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BA Philosophy and Politics

Academic Year 2020/21

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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 HECoS Code 100337 - Philosophy - 50
100491 - Politics - 50
ATAS Clearance Required No
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

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 6

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Philosophy (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

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

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Dissertation PHL3099 3 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Philosophy and The Good Life PHL1004 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 35% 10% 55%
Moral Theories PHL2000 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Mind and Language PHL2026 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Introduction to the Philosophy of Science PHL2027 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Introductory Logic PHL1003 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 35% 10% 55%
Applied Ethics PHL3064 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Practical Philosophy PHL3069 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Philosophy for Children PHL3068 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Scotland and N Ireland: Points of Political Comparison PAI3014 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 45% 0% 55%
Asylum and Migration in Global Politics PAI3041 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Contemporary Europe PAI1001 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Philosophical Theology PHL3034 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Philosophy and Human Nature PHL1001 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
International Organisations PAI2056 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Knowledge and Reality PHL2001 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
History of Philosophy PHL2016 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Politics of the Global Economy PAI3063 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Challenges to contemporary party politics PAI3067 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
The Placement PAI3089 3 20 YES YES 12 weeks Y YES 100% 0% 0%
Gender and Politics PAI3008 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Radical Hope:Inspiring Present-day Sustainability Transformations through an Examination of Our Past PAI3100 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Political Parties and Elections in Northern Ireland PAI3058 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Topics in Epistemology PHL3013 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Politics in Diverse Societies PAI2066 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Politics, Public Administration and Policy-Making PAI3068 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
American Politics PAI2018 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Issues in Contemporary Politics PAI1003 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
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%
Contemporary Political Philosophy PAI3025 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Perspectives on Politics PAI1007 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%
Irish Politics PAI2013 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 30% 10% 60%
International Relations PAI2017 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Security and Terrorism PAI2055 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Global Pol. Econ. of Energy PAI3012 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Earth, Energy, Ethics and Economy: The Politics of Unsustainability PAI3026 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
US Foreign Policy PAI3038 3 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 100% 0% 0%
National and Ethnic Minorities in European Politics PAI3059 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Comparative Politics PAI1009 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
What is to be done? Sustainability, climate change and just energy transitions in the Anthropocene PAI1010 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Studying Politics PAI2043 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%
European Cultural Identities PAI3027 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Internship PAI3097 3 40 YES YES 12 weeks Y YES 90% 10% 0%
Dissertation (Politics and International Studies) PAI3099 3 40 YES YES 24 weeks Y YES 100% 0% 0%
Issues in the Philosophy of Science PHL3001 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Security and Technology PAI3073 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
The Politics of Deeply Divided Societies PAI2011 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
The Northern Ireland Conflict and paths to peace HAP2001 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%
Northern Ireland: A Case Study PAI3064 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
The Far Right in Western Europe and North America PAI3056 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Apocalypse! End of the World. HAP2065 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%

Notes

Students must take 120 credits - 6 MODULES (THREE in Semester 1 and THREE in Semester 2). Students are required to take: (a) PHL3099 Dissertation (double-weighted – both semesters) plus ONE module from Philosophy and THREE from Politics; OR (b) PAI3097 Internship (double weighted – either semester) and ONE module from Politics and THREE modules from Philosophy; OR (c) PAI3099 Dissertation (double weighted – both semesters) and ONE module from Politics and THREE modules from Philosophy; OR (d) THREE modules from Philosophy and THREE from Politics. PLEASE NOTE: Students MUST consult their Advisor of Studies before enrolling for TWO double-weighted modules. “Students will be notified each academic year of the optional modules being offered in the following academic year. Students are advised that not all optional modules will necessarily be offered in each academic year. Also, the delivery of a module may be subject to a minimum number of enrolments as well as unforeseen circumstances (e.g. illness of a member of staff). The range and content of optional modules will change over time as degree programmes develop and students’ choice of optional modules may also be limited due to timetabling constraints.“

Students must take 120 credits - 6 MODULES (THREE in Semester 1 and THREE in Semester 2). Students are required to take: (a) PHL3099 Dissertation (double-weighted – both semesters) plus ONE module from Philosophy and THREE from Politics; OR (b) PAI3097 Internship (double weighted – either semester) and ONE module from Politics and THREE modules from Philosophy; OR (c) PAI3099 Dissertation (double weighted – both semesters) and ONE module from Politics and THREE modules from Philosophy; OR (d) THREE modules from Philosophy and THREE from Politics. PLEASE NOTE: Students MUST consult their Advisor of Studies before enrolling for TWO double-weighted modules. ���Students will be notified each academic year of the optional modules being offered in the following academic year. Students are advised that not all optional modules will necessarily be offered in each academic year. Also, the delivery of a module may be subject to a minimum number of enrolments as well as unforeseen circumstances (e.g. illness of a member of staff). The range and content of optional modules will change over time as degree programmes develop and students’ choice of optional modules may also be limited due to timetabling constraints.“

Students must take 120 credits - 6 MODULES (THREE in Semester 1 and THREE in Semester 2). Students are required to take: (a) PHL3099 Dissertation (double-weighted – both semesters) plus ONE module from Philosophy and THREE from Politics; OR (b) PAI3097 Internship (double weighted �� either semester) and ONE module from Politics and THREE modules from Philosophy; OR (c) PAI3099 Dissertation (double weighted – both semesters) and ONE module from Politics and THREE modules from Philosophy; OR (d) THREE modules from Philosophy and THREE from Politics. PLEASE NOTE: Students MUST consult their Advisor of Studies before enrolling for TWO double-weighted modules. “Students will be notified each academic year of the optional modules being offered in the following academic year. Students are advised that not all optional modules will necessarily be offered in each academic year. Also, the delivery of a module may be subject to a minimum number of enrolments as well as unforeseen circumstances (e.g. illness of a member of staff). The range and content of optional modules will change over time as degree programmes develop and students’ choice of optional modules may also be limited due to timetabling constraints.“

Students must take 120 credits - 6 MODULES (THREE in Semester 1 and THREE in Semester 2). Students must take FIVE CORE modules. Students must take ONE OPTIONAL module semester 1 Politics module. “Students will be notified each academic year of the optional modules being offered in the following academic year. Students are advised that not all optional modules will necessarily be offered in each academic year. Also, the delivery of a module may be subject to a minimum number of enrolments as well as unforeseen circumstances (e.g. illness of a member of staff). The range and content of optional modules will change over time as degree programmes develop and students’ choice of optional modules may also be limited due to timetabling constraints.“ Students are encouraged to consider enhancing their undergraduate experience by taking one of the International study options. These are: o Studying for one semester exchange at one of our partner universities in Europe through the ERASMUS student exchange programme • Studying for one semester at one of our partner universities in the United States through our American student exchange programme. For further information about semester abroad opportunities, contact Advisor of Studies or happexperience@qub.ac.uk

Students must take 120 credits - 6 MODULES (THREE in Semester 1 and THREE in Semester 2). Students must take ONE CORE Politics. Students must take FIVE OPTIONAL modules (THREE OPTIONAL Philosophy modules and TWO OPTIONAL Politics modules. “Students will be notified each academic year of the optional modules being offered in the following academic year. Students are advised that not all optional modules will necessarily be offered in each academic year. Also, the delivery of a module may be subject to a minimum number of enrolments as well as unforeseen circumstances (e.g. illness of a member of staff). The range and content of optional modules will change over time as degree programmes develop and students’ choice of optional modules may also be limited due to timetabling constraints.“ Students are encouraged to consider enhancing their undergraduate experience by taking one of the International study options. These are: o Studying for one semester exchange at one of our partner universities in Europe through the ERASMUS student exchange programme • Studying for one semester at one of our partner universities in the United States through our American student exchange programme. For further information about semester abroad opportunities, contact Advisor of Studies or happexperience@qub.ac.uk