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or equivalent experience) may join this module. It cannot be taken by final-year language and communication students. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4035B

20

BEGINNERS' FRENCH I (SPRING START)

This module is for students at beginners' level who have little or no prior experience of French (if you have a recent French GCSE grade C or above, or an international equivalent, then this module may not be appropriate for you - please contact the module organiser as soon as possible to be sure). The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills at the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages. The aim is to equip them with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where French is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4015B

20

BEGINNERS' FRENCH II

A continuation of the beginners' course in French (Beginners' French I). This module can be taken in any year, but not by final-year language and communication students. (If you have a recent French GCSE grade B or above, or an international equivalent, then this module may not be appropriate for you - please contact the module organiser as soon as possible to be sure). The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills at the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The aim is to equip them with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where French is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. Alternative slots may be available depending on student numbers. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4014B

20

BEGINNERS' GERMAN I (SPRING START) - A1 CEFR

This module is for students at beginners' level who have little or no prior experience of German. The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The aim is to equip students with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where German is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4047B

20

BEGINNERS' GERMAN II

A continuation of the beginners' course in German (PPLB4018A). Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or equivalent experience) may join this module. This module cannot be taken by final-year language and communication students. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4019B

20

BEGINNERS' GREEK II

A continuation of Beginners' Greek I. Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or equivalent experience) may join this module. It cannot be taken by final-year language and communication students. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4037B

20

BEGINNERS' ITALIAN II

A continuation of the beginners' course in Italian. Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or completed A1 level from CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference) may join this module. It cannot be taken by final-year language and communication students. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4039B

20

BEGINNERS' JAPANESE I (SPRING START)

This module is for students at beginners' level who have little or no prior experience of Japanese. The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The aim is to equip students with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where Japanese is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4042B

20

BEGINNERS' JAPANESE II

A continuation of the beginners' course in Japanese (Autumn or Spring). Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or equivalent experience) may join this module. It cannot be taken by final-year language and communication students. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4041B

20

BEGINNERS' RUSSIAN II

A continuation of Beginners' Russian I. Students with a GCSE or A Level in Russian (or equivalent to A2 CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference) may join this module. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4044B

20

BEGINNERS' SPANISH I (SPRING START)

This module is for students at beginners' level who have little or no prior experience of Spanish. The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The aim is to equip students with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where Spanish is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. This is a repeat of module PPLB4022A for those who wish to start their course in the Spring. This module is not available to language and communication students. This module is NOT open to students who have GCSE Spanish (or GCSE equivalent). Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4024B

20

BEGINNERS' SPANISH II

A continuation of the beginners' course in Spanish (Autumn or Spring). Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or equivalent experience) may join this module. It cannot be taken by final-year language and communication students. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4023B

20

INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE I (SPRING START)

A beginners' course in British Sign Language assuming no prior or minimal knowledge of the language. It is designed to provide students with basic training in communication with deaf people and an awareness of life and culture in the deaf world. Teaching and learning strategies include the use of signed conversation, role play, games and exercises to embed vocabulary and principles unique to a visual language. Assessment is based on a Sign Language conversation and in-class assessments. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. More classes will be put on if demand for PPLB4032B is low. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4033B

20

INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE II

A continuation of Introduction to British Sign Language I and Introduction to British Sign Language I (Spring Start). Teaching and learning strategies continue with the use of signed conversation, role play, games and exercises to embed vocabulary and principles unique to a visual language. It is designed to provide students with a follow-on in their understanding and awareness of life, culture and use of equipment in the Deaf World. Assessment is based on a Sign Language conversation and one written assessment. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4032B

20

Students must study the following modules for 20 credits:

Name Code Credits

BUILDING BLOCKS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the key theoretical issues and debates that underpin the discipline of political science so that students understand the main methodological and ideological approaches to political science. It will also be of relevance to international relations students. The module will provide important foundations for the remainder of the politics major degree. It will be one of two compulsory modules for single honours Politics students. The first part of the module will focus on understanding basic political concepts ('building blocks') such as a rational choice, culture, and institutions, and critically examine these concepts and their application, linking to key empirical debates in political science about power, representation, accountability and policy making in western democracies. The second part focuses on meta-theoretical concerns such as how to compare political phenomena and systems, ideas and material explanation, structure and agency, epistemology and ontology.

PPLX5160A

20

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY TO 1939

Analytic Philosophy has been the dominant model of philosophy in the English-speaking world for about a century, and most philosophy degrees still privilege this way of doing philosophy. But what is it and what is its history? According to its original promises this approach should make possible progress in philosophy that is comparable to scientific progress. But has this really happened? Could a revision of some of the original methodological ideas make this possible? In this module we examine the heritage of famous pioneers in this kind of philosophy, particularly Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, the early work of Ludwig Wittgenstein, and the work of Rudolf Carnap.

PPLP5171A

20

GENDER AND POWER

Providing a conceptual overview of feminist research approaches, this module examines contemporary gender and power relations. It examines both the formal and informal power structures that shape the experience of gender. Bringing together the fields of media, sociology, politics and cultural studies, the module explores the extent to which feminist theory informs gender-based activism.

PPLM5002A

20

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

'International Organisations' (Ios) is a term which refers to organisations whose members comprise the representatives of nation states. Few areas of international relations and politics remain unregulated by such international organisations and/or by international norms. We examine several 'grand' dilemmas facing humanity (security, welfare, environmental) and the forms of international governance set up to address those dilemmas. We ask why sovereign nation-states form, join and usually comply with the rules and the factors which determine the design and evolution of Ios. We also consider how Ios and member states interact with international non-governmental organisations (iNGOs), and the impact of the latter on domestic public policy. In particular, we examine the UN, NATO, European Union, and international financial institutions, the emergence of potential alternatives to these mainly western-centric organisations and we bring together a critical evaluation of the main theories which seek to explain international cooperation with an examination of contemporary issues in these public policy fields. Finally, we consider whether international organisation (the latter singular) amounts to an effective form of global governance to the extent that it at least mitigates anarchy in the international system.

PPLI5057A

20

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY

This module will give students an essential grounding in International Relations theory, encompassing both the foundational theories of realism and liberalism, and contemporary debates about hegemony, neo-imperialism and post-positivism. The module is structured around the positivist/post-positivist divide and starts with classical realism and neo-realism, and liberalism and neo-liberalism. It then explores the English School and constructivism before turning to more critical theories like post-colonialism, feminism and gender studies, and postmodernism.

PPLI5059A

20

INTRODUCTION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION

This module examines the development, structure, nature and functions of the European Union and looks at the history and theories of European integration from the 1940s to the present day. The module concentrates on the institutions and processes which run the EU, demystifies its main policies, examines critically the role of the Euro, and assesses the positions of the member-states on the EU's constantly developing agenda. The significance of the European Union in relationship to the rest of the world, its democratic credentials and its importance for understanding politics and governance are also considered. This module is recommended for those students who intend to progress to the European Studies with Brussels Internship' module in Year 3

PPLI5044A

20

LOGIC

This module will look at the conceptual foundations of logic with an especial emphasis on the relationship between logic and natural language. After a brief introduction to (recap on) first-order logic with identity (semantics and proof), the unit will proceed to look at a number of interconnected themes, including the semantic paradoxes, Russell's theory of descriptions, the nature of truth, logical syntax, and natural language quantification. Although PPLP4064B Reasoning and Logic is not a pre-requisite, those students who did not get at least 60% on that module, or did not take the module at all, should see the Module Organiser before enrolling.

PPLP5080A

20

NEW MEDIA AND SOCIETY

For better or worse, new digital technologies are hyped at having revolutionised society. This module will provide students with an introduction to the ways in which the internet and other digital technologies are (and are not) affecting society from theoretical and empirical perspectives, and how society shapes technology. Topics covered include: the evolution of the internet; the "network society"; regulating new media; the radical internet and terrorism; social networking, blogs and interactivity; culture and identity in the digital age; and how the internet affects politics and the media.

PPLM5053A

20

PHENOMENOLOGY AND EXISTENTIALISM

In this module we explore the genesis and development of the phenomenological tradition, one of the most significant and influential movements of the twentieth century. Beginning with Edmund Husserl's attempt to investigate the intentionality of pure consciousness in all its forms, we will investigate the critique of these ideas put forward by Husserl's most famous student, Martin Heidegger. Rooting phenomenological analysis in the lived world of anxiety, mortality, freedom, and temporality, Heidegger's work gave rise to important debates in existential philosophy, especially in the work of Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Phenomenological analysis and existential philosophy share a commitment to understanding human life as an integrated whole that does away with traditional philosophical divisions between metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics and political thought. Time permitting, we will also look at some later immanent criticisms of phenomenology and existentialism developed by such thinkers as Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida. This module is offered biennially.

PPLP5082A

20

POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

The dominant political philosophy of our time is liberalism (and 'neo-liberalism'). This module will examine topics in contemporary political philosophy including the liberalism of John Rawls's 'A Theory of Justice' (1972) together with the critical responses to it of Marxists, ecologists, free-market libertarians, and communitarians. It thus puts students in a position to understand and criticise the mainstream 'received wisdom' in this area, and potentially to formulate alternatives to it. Is liberalism a suitable political philosophy for our time? If not, what is?

PPLP5088A

20

POLITICS IN THE USA

Virtually alone among the world's modern democratic nations, the US does not have parliamentary government. This module is an introduction to the American system, in which power is divided between state and federal authorities, and further among legislative, executive and judicial branches. Does this open-textured system encourage democratic participation? Has it become so chaotic that sound policy making is discouraged?

PPLX5164A

20

TOPICS IN BRITISH POLITICS

British politics is in turbulent times. The victory of the 'Leave' campaign in the EU referendum has left Britain's position in the world uncertain, the party system in flux and the constitutional relationship between its nations unstable. Nationalist parties are on the rise, the constitution is in crisis and the effects of austerity politics continues. We examine contemporary events and themes by examining in depth three or four topics which vary on an annual basis according to developments. Recently these have included: power in Britain, British Prime Ministers, the British constitution, elections in Britain, political ideologies.

PPLX5048A

20

WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT

This level 5 module examines in depth the works of selected thinkers who are seminal to the Western tradition of political thought, including Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill and Machiavelli. Their work will also be compared thematically, with a focus on themes such as the natural law and social contract traditions, and other schools of thought which have been influenced by these traditions.The module will be based on the study and interpretation of key texts and will enable students to develop skills of textual analysis and critique. It will also provide some of the historical background necessary to study more contemporary political theory at level 6, as well as building substantially on some of the political theories encountered on Social and Political Theory at level 4.

PPLX5064A

20

Students will select 0 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

STUDY ABROAD MODULE

The School has various arrangements with a large number of overseas Universities where it is possible to spend a semester studying abroad.

PPLX5049B

60

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I

This is an intermediate course in French and is intended for students who have enough pre-A-Level experience of French and wish to develop their knowledge to a standard comparable to A-Level / Baccalaureate / B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The module is made up of four elements: Listening Comprehension, Writing, Translation and Grammar. While the emphasis is on comprehension, the speaking and writing of French are also included. The module is NOT available to students with AS or A-Level French /Baccalaureate / Level B1 in the CEFR. This module can be taken in any year. (Alternative slots may be available depending on student numbers.) Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB5150A

20

INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I

An intermediate course in German for those students who have taken Beginners' German I and II or who have a GCSE or an AS level grade D (or below, or equivalent to A2 CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference) in the language. This module aims to enable students to build on, and further enhance, existing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. A key component is the exploration of themes that develop interculturality. Specific aspects of language are revisited and consolidated at a higher level. The emphasis lies on enhancing essential grammar notions and vocabulary areas in meaningful contexts, whilst developing knowledge of contemporary life and society that focuses on culture and current affairs. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB5151A

20

INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I

An intermediate course in Japanese for those students who have taken Beginners' Japanese I and II or who have a GCSE or similar qualification in the language. This module aims to enable students to build on, and further enhance, existing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. A key component is the exploration of themes that develop interculturality. Specific aspects of language are revisited and consolidated at a higher level. The emphasis lies on enhancing essential grammar notions and vocabulary areas in meaningful contexts, whilst developing knowledge of contemporary life and society that focuses on culture and current affairs. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB5060A

20

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I

An intermediate course in Spanish for those students who have taken Beginners' Spanish I and II or who have a GCSE in the language (or A2 CEFR or international equivalent). This module aims to enable students to build on, and further enhance, existing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. A key component is the exploration of themes that develop interculturality. Specific aspects of language are revisited and consolidated at a higher level. The emphasis lies on enhancing essential grammar notions and vocabulary areas in meaningful contexts, whilst developing knowledge of contemporary life and society that focuses on culture and current affairs. Students will attend a seminar and a one hour oral. This module is NOT open to students who have AS-level or A level Spanish (or AS-level or A level equivalent). Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB5152A

20

Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AESTHETICS AND PHILOSOPHY OF ART

This module will explore some of the major themes and problems in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, asking questions about the value of art, aesthetic experience and judgement, artistic creativity, interpretation and representation. The module begins by looking at Plato's reflections on the place of the arts in society and includes an exploration of classics of the 18th and 19th Century aesthetic tradition such as Hume's Of the Standard of Taste, Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment, and Nietzsche The Birth of Tragedy, as well as more contemporary works from various traditions. We end with a reading of one of the most influential essays on art in the last century, Heidegger's Origin of the Work of Art, drawing together and attempting to reappraise many of the issues tackled in the module as a whole. This module is taught biennially.

PPLP5091B

20

EMPIRICISM AND NATURALISM: EXPERIENCE, EXPERIMENTS, AND PHILOSOPHY

The birth of modern science went hand in hand with the rise of Empiricist styles of philosophy that have exerted a huge philosophical and cultural influence, ever since. This module will critically assess this key tradition, explore how it has evolved over time, and examine how it influences exciting philosophical debates today. We will cover classical (early modern) empiricism, logical (20th century) empiricism, and current naturalism with a focus on methodological naturalism and the potentially transformative movement of experimental philosophy.

PPLP5169B

20

ETHICS FOR LIFE

Moral problems impinge directly on our lives. These may be either issues pertaining to oneself and to people close to one, or they may be connected with public policies, the law and issues of global justice. Though we shall discuss classic topics of practical ethics such as justice, equality, death and civil disobedience, our main interest will be in discerning the underlying patterns in our thinking about such problems. Another focus will be issues relating to philosophy's practical role. How exactly might philosophy help us in thinking about real moral problems and how best to live our lives? Are there ways in which literature might help us in thinking about morality and life? Using examples from literature and life we seek to expose over-simplifications in moral theory, develop sensitivities to the complexity of situations, and explore how tragedy, may, in the end, be a fundamental and unavoidable aspect of the human condition. This module is offered biennially.

PPLP5083B

20

FILM AS PHILOSOPHY

The module will present and evaluate the thesis that film not only exemplifies particular philosophical problems, but also provides its own distinctive style of answer to those problems. Students will be encouraged to develop their skills in distinguishing between genres. They will, for example, examine the differences and overlap between film, literature, and drama, and explore the implications of these differences. A range of different kinds of film and different themes in film will be studied.

PPLP5089B

20

NATURE, HUMANITY and ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES: THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE ENVIRONMENT

The aim of this module is to look at some of the philosophical and ethical issues underlying environmental concerns. In particular, we will ask in what sense it is possible to speak of a moral relationship of humans with their non-human environment. We will focus on understanding whether environmental value is intrinsic or relative to human interests, and look at how this distinction relates to arguments about the nature of our obligations towards other species and the natural environment. Finally we will examine some of the difficulties that debates about environmental policy face.

PPLP5167B

20

PHILOSOPHY OF MIND

What is it to have a mind? Are we humans the only things to have a mind? Is a mind even a unitary thing? This module will investigate these fundamental questions by way of considering two so-called marks of the mental. Firstly, to have a mind is to be able to represent or think about things (intentionality). Secondly, having a mind involves qualitative states: e.g., what it's like to feel pain or see red. The status of both of these marks is highly controversial. The module will seek to explain why they are controversial and assess possible solutions to the problems to which they give rise.

PPLP5098B

20

Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

BRITAIN AND EUROPE

'Brexit means Brexit'. But what does Brexit mean and what are the public policy choices at stake? The UK's relationship with its continental European neighbours has historically been fraught with tension and difficulty. This module investigates and attempts to explain Britain's longstanding ambivalent attitude towards European integration and considers competing visions of Britain's post-war destiny. It tracks through an examination of internal debates in the political parties the UK's changing European policy from aloofness in the 1950s through the two half-hearted applications for membership in the 1960s to accession in 1973 and the development of its reputation as an 'awkward partner'. It also examines the impact of EU membership on British politics and the British political system, and what may or may not happen over the next few years as a result of the 2016 referendum. This module is recommended for students who wish to apply in due course to take part in PPLI6087B: European Studies with Brussels Internship in Year 3.

PPLI5058B

20

DEMOCRACY

This module considers how the concept of democracy has changed since it originated in ancient Greece and looks at the critiques of democracy advanced by its opponents. The ideas and values underpinning democracy will be examined. The first part of the module focuses on texts by the major democratic thinkers including Locke, Rousseau and Mill. The second part concentrates on contemporary theories of democracy and examines the problems which democracy currently faces and evaluates the solutions proposed, including "electronic democracy" and "cosmopolitan democracy".

PPLX5051B

20

EU'S FUTURE AS AN INTERNATIONAL ACTOR

The module focuses on European political and economic co-operation and projections for the future. Issues include: the EU's attempts at foreign policy in international conflicts such as Iraq, former Yugoslavia, Georgia, co-operation with other International organisations, as an economic superpower vis-a-vis the United States, China and Japan, as aid-donor to the Developing World and a pioneering force behind environmental policy and energy policy - as a hesitant superpower in security and defence (Islamic State, Africa, Asia, etc.). It is advisable - but not compulsory - to know a few basics as to the make-up and workings of the EU before embarking on this module.

PPLI5046B

20

GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

This module offers an introduction to Global Political Economy (GPE), understood to be both a field of study and an approach to understanding the world of 'International Relations'. As a field of study, GPE encompasses the processes of trade, production, finance, the division of labour, "development", the environment, gender, and ideas as they operate at and across all levels, from global to local. As an approach, GPE is rooted in classical political economy, in that it recognizes the mutually constitutive nature of politics and economics. This is seen not only in the ways that the political and economic influence each other, but also in accepting that the full reality of political processes, possibilities, and outcomes cannot be adequately comprehended without reflection on associated economic dynamics, and vice versa. The course provides an overview of various classical and modern theoretical perspectives within GPE. Weekly discussion groups facilitate discussion on the lecture themes, offer a space to ask questions, and allow students to engage with some important arguments in the field.

PPLI5161B

20

IN AND OUT: THE POLITICS OF MIGRATION

This module will address the politics of migration and citizenship. It will provide students with a background to political thought on citizenship, membership and belonging. It will then examine migration at the international, state and individual levels. The international level will focus on historical movements of people (such as from Europe and Asia towards the Americas) and contemporary flows of refugees and guest workers. The state level will look comparatively at immigration and emigration policies and critically assess the logic behind them. Attention will be given to different countries in various regions for comprehensive comparative evaluation. Different types of migration will be considered, including economic (such as non-immigrant and immigrant work visas), family (such as spousal and family reunification visas) and humanitarian (refugees, asylum seekers, and special humanitarian protections). The politics of these migration categories will be foregrounded, including governmental tactics of management, how they comply or fail to comply with international human rights norms, and the foreign policy implications of humanitarian visas. Finally the individual level will consider narrative accounts of migration in order to understand policy and practice from a bottom-up and experiential perspective. Students will be encouraged to critically evaluate and analyse the politics of migration as manifest in the various policies and practices.

PPLI5060B

20

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

This module explores issues within, and perspectives on, international security. In the first part of the module, we explore the continuing salience of violent conflict and the use of force in world politics. While some have theorised that the advent of globalisation and spread of liberal democracy would make the use of force and violent conflict less relevant to the world, war and conflict have remained an integral part of the international system. The module examines the ways in which violent conflict and the use of force are managed in world politics. It surveys a variety of perspectives on the causes of war and peace in order to examine the roots of violent conflicts and security problems in the present day. Additionally, the responses of the international community to violent conflict including terrorism will be explored, looking broadly at the contested notion of the "Just War". Drawing upon historical and contemporary examples of war and violent conflict, it assesses the contributions of different actors and processes to the achievement of regional and world peace and security. The module's second part turns to contemporary 'critical' debates around international security. These will include constructivist, feminist, and sociological perspectives on what security is, how it is achieved, and whether it is desirable. We will also investigate the host of seemingly new security challenges that have increasingly captured the attention of policymakers and academics. How useful is it to think of issues such as pandemics, environmental degradation, poverty, and undocumented migration as security issues? What is gained and what is lost by so doing?

PPLI5056B

20

MEDIA, GLOBALISATION AND CULTURE

The module introduces students to the role of media and communications in processes of globalisation with a particular focus on questions of cultural change. It discusses the cultural implications of global media images and cultural products by exploring audience practices and media representations in different contexts. The first weeks of the module introduce the main theoretical approaches to mediated globalisation. The rest of the module discusses and assesses these approaches by critically exploring the connections between global media products and cultural transformation; changes and continuities in audience practices around the world; and the potential of media representations to transform social interaction across geographical borders.

PPLM5003B

20

POLITICAL VIOLENCE and CONFLICT: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES

Political violence, individual or collective is easily contemned as an irrational and barbaric phenomenon, with little relevance for understanding political developments and social change. A lot is down to LeBon's famous nineteenth century accounts of the crowd as 'a primitive being' so destructive 'that the interests of the individual, even the interest of self preservation, will not dominate them' (LeBon, 1995). The taboo of violence persists despite attempts of social and political theorists to engage with the issue and understand different forms and contexts, from riots, to religious violence and terrorism. The aim of the module is to break this generalized taboo by tracing the role (explicit or implicit) of political violence in political theory and its function in processes of socio-political transformations and change. Critical engagement with contemporary theoretical and empirical debates around the issue and the examination of mass and new media representations of political violence will enable students to develop a sophisticated understanding of the origins, logics, perceptions and outcomes of political violence and conflict.

PPLM5002B

20

POLITICS AND MEDIA

Media is an inescapable part of contemporary political life. This module examines the many dimensions of media's political involvement. We start with arguments about media power, and then go on to look at questions of media 'bias', before turning to the ways in which political communication has changed (and is changing). We look at the role of the state in using and controlling media and the new techniques of media management - and at how digital media are changing the relationship between politics and media. This leads to a discussion about media effects. We end by asking what is meant by a democratic media and what the future might bring for the relationship of media and politics. This module links closely to Level 6 modules such as Issues in International Communication and Politics, and Politics and Popular Culture.

PPLM5001B

20

POWER AND SOCIETY

This module introduces students to key perspectives in 19th and 20th century social and political theory. Central to this module is an interest in the relationship between economic, social and cultural structures and individual agency and identity. Areas explored include the following: social conflict and consensus; conceptions of power and domination; Marxism and neo-Marxism; critical theory; structuralism; poststructuralism; ideology and discourse; postmodernity; the self and consumer society.

PPLX5159B

20

RUSSIA AND THE WORLD

The aim of this module is to consider the relationship between domestic and foreign policy in post-Soviet Russia. The module will start by studying Russian domestic politics and assess the extent to which President Putin has taken Russia back to Soviet-style dictatorship. We will then look at foreign policy, and concentrate on a number of case studies, including the wars in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria, and discuss whether Russia has become an expansionist and militaristic power which is a threat to stability in the world.

PPLX5043B

20

THE MEDIA AND IDENTITY

Drawing on a range of theoretical approaches in the field of media and cultural studies, this module explores the relationship between media culture and social identities. Discussing the representation of identity in media content, as well as issues of media production, regulation and consumption, it critically reflects upon the relationship between media culture and social power and considers how social and technological changes impact on the ways in which identity is experienced in everyday life. On successful completion of this module, students should be able, at threshold level, to critically reflect upon the ways in which media texts construct social identity and should be able to discuss the relationship between media and identity with awareness for social, institutional and technological factors that shape both media production and consumption.

PPLM5042B

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II

This is a continuation of PPLB5150A (Intermediate French I). This is an intermediate course in French and is intended for students who wish to develop their knowledge to a standard comparable to A-Level / Baccalaureate / B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The module is made up of four elements: Listening Comprehension, Translation, Writing and Grammar. This module can be taken in any year. (Alternative slots may be available depending on student numbers.) Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. The module is NOT AVAILABLE to students with AS or A-Level / Baccalaureate / Level B1 in the CEFR. Students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB5032B

20

INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II

A continuation of Intermediate German I. Open for students with AS-Level (below grade C or equivalent to A2 CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference). Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB5033B

20

INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II

A continuation of Intermediate Japanese I. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB5061B

20

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II

A continuation of Intermediate Spanish I. Alternative slots available depending on student numbers. This module is NOT open to students who have A-level Spanish (or A-level equivalent). Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Please note that students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB5034B

20

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED THEMES IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

The dominant political philosophy of our time is liberalism (and 'neo-liberalism'). This module will examine topics in contemporary political philosophy including the liberalism of John Rawls's 'A Theory of Justice' (1972) together with the critical responses to it of Marxists, ecologists, free-market libertarians, and communitarians. It thus puts students in a position to understand and criticise the mainstream 'received wisdom' in this area, and potentially to formulate alternatives to it. Is liberalism a suitable political philosophy for our time? If not, what is?

PPLP6118A

30

AUSTRALIA THE LUCKY COUNTRY?: POLITICS, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY

This module examines the history, structures and key institutions of Australian government and their broader relationships with Australian society and culture. It has been argued Australia was manacled to its colonial past, and lacked innovation and proactivity. At the same time, the phrase, 'lucky country', has been used to project Australia as uniquely stable, politically, socially, and economically. Is this accurate? Some think so, attributing it to Australia's system of government: are they right? This module addresses such questions and, in its later stages, considers some of the challenges Australia faces, both internal such as multiculturalism and Aboriginality, and external, for example, regionalisation and globalisation.

PPLX6064B

30

BETTER WORLDS? UTOPIAS AND DYSTOPIAS

Would an ideal society have no more crime? Who would be wealthy? Would politics be outlawed? Do utopians wish to impose their views on the rest of us? This module explores questions such as these, which are central to political and social theory, through the prism of selected utopian and dystopian novels and other utopian texts ranging from Thomas More's Utopia (1516) to the present. It focuses on themes such as property, social control, gender, work, the environment and politics. A major question which the module addresses is the political significance and effects of utopian ideas - often derided as frivolous or impractical in their own time - and the historical role of utopian ideas in political theory and social reform.

PPLX6041A

30

CAPITALISM AND ITS CRITICS

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop an understanding of capitalism and its political and social impact. Students graduating from the module will be able to demonstrate: -critical understanding of the main theories, models and concepts applied in the analysis of capitalism -critical understanding of normative debates about capitalism -knowledge of the arguments made by advocates and critics of capitalism, with an awareness of their strengths and weaknesses.

PPLX6081B

30

DISSERTATION MODULE

The dissertation module gives students the opportunity to undertake research on a project of their own choosing under the supervision of a member of staff. The goal is to produce an extended essay of 8,000-9,000 words, which relates in-depth research on a specialist topic to wider issues in politics, media and culture, sociology and international studies. A limited number of parliamentary internships are also available as part of this module. There is a series of lectures that all students will be expected to attend in the autumn semester as well as meeting their supervisor on a regular basis.

PPLX6042Y

30

DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE

The module examines one of the fundamental and enduring questions of normative political theory and applied ethics: who should get what and why? The module focuses on some of the leading contemporary theorists of distributive justice, including Rawls, Nozick, Dworkin, Elster, and Sen. As well as exploring macro questions of justice (e.g. What principles of justice for the basic institutions of society? Equality or sufficiency? Need or desert?) the module also spends time on a range of micro questions about just allocation (e.g. How should household chores be divided between men and women? On the basis of what criteria should scarce donor organs be distributed in hospitals?) In addition to this, the module also addresses, through the work of Beitz, Pogge, and Miller, questions of global distributive justice (Is global economic inequality unjust? If so, why? Do people have a right to an equal share in the value of the Earth's natural resources?). The format of the module will be a two-hour workshop each week, comprising research-led teaching, seminar discussions, practical exercises, textual reading, balloon debate, and essay writing and research-skills mini-sessions. The assessment will be comprised exclusively of a series of short workshop briefing papers, with a heavy emphasis on formative feedback on drafts to be discussed during optional weekly one-to-one tutorials.

PPLX6097B

30

ETHICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The aim of this module is to help students develop an understanding of how debates, traditions and theories of ethics have applied in international relations. The module will be broken into three main substantive areas. The first will focus on war and ethics, examining Just War theory and its development in modern warfare and humanitarian intervention. We will look at war and non-state actors, the use of drones and remote technology and the ethics of peacekeeping and peacebuilding. The second substantive area explores economics, human rights, and ethics. This will include giving attention to the role of accountability in international development and the global neoliberal political economy. This area will also consider the relationship between economics and human rights, critically examining the difference between economic rights and political rights. The final substantive area is centred around the ethics of belonging, examining authority in international relations, state sovereignty, international legal jurisdictions, human mobility, and the ethics of border controls. Students will gain comprehensive overview of ethical theories and concepts as they have been used and developed in international relations scholarship and practice.

PPLI6041A

30

EUROPEAN STUDIES (WITH BRUSSELS INTERNSHIP)

Module teaching will focus on preparing students for a training placement in Brussels by developing a practical understanding of how the EU works and it will provide knowledge of 'domestic' EU public affairs including regional policy, public health, sport, business promotion, trading standards, energy and environmental policy, funding and regulation. This module does NOT offer experience of foreign affairs, diplomacy or security. Selection to take part in the module will be by competitive interview from applicants in PPL who have taken a level 5 EU module and who are also a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) member state (UK, other EU countries, Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein). Selection will be based on the judgement of the interviewing panel of which applicants will (a) gain the most from the training placement and, (b) the extent to which candidates demonstrate real drive and commitment. There will be seminars, workshops and briefings during the Spring Semester and the four week training placement in Brussels will be taken between Easter and late Autumn at dates set by the School and the host organisation in Brussels in consultation with each student. The placement is optional and not tied to successful completion of the module. A substantial contribution will be made towards the costs of accommodation and travel for each placement.

PPLI6087B

30

MULTICULTURALISM

This module looks at the political implications of the rise of multicultural societies in Europe and North America since the end of World War II. (Canada is given consideration because of its importance to these debates both as a practical model as well as a source of influential theorists.) The aim is to introduce students to a range of contemporary theoretical perspectives on multiculturalism and facilitate critical assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of such approaches in the face of competing political discourses such as nationalism and alternative forms of liberalism. Theorists under examination will include; Parekh, Kymlicka, Levy, Taylor and Modood as well as major liberal alternative views; Barry, Rawls and Raz. Among the module themes the following will be addressed; group differentiated rights; institutional racism, Islamophobia, recognition vs toleration and cultural offence. The module will also look at divergent policies adopted within European states (eg: France and Germany) and give attention to the attempts to operationalize multiculturalism in the UK in particular via the Parekh Report.

PPLX6072B

30

POWER OVER THE PACIFIC: THE AMERICAN RELATIONSHIP WITH ASIA

This module will introduce important themes in the American relationship with East Asia, at a time when the Pacific region has assumed great importance. There will be a particular focus on the important historical periods in the American relationship with China and Japan. An understanding of elements of the trajectory of these relationships will be provided by taking a selection of historical subjects for analysis. While this will address the knowledge of history, and of long-term themes, the latter part of the module will consider contemporary political issues. This will require an understanding of the interaction of the United States with Asia, and China and Japan in particular.

PPLI6069A

30

SHIFTING POWERS AFRICA IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Surveying the relationship between the world's major powers and Africa, this module examines Africa's relation with and position within contemporary global politics. In contrast to the conventional approach of studying how external actors impacted on Africa's international relations, this module seeks to open up a new approach, focusing on the impact of African political actors within the continent and in international politics. It does this by analysing African agency - the degree to which African political actors have room to manoeuvre within the international system and exert influence internationally, and the uses they make of that room for manoeuvre. The module is organised along themes (as opposed to the logic of covering countries) which expose a range of political, social and economic spheres of power at play in international relations. These include Rising Africa, Africa's cities, African women in power, African perspectives on security, Africa and the environment, innovative and communicative Africa and Africa in the new millennium.

PPLI6039A

30

TERRORISM AND COUNTER-TERRORISM

Although the term terrorism goes back to the French revolution, it was rarely employed until the 1970's. Contrast this with today when terrorism, it seems, is everywhere we look: in foreign policy decisions, military interventions, homeland security measures, legal frameworks, newspaper headlines, speeches and sermons, films and video games, and, of course, university modules such as this. In this module, we engage in a critical exploration of terrorism, counter-terrorism, and the academic field of terrorism research. We will begin by exploring the history of terrorism, and engage in debates around the definition and character of terrorist violence. Is it possible, necessary, or even desirable to separate terrorism from other forms of violence, for instance? The module will then introduce different perspectives on the causes, types and threat of non-state terrorism. This leads into an examination of a range of strategies for countering terrorism, and their political and normative implications. The module finishes by exploring the emergence and contribution of critical terrorism studies, examining issues including state terrorism, gender and terrorism, cultural representations of terrorism, and the production and influence of terrorism 'experts.'

PPLI6040B

30

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED AESTHETICS AND PHILOSOPHY OF ART

This module will explore some of the major themes and problems in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, asking questions about the value of art, aesthetic experience and judgement, artistic creativity, interpretation and representation. The module begins by looking at Plato's reflections on the place of the arts in society and includes an exploration of classics of the 18th and 19th Century aesthetic tradition such as Hume's Of the Standard of Taste, Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment, and Nietzsche The Birth of Tragedy, as well as more contemporary works from various traditions. We end with a reading of one of the most influential essays on art in the last century, Heidegger's Origin of the Work of Art, drawing together and attempting to reappraise many of the issues tackled in the module as a whole.

PPLP6121B

30

ADVANCED THEMES IN NATURE, HUMANITY and ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES: THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE ENVIRONMENT

The aim of this module is to look at some of the philosophical and ethical issues underlying environmental concerns. In particular, we will ask in what sense it is possible to speak of a moral relationship of humans with their non-human environment. We will focus on understanding whether environmental value is intrinsic or relative to human interests, and look at how this distinction relates to arguments about the nature of our obligations towards other species and the natural environment. Finally we will examine some of the difficulties that debates about environmental policy face. This module runs alongside a Level 5 module in the same area, PPLP5100B, but students at Level 6 have a separate seminar/tutorials and they prepare a distinctive independent project for assessment. This is a 20 credit module and is designed for PPE students, students in SSF and Science degrees, and students on degrees in the LCS sector of PPL.

PPLP6134B

20

ADVANCED THEMES IN PHENOMENOLOGY AND EXISTENTIALISM

In this module we explore the genesis and development of the phenomenological tradition, one of the most significant and influential movements of the twentieth century. Beginning with Edmund Husserl's attempt to investigate the intentionality of pure consciousness in all its forms, we will investigate the critique of these ideas put forward by Husserl's most famous student, Martin Heidegger. Rooting phenomenological analysis in the lived world of anxiety, mortality, freedom, and temporality, Heidegger's work gave rise to important debates in existential philosophy, especially in the work of Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Phenomenological analysis and existential philosophy share a commitment to understanding human life as an integrated whole that does away with traditional philosophical divisions between metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics and political thought. Time permitting, we will also look at some later immanent criticisms of phenomenology and existentialism developed by such thinkers as Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida.

PPLP6112A

30

ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY TO 1939 (EXTENDED VERSION)

Analytic Philosophy has been the dominant model of philosophy in the English-speaking world for about a century, and most philosophy degrees still privilege this way of doing philosophy. But what is it and what is its history? According to its original promises this approach should make possible progress in philosophy that is comparable to scientific progress. But has this really happened? Could a revision of some of the original methodological ideas make this possible? In this module we examine the heritage of famous pioneers in this kind of philosophy, particularly Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, the early work of Ludwig Wittgenstein, and the work of Rudolf Carnap.

PPLP6137A

30

DISSERTATION OR SPECIAL SUBJECT I

This module is open only to students who have achieved an overall average of 60% or above in their second year assessment. When enrolling you MUST include a second choice on your enrolment form, so that if your marks are below 60% you can transfer smoothly to another module. Students are enrolled either on a one-to-one supervised dissertation (for which you must submit the relevant form to the module organiser for approval) or on one of the group study programmes ('Special Subjects') advertised at the module enrolment event and in the philosophy module booklet. Students who have not identified themselves with one of these groups or with a supervised dissertation will be removed from this module. NB Students may not take more than one supervised dissertation on any degree, but you may take up to two of these philosophy modules as group study programmes ('Special Subjects'). Students from other Schools should contact the module organiser for details. The assessment project is a dissertation of up to 10,000 words. Teaching arrangements will be settled after enrolments are known.

PPLP6102A

30

DISSERTATION OR SPECIAL SUBJECT II

This module is reserved for students who achieve an average of 60% or above in their second year. Applicants MUST include a second choice on the enrolment form, so that they can be automatically transferred to an alternative taught module if their summer grades are below what is required. Students are enrolled either on a one-to-one supervised dissertation (for which you must submit the relevant form to the module organiser for approval) or on one of the group study programmes ('Special Subjects') advertised at the module enrolment event and in the philosophy module booklet. Students who have not identified themselves with one of these groups or with a supervised dissertation will be removed from this module. NB Students may not take more than one supervised dissertation on any degree, but you may take two of these modules, so long as at least one is a group study programme ('Special Subjects'). Students from other Schools should contact the module organiser for details. The assessment project is a dissertation of up to 10,000 words prepared during the Spring semester. Teaching arrangements will be settled after enrolments are known.

PPLP6104B

30

EMPIRICISM AND NATURALISM: EXPERIENCE, EXPERIMENTS, AND PHILOSOPHY (EXTENDED VERSION)

The birth of modern science went hand in hand with the rise of Empiricist styles of philosophy that have exerted a huge philosophical and cultural influence, ever since. This module will critically assess this key tradition, explore how it has evolved over time, and examine how it influences exciting philosophical debates today. We will cover classical (early modern) empiricism, logical (20th century) empiricism, and current naturalism with a focus on methodological naturalism and the potentially transformative movement of experimental philosophy.

PPLP6135B

30

ETHICS FOR LIFE (WITH EXTENDED ESSAY)

Moral problems impinge directly on our lives. These may be either issues pertaining to oneself and to people close to one, or they may be connected with public policies, the law and issues of global justice. Though we shall discuss classic topics of practical ethics such as justice, equality, death and civil disobedience, our main interest will be in discerning the underlying patterns in our thinking about such problems. Another focus will be issues relating to philosophy's practical role. How exactly might philosophy help us in thinking about real moral problems and how best to live our lives? Are there ways in which literature might help us in thinking about morality and life? Using examples from literature and life we seek to expose over-simplifications in moral theory, develop sensitivities to the complexity of situations, and explore how tragedy, may, in the end, be a fundamental and unavoidable aspect of the human condition. This third year module runs alongside a second year module on the same topic, but has more advanced seminars, reading lists and assessment tasks. This module is offered biennially.

PPLP6113B

30

FILM AS PHILOSOPHY WITH ADVANCED ESSAY

The module will present and evaluate the thesis that film not only exemplifies particular philosophical problems, but also provides its own distinctive style of answer to those problems. Students will be encouraged to develop their skills in distinguishing between genres. They will, for example, examine the differences and overlap between film, literature, and drama, and explore the implications of these differences. A range of different kinds of film will be studied.

PPLP6119B

30

LOGIC AND LANGUAGE

This module will look at the conceptual foundations of logic with an especial emphasis on the relationship between logic and natural language. After a brief introduction to (recap on) first-order logic with identity (semantics and proof), the unit will proceed to look at a number of interconnected themes, including the semantic paradoxes, Russell's theory of descriptions, the nature of truth, logical syntax, and natural language quantification. Although PPLP4064B Reasoning and Logic is not a pre-requisite, those students who did not get at least 60% on that module, or did not take the module at all, should see the Module Organiser before enrolling. This third year module runs alongside a second year module (entitled Logic). It covers the same topics as that module in the taught elements, but third year students have a dedicated seminar and are required to submit work from additional research-based tasks in the final assessment. It is taught biennially.

PPLP6127A

30

PHILOSOPHY OF MIND: ADVANCED THEMES

What is it to have a mind? Are we humans the only things to have a mind? Is a mind even a unitary thing? This module will investigate these fundamental questions by way of considering two so-called marks of the mental. Firstly, to have a mind is to be able to represent or think about things (intentionality). Secondly, having a mind involves qualitative states: e.g. what it's like to feel pain or see red. The status of both of these marks is highly controversial. The module will seek to explain why they are controversial and assess possible solutions to the problems to which they give rise. This third year module runs alongside a second year module on the same topic, but has more advanced seminars, reading lists and assessment tasks. It is taught biennially.

PPLP6030B

30

PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE

This module examines different approaches to understanding the social world, tracing their philosophical presuppositions and their implications for the study of economics and politics. It focuses on two contrasts: between the positivist and the hermeneutic approaches, and between individualistic and holistic styles of explanation. This 30 credit version of the module is suitable for PHI students and for those from other HUM Schools. A 20 credit version is also available.

PPLP6128A

30

PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE

This module examines different approaches to understanding the social world, tracing their philosophical presuppositions and their implications for the study of economics and politics. It focuses on two contrasts: between the positivist and the hermeneutic approaches, and between individualistic and holistic styles of explanation. This module is designed for PPE students and is also open to SSF and Science students, and students on degrees in the LCS sector of PPL. STUDENTS IN THE PHI and PSI SECTORS OF PPL SHOULD TAKE PPLP6128A, WHICH IS A 30 CREDIT VERSION THAT RUNS ALONGSIDE.

PPLP6103A

20

WORLD PHILOSOPHIES (EXTENDED VERSION)

'World philosophies' is a chance to study 'non-Western' philosophy at Honours level. In this module, UEA philosophers present and examine a package of philosophical ideas, approaches and arguments from the non-Christian world. These include traditions such as Mediaeval Jewish and Islamic philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, Zen, Daoism, and the applied philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. Throughout the unit, connections will be made, where appropriate, to 'Western philosophy', especially to ancient Greek thought; but the main point of this module is to provide a serious opportunity for the student to immerse themselves in approaches which have been relatively removed from the dominant influences upon philosophy in the English-speaking and European world.

PPLP6136B

30

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 at H2
  • Access Course An ARTS/Humanities/Social Science pathway preferred. Pass with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDM
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in Business and Economics
International Foundation in Humanities and Law

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

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Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

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