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BSc Politics and Philosophy


UCAS code: LV25

Usual standard offer: A level: grades A A A

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

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Applications 2013: 402

First year students 2013: 24

This joint honours degree combines courses from the fields of government (politics) and philosophy in approximately equal weighting. However, you will have a considerable amount of choice in how you balance your study and in the specific courses taken within each of the two fields.

Rather than simply studying the core elements of politics and philosophy "side by side", the aim of this degree is to show how the study of each is relevant for understanding political practices and behaviour, and for the understanding and development of political ideals. To this purpose, in their third year, students will take a course in Philosophy and Public Policy, which examines specific policy questions from conceptual and normative perspectives.

First year:

Second year:

Third year:

  • Philosophy and Public Policy
  • One advanced government option or a government dissertation or an extended essay in philosophy
  • A government option or an approved outside option
  • A government, philosophy or an approved outside option

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Programme details

First year

Your study begins with Logic which introduces the basic system of modern formal logic, including propositional logic, predicate logic and the theory of identity. Reason, Knowledge and Values: An Introduction to Philosophy provides an introduction to analytical philosophy by using classic and contemporary texts to study a selection of philosophical problems. Introduction to Political Theory offers an introduction to the study of politics and political theory through the thought and texts of some of the most important western political theorists. Introduction to Political Science is an introduction to politics in a globalised world. 

Second and third years

In the second year you have the choice of Morality and Values or Contemporary Political Theory. Morality and Values is concerned with the ethics of harming and saving form harm, as well as moral philosophy and the topic of justice. Contemporary Political Theory provides an advanced introduction to contemporary political theory. 

You then have the choice of either Philosophy of the Social Sciences or Scientific Method and Policy or Philosophy of Science or Scientific Revolutions: Philosophical and Historical Issues. Philosophy of Science explores the different traditions in the philosophy science. Philosophy of the Social Sciences deals with philosophical issues concerning the nature of social scientific theory and its applications. Scientific Method and Policy looks at evidence, the relationship between scientific and policy aims and the role of the scientist as policy advisor. Scientific Revolutions: Philosophical and Historical Issues examines a number of fundamental issues in philosophy of science, as they arise from instances of important theory-changes (so-called 'scientific revolutions') in the history of science. You then take one government option and an approved outside option or a further government option.

In their third year, students will get an opportunity to take more advanced courses in both political science and philosophy. Philosophy and Public Policy offers critical reflection on the design and evaluation of public policies from the perspective of moral and political philosophy.Students get the opportunity to choose from some courses which are taught in small group seminars and also to select a course which is assessed by a long essay in philosophy or a dissertation in Government.