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BA Philosophy and Politics

Academic Year 2017/18

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

BA Philosophy and Politics

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Arts

Programme Code

PHL-BA-JS

UCAS Code

VLM2

JACS Code

L200 (DESCR) 50

Criteria for Admissions

Entrance Requirements A-level: BBB
• The general University and School conditions of entry must be satisfied.
• For entry to this Programme, there are no subject specific requirements.
• International candidates require at least a British Council IELTS qualification scored at a standard of 6.5. TOEFL scores are accepted with thresholds of 577 (paper), 233 (computer).

Additional Relevant Information
• The degree of Bachelor of Arts is an honours degree. There are two types of BA honours degree: Single and Joint. Candidates must be registered students of the University and must complete not less than eighteen modules of study.

• The internship scheme involves work placements with a range of government agencies and political parties at Stormont, as well as the Police Ombudsman, the BBC and local non-governmental agencies and consultancies. Students spend three days a week seconded to an organization, providing them with vital work experience and exposure to the world of policy-making. This counts as a double-weighted module and requires students to produce a weekly reflective learning journal based on their practical experiences, but involving the application of insights from academic literature relevant to their place of work. The internships are usually unpaid and last for a semester. They are designed to foster practical work experience and a range of vocational skills to enhance a student’s employability. Students have to apply for the internship via CV, covering letter and formal interview conducted by school academic staff. Internships although encouraged on the programme are not guaranteed. The Convenor of the Internship Scheme is currently Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh (Email m.maccarthaigh@qub.ac.uk). Each student on internship is also appointed an academic supervisor from with the School.

For general information, see www.qub.ac.uk/pisp

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Joint Honours Single

Length of Programme

3 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

360

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Philosophy (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr James Gordon Finlayson (Philosophy)

University of Sussex

Dr Roberta Guerrina (Politics/International Studies)

University of Surrey

Dr Michael Bacon

Royal Holloway, University of London

Dr Isabelle Engeli

University of Bath

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

On completing Level I a Single Honours student in either Philosophy and Politics who has completed 40 CATS at Level I in the other subject and has achieved an average mark across the 40 CATS of 60 or above may be admitted to this Joint Honours programme subject having obtained the approval of the advisor of studies of the subject in which they only have 40CATS.

A Single Honours student wishing to be admitted to the Joint Honours programme must have passed the following modules:PAI1007; PAI1009.

The admission requirement of BBB is waived provided students have achieved an average mark across the 40 CATS of 60 or above.

Students with protected characteristics

The School works with internship and placement providers and partner institutions to ensure that students with disabilities are able to complete residence abroad requirements.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

• The programme is designed to provide students with an intellectual training in the disciplines of Philosophy and Politics which, while discrete subjects, are also complementary and mutually enriching.

• The combination of Philosophy and Politics allows for the development of an in-depth appreciation of the ideas that help to explain the foundations of the modern world, democracy and political stability.

• The analysis of what constitutes power has fascinated students of both subject areas.

• Through this joint degree in Philosophy and Politics students will encounter a common interest in theory, but they will also be encouraged to make connections between contemporary political debates and philosophical discourse.

• The unique selling point of the degree is not merely the range of choice in political theory and philosophy but the way in which the structure of the degree connects the core elements of both subjects with an understanding of political practices and behaviour, and development of political ideals and values.

• The programme is designed to equip students with a range of skills which together foster the ability to practise self-motivated learning and increase the capacity to undertake independent learning in a progressive way.

• Whilst certain skills are subject specific to each discipline, certain of them are mutually reinforcing, including the ability to evaluate critically primary and secondary sources, whilst others are designed to be transferable and thereby enhance the employability of students.

• By taking Philosophy and Politics modules together, students will have developed an understanding of the key concepts that are used to undertake political and philosophical analysis, and will be in a position to address major themes and approaches that are relevant to the understanding and assessment of politics and society.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

On successful completion of the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics, students will have acquired analytic and critical skills including the ability to:

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments. More specifically:

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions.

make judgments on the basis of varied and problematic evidence and according to the persuasiveness of the arguments or the reliability of the evidence used.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Methods of Assessment

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

the ability to structure, manage and adapt strategies for self-directed independent research.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The learner will be introduced to problem solving and information processing strategies, as well as general methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of Politics.

Methods of Assessment

Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

And with regard to the presentation of work, students will have acquired: the capacity to produce intellectually coherent academic analysis under time-managed conditions and within word limits;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The learner will be introduced to problem solving and information processing strategies, as well as general methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of Politics.

Methods of Assessment

Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

ability to identify and solve, resolve or dissolve conceptual problems.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The learner will be introduced to problem solving and information processing strategies, as well as general methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of Politics.

Methods of Assessment

Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

ability to analyse and criticise arguments, identifying fallacies therein.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The learner will be introduced to problem solving and information processing strategies, as well as general methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of Politics.

Methods of Assessment

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

manage their own learning self critically;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world political contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Methods of Assessment

These vary in accordance with the specific learning outcomes of particular modules as set out in the individual module descriptions.

reflect on their own learning and seek and make use of constructive feedback;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world political contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Methods of Assessment

A major learning resource for students is the state-of-the-art the McClay library.

synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement, primarily through essay writing;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and advocate solutions to problems;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Methods of Assessment

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors.

gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources, so as to formulate and support a line of reasoning, or argument;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

recognise the importance of explicit referencing and the ethical requirements of study, which requires critical and reflective use of information and information technology in the learning process;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Methods of Assessment

Formative written work assists the development of understanding, critical judgment, and independent thought, both through the feedback given, and through the process of writing itself.

evaluate sources critically in their context;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Methods of Assessment

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

discriminate between what is central and what is peripheral to the issue in question;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Methods of Assessment

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

assess and appraise differing views on significant areas of academic debate;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

synthesise diverse primary evidence and subsequent academic comment;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Methods of Assessment

The different methods of assessment serve different, but complementary, purposes:

appreciate a variety of textual and cultural perspectives on academic enquiry;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Class presentations and student interaction in small group sessions (e.g. tutorials or seminars) hone communication and rhetorical skills.

Methods of Assessment

Module guides and BA Handbooks inform students in their choice of, access to, and citation of relevant secondary materials.

comprehend and engage with theoretical and ideological models of interpretation;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Methods of Assessment

While these teaching and assessment methods deliver information to students and test their knowledge of that information in each subject, students are encouraged to assimilate and apply knowledge of both disciplines discretely to become independent, self-reflective learners.

think independently, originally and in a constructively critical manner;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Dissertation work is a programme of independent study agreed between student and supervisor, leading to the writing and submission of an extended essay (thesis).

Methods of Assessment

All these assessment methods require students to demonstrate the subject skills which are detailed in each School’s criteria for marking undergraduate work.

work autonomously;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Methods of Assessment

Analytical, discursive, interpretive and critical exercises – both formative and summative – test students’ ability to engage with, analyse, contextualise, interpret and criticise relevant material.

Exercise sound, reasoned judgment;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Methods of Assessment

Formative written work assists the development of understanding, critical judgment, and independent thought, both through the feedback given, and through the process of writing itself.

Be self-reflective;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world political contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Methods of Assessment

These vary in accordance with the specific learning outcomes of particular modules as set out in the individual module descriptions.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

• of many sub-fields in the discipline including conflict studies, European politics, world politics, Irish politics and political economy.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme enables learners to develop a broad portfolio of skills which will enhance their employability and/or provide them with a sound basis for progression to further research at postgraduate level (either MA or Doctoral work) or elsewhere.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

• of the foundational concepts, debates, approaches and ideas in Politics, including different theoretical frameworks, specific country studies and comparisons, and research design and methodology.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme enables learners to develop a broad portfolio of skills which will enhance their employability and/or provide them with a sound basis for progression to further research at postgraduate level (either MA or Doctoral work) or elsewhere.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

In Politics, students will have acquired knowledge and understanding:
from engagement with the basic foundations of the discipline, including political theory, political institutions, methodology, and International Relations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme enables learners to develop a broad portfolio of skills which will enhance their employability and/or provide them with a sound basis for progression to further research at postgraduate level (either MA or Doctoral work) or elsewhere.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

• acquired knowledge of many sub-fields in the discipline including metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These sub-fields are covered in core modules throughout levels 1 and 2, as well as optional modules at level 3.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

• acquired knowledge and understanding of the application of philosophy to practical issues, for example in the area of applied ethics.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical and applied aspects are covered in each of the value based modules, and there is a specific Applied Ethics module offered at level 3.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

• acquired knowledge and understanding of some of the central problems and issues in contemporary philosophy.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Contemporary philosophy is covered throughout all levels of the programme. At level 3 there is a particular emphasis on the latest, cutting edge research in philosophy.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

• acquired an understanding of some of the key texts and ideas in the history of western philosophy;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

History of philosophy is covered throughout all levels of the programme, and there are three History focused modules offered.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

In Philosophy, students will have:
• developed an understanding of the key concepts and tools that are used in philosophical reasoning;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

On successful completion of the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics, students will have acquired an interrelated knowledge and understanding of each discipline.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

• for those who do the formal logic modules, an ability to understand and manipulate symbols in formal languages.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

This ability is developed through weekly tutorial exercises in the level 1 logic module.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

• an ability to research philosophical topics using appropriate tools and resources.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

• expertise in engaging with influential primary and secondary sources in philosophy, according to contemporary canons of academic debate and critical analysis;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Class presentations and student interaction in small group sessions (e.g. tutorials or seminars) hone communication and rhetorical skills.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

• a capacity for formulating clear and logical thought concerning fundamental philosophical issues and for expressing this in cogent, well-structured and intellectually rigorous essays;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Methods of Assessment

Essays and examinations in Semester 2 require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

• an awareness of key debates arising out of philosophical inquiry, conducted in its various domains;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Dissertation work is a programme of independent study agreed between student and supervisor, leading to the writing and submission of an extended essay (thesis).

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

• a familiarity with the forms, function, and development of philosophical discourse and methodology, together with an ability to analyse and utilise these;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Methods of Assessment

Module guides and BA Handbooks inform students in their choice of, access to, and citation of relevant secondary materials.

• an ability to deploy tools of philosophical reasoning, including logical and conceptual analysis, in order to assess and formulate philosophical arguments and ideas;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Methods of Assessment

While these teaching and assessment methods deliver information to students and test their knowledge of that information in each subject, students are encouraged to assimilate and apply knowledge of both disciplines discretely to become independent, self-reflective learners.

• an ability to conduct constructive critical debate with rigour and objectivity, drawing on, and engaging with, differing critical perspectives when analysing texts;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to philosophical concepts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Methods of Assessment

All these assessment methods require students to demonstrate the subject skills which are detailed in each School’s criteria for marking undergraduate work.

The study of Philosophy will involve the development of the following subject-specific skills:
• an ability to read and interact with seminal philosophical texts, in appreciation of their philosophical insights and modes of argument;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Honours Programme in Philosophy takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments. More specifically:

Methods of Assessment

Analytical, discursive, interpretive and critical exercises – both formative and summative – test students’ ability to engage with, analyse, contextualise, interpret and criticise relevant material.

Students should also be able to understand, discriminate between, and evaluate critically conflicting theoretical and interpretative positions, and form a judgment on their validity according to the persuasiveness of the arguments and the reliability of the evidence used.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Methods of Assessment

Formative written work assists the development of understanding, critical judgment, and independent thought, both through the feedback given, and through the process of writing itself.

to evaluate sources critically in their context; and to make judgments on the basis of varied and problematic evidence

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Methods of Assessment

These vary in accordance with the specific learning outcomes of particular modules as set out in the individual module descriptions.

Many subject-specific skills are complementary and mutually reinforcing, and students should develop the ability to research, gather, sift and deploy relevant information and concepts, discriminating between what is central and what is peripheral to the issue in question;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

As discrete disciplines, Philosophy and Politics each seeks to promote its own unique subject skills, through developing students’ capacity to understand and reflect upon the nature of the different disciplines.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

show self-reliance, initiative, adaptability and flexibility.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

communicate and interact effectively;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

use IT skills (word processing, use of internet resources);

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

use libraries and online resources;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

take notes and summarise accurately and effectively;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

respond constructively to criticism;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

manage time efficiently;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

work effectively both independently and in a team setting;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

use their knowledge in cogent, communicable ways to present arguments and clarify complex issues in both oral and written forms;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

collate and process information from an array of sources, including electronic media;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

reflect on intellectual and professional priorities;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

present high-quality analysis cogently and succinctly;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

evaluate and judge evidence and the quality of information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

digest material from various sources;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

work under time-pressure and to deadlines;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

On successful completion of the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics, students will acquire a repertoire of skills which are transferable to each other as well as other areas of endeavour and enterprise, including in their future careers, specifically the ability to:

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

make oral and group presentations using appropriate skills;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

understand the role and use of feedback in assessing and improving performance;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

present ideas and arguments orally in both formal and informal contexts;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching on the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics takes place in formal lectures, small group tutorials, and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by electronic media, including the facilities of Queen's On-line, and through the writing of formative and summative assessments.

Politics applies many of the same textual, historical, cultural and theoretical approaches as Philosophy to real-world issues such as conflict, democratization, nationalism, governance and human rights.

It is centrally concerned with the way order and authority are established in domestic and international spheres, and how power is deployed to maintain or disrupt these prevailing structures.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of traditional and innovative methods, including timed unseen written examinations, data analysis, essays, critical book/article reviews, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and seminar and tutorial reports and contributions

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Philosophy and Human Nature

PHL1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Knowledge and Reality

PHL2001

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

10%

55%

Politics and Policy of the European Union

PAI2001

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Modern Political Thought

PAI2005

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The Politics of Deeply Divided Societies

PAI2011

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The Politics of Irish Literature

PAI3005

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Contemporary Political Philosophy

PAI3025

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Philosophical Theology

PHL3034

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

10%

55%

Internship

PAI3097

3

40

12 weeks

Y

YES

90%

10%

0%

Irish Politics

PAI2013

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

10%

55%

International Relations

PAI2017

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Studying Politics

PAI2043

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Women and Politics

PAI3008

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Middle Eastern Politics

PAI3011

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Scotland and N Ireland: Points of Political Comparison

PAI3014

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

10%

55%

Dissertation (Politics and International Studies)

PAI3099

3

40

24 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Scholastic Ethics

PHL2008

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The Politics of Sustainable Development

PAI3026

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Mind and Language

PHL2026

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Philosophy of Law

PHL3015

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

American Politics

PAI2018

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

European Cultural Identities

PAI3027

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

0%

10%

Moral Theories

PHL2000

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Issues in the Philosophy of Science

PHL3001

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

10%

55%

Dissertation

PHL3099

3

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Perspectives on Politics

PAI1007

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Comparative Politics

PAI1009

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Contemporary Europe

PAI1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

World Politics

PAI1006

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

War and Visual Culture

PAI3044

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Philosophy and The Good Life

PHL1004

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

10%

55%

History of Philosophy

PHL2016

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Applied Ethics

PHL3064

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

10%

55%

Scholastic Metaphysics

PHL3040

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Security and Terrorism

PAI2055

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

International Organisations

PAI2056

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Ethics, Power and International Politics

PAI3057

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Political Parties and Elections in Northern Ireland

PAI3058

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

National and Ethnic Minorities in European Politics

PAI3059

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Northern Ireland: A Case Study

PAI3064

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

10%

55%

Challenges to contemporary party politics

PAI3067

3

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

90%

10%

0%

Politics, Public Administration and Policy-Making

PAI3068

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Introductory Logic

PHL1003

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

10%

55%

US Foreign Policy

PAI3038

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Arms Control

PAI3039

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Topics in Epistemology

PHL3013

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Security and Technology

PAI3073

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Global Resource Politics

PAI3012

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Issues in Contemporary Politics

PAI1003

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

British Politics in crisis?

PAI2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Philosophy for Children

PHL3068

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Placement

PAI3089

3

20

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

In Philosophy students will take the following three core Philosophy modules PHL1001, PHL1003, PHL1004. In Politics students will take the following two core Politics modules PAI1009, PAI1007 plus one optional module from the list of optional modules.

Stage 3: Students will take three modules from Philosophy and three modules from Politics. Students may choose only one double-weighted Dissertation: either PHL3099 (Dissertation in Philosophy), PAI3099 (Dissertation in Politics) or PAI3097 (Internship in Politics) NB: Whereas there are no prescribed modules for the Joint Honours Programme in Philosophy and Politics, the choice of modules in both subject areas may be determined by the student’s personal interests and any prerequisites for those modules at Stage 2. As stated above, Joint Philosophy-Politics students wishing to do a double-weighted dissertation or internship module at Stage III can only choose one of these modules, and must pay particular attention to the prerequisites at Stage II.

Students will take three Philosophy modules and three Politics modules over the course of the whole academic year. The combinations for each semester might be 2 PHL modules + 1 PAI module, or 2 PHL modules and 1 PAI module. Students should pay particular attention to any Stage 2 pre-requisites that are required for Stage 3 modules (see Stage 3 list below) and elect their modules accordingly. The full list of modules for both Philosophy and Politics, and which semester they will be offered in, will vary from year to year. It is the student’s responsibility to acquire the most up to date information regarding module availability and the semester they will be offered in. In Philosophy, over the course of the academic year in Stage 2, students will take three PHL modules. In Politics, students must take the following two core Politics modules: PAI2005 and PAI2043 plus one module from the Optional list below (NB: this list of available optional modules, and the semester they will be offered in, will vary from year to year).