Philosophy is first and foremost a problem-centred discipline. There are profound problems which arise from the human condition and great philosophers have provided solutions to these. To study philosophy is to appreciate the depth of questions that we all face as humans and to consider some of the deepest answers that great philosophers have provided in response.
Taught by academic staff engaged in world-class research, this BA Philosophy degree will provide you with skills that are vital for a successful career, including analytical thinking, creative problem-solving, the ability to construct arguments, to write clearly and persuasively and to explain complex information. You will leave the course a highly-employable individual.
In the first year, we currently run modules on Classical, Medieval and Modern Philosophy in which you will gain knowledge and understanding of theories from great philosophers in the Western philosophical tradition. In subsequent years you will study philosophy from leading 19th and 20th century philosophers such as Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marx, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Sartre and Wittgenstein. You will also have the opportunity to contrast and compare answers from the mainstream Western philosophical tradition with answers from the Eastern philosophical tradition in our Indian Philosophy module. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to study philosophical issues which arise within major aspects of human intellectual endeavour including: art, literature, the sciences and religion. Thus we offer modules on Philosophy, Film and Literature; the Philosophy of Science; the Philosophy of Social Science and the Philosophy of Religion.
Studying philosophy will enable you to acquire transferable analytical, logical and communication skills which are relevant for many areas of professional working life, including law, the civil service, politics, business and teaching. Many of our graduates also go into further study and progress to Masters degree and PhD study with their BA Philosophy degree from Roehampton.
In the first year, you will gain knowledge and understanding of theories from great philosophers. However, philosophy isn’t just about learning about what great philosophers have said. Studying philosophy is about you coming to develop and apply your own critical and logical powers to the analysis of philosophical arguments. Thus, we have first year modules in Critical Thinking and Logic, which train you in analytical techniques. These modules equip you to assess philosophical arguments for yourself and help you develop your own answers to philosophical problems.
In year two, the study of philosophy is organised more thematically. The central problems of philosophy are centre stage. There is a much greater emphasis on contemporary arguments and debate in philosophy. There are currently core modules on Metaphysics and Mind, Moral and Political Philosophy, and Epistemology. In addition we currently run optional modules on Aesthetics, Philosophy of Religion and Indian Philosophy. We are one of the few degree programmes in the UK which currently offers an option to study Indian Philosophy.
Modules in the third year build on the knowledge and understanding of philosophical problems and arguments that you gain from the first two years of study, and introduce you to state-of-the art ideas in philosophy. The modules we currently run include: the Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Social Science, Contemporary Political Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Marxism and Wittgenstein. You will be trained to bring a higher level of analysis to philosophical problems and the possible solutions.