BA (Hons) Philosophy
University of Lincoln
Lincoln, United Kingdom
EUR 15,000 *
Earliest start date
* per level, for international students | home/EU students: £9,250 per level
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Philosophers search for knowledge and truth, exploring the fundamental nature of reality and some of the most important questions about the world around us such as what is the self? What is a just society? Is free will an illusion? And, does God exist?
The Philosophy degree at Lincoln offers students the opportunity to study these questions and others through the lens of cutting-edge contemporary philosophical research, as well as the writings of the great philosophers, such as Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche, Marx, and Wittgenstein.
The course makes high intellectual demands of students and aims to develop the ability to think clearly, construct and defend arguments, and be willing to explore a range of approaches to different topics.
Lincoln is home to the Lincoln Philosophy Salon, which holds monthly talks in a local pub from world-leading professional philosophers. This is a thriving organisation with a membership of around 600 people, which provides a great opportunity for students to interact socially with staff and to discuss cutting-edge ideas with some of the most important living philosophers working today.
In addition, the Undergraduate Philosophy Society, which is run by students, organises talks and social events for students interested in Philosophy. We also hold an annual philosophy lecture, bringing a philosopher of international standing to Lincoln to give a talk on a topic of their choosing.
How You Study
The Philosophy programme at the University of Lincoln prides itself on offering a high level of philosophical training in both the 'analytical' and 'continental' traditions that have dominated the discipline since the early twentieth century, allowing students to find out what best responds to their own aims and interests.
The programme is designed to give students the tools to think seriously and independently about major philosophical questions. Students can develop valuable skills in reasoning, analysis, creative problem solving, and communication, which are relevant for a wide range of careers.
Over the duration of the programme, students are expected to develop an understanding of all the major fields in contemporary philosophy, including ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, epistemology, logic, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of science. Students are also introduced to major figures in the history of philosophy, such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hegel, and Wittgenstein. Studying original texts from great minds both past and present can help students learn to form, develop, and defend their own answers.
Students will explore these areas using the philosophical method of logical analysis and reasoned argument, and from the outset will be encouraged to develop their own views, and to critically assess the views of others.
As Philosophy will be a new subject for many students, the first year of the degree offers a chance to study a wide range of modules, with increasing specialisation in years two and three. The course is mainly delivered through a series of lectures and seminars. Each module usually consists of a lecture in which the topic is introduced for the first time, key concepts and ideas are examined and explained. Lectures also introduce the reading required for seminars.
Seminars are used to support lectures and are an opportunity for students to meet with a tutor in smaller groups and discuss the philosophical topic under consideration in greater depth. Occasionally workshops are used to work through a particular issue, question, or topic.
- Academic Skills for Philosophy (Core)
- God, Evil, and the Meaning of life (Core)
- Great Thinkers in Philosophy from Classical to Modern Times (Core)
- Introduction to Moral Philosophy (Core)
- Introduction to Philosophical Logic (Core)
- Mind and Reality (Core)
- Philosophical Texts (Core)
- Philosophy Through Film (Core)
- What is Knowledge? (Core)
- Elementary Latin I (Option)†
- Aesthetics (Core)
- Dissertations and Beyond (Core)
- Existentialism and Phenomenology (Core)
- Language, Logic, and Reality (Core)
- Minds and Machines (Core)
- Philosophy of Science (Core)
- Topics in Epistemology (Core)
- Animal Ethics (Option)†
- Moral Philosophy (Option)†
- Study Period Abroad: History (Option)†
- Contemporary Problems in Philosophy (Core)
- Philosophical Project (Core)
- Ancient Philosophy (Option)†
- Anarchy is order. Anarchism and social movements in Modern Europe (Option)†
- Elementary Greek I (Third Year) (Option)†
- Elementary Greek II (Third Year) (Option)†
- Elementary Latin II (Third Year) (Option)†
- Ethics and The Meaning of Life (Option)†
- Eugenics, Race and Reproduction across the Atlantic, 1800-1945 (Option)†
- History Work Placement (Option)†
- Mad or Bad? Criminal Lunacy in Britain, 1800 1900 (Option)†
- Men, Sex and Work: Sexuality and Gender in 20th Century Britain (Option)†
- Metaethics (Option)†
- Newton's Revolution (Option)†
- Nietzsche, Nihilism, and the Death of God (Option)†
- Philosophical Issues in Biology (Option)†
- Philosophy of Evil (Option)†
- Philosophy of Love, Sex and Perversion (Option)†
- The Philosophy and History of Colour (Option)†
- Time, Space, and Ontology (Option)†
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How You Are Assessed
This course uses a variety of assessment methods including essays, podcasts, student-led presentations, and in-class exams.
The University of Lincoln's policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.
Scholarships and Funding
For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships.
Program Tuition Fee
The range of fundamental skills involved in the study of philosophy, such as critical thinking and the ability to analyse and communicate complex ideas clearly and logically, can equip graduates for a wide range of careers. The strong research focus in our advanced modules, and the fact that students can research and write an independent dissertation during the third year, aim to develop highly transferable research skills.
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