About this course
Is there a god? What is freedom? What makes a state legitimate? On this joint honours course you’ll explore these and other questions that have preoccupied philosophers and political theorists throughout human history. Optional modules give you the freedom to pursue your own interests in topics as varied as Chinese politics and Ancient Greek philosophy.
This degree will give you an excellent education in philosophy and politics. In your degree you can:
develop an understanding of philosophical questions such as ethics, reason and responsibility
explore fundamental and far-reaching issues about human welfare and social justice, political ideals and political realities
gain foundational knowledge through core modules on democracy and the modern state
learn about subfields of political theory, comparative politics and international relations
gain an advanced knowledge of economic skills and employability
learn how to conduct and present dissertations and research
You’ll be taught in small groups in a relaxed and friendly environment, and benefit from the expertise of academic staff whose research feeds directly into the course content.
You can take modules from other disciplines such as anthropology or psychology, studying a language, or choosing from a range of cross-disciplinary modules. These include topics such as social enterprise, risk management, and living and working on the web.
You’ll enhance your employability and learning experience even further by spending your third year studying abroad at a partner university.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.