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Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives (BA)

About the programme

What exactly is justice and will robots ever replace carers? Philosophy is all about addressing the Big Questions. And by questioning beliefs from cross-cultural and historical perspectives, this programme will raise your game when it comes to current problems in science and society.

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Programme overview

In the first year there will be a focus on acquiring academic and communication skills like reading, argument analysis, and writing short essays You’ll also learn how to think critically, analytically, and independently. There will be compulsory courses in subjects such as as Ethics, Arabic Philosophy, and Epistemology. After reading abstract texts, you will be asked to systematically process complex issues individually and in teams. This will help build up your resourcefulness and intercultural skills. For a detailed programme, please check the e-Prospectus

From year two you’ll further advance your skills and knowledge and, thanks to the programme’s flexibility, you can start to tailor your study. The first semester comprises six compulsory courses on subjects that include Chinese Philosophy, Language and Thought and Concepts of Selfhood. Then, in the second semester a discretionary space means you can take a minor, study abroad, do an internship, or create a package of electives from other programmes that will help round out your education to fit with your academic and career interests. For a detailed programme, please check the e-Prospectus

In the third year you’ll get plenty of opportunities to apply the skills you have acquired in five advanced philosophy courses of your own choice, three during the first semester and two during the second. Then to close of the final semester, as proof of competence you’ll be expected to research and write your final bachelor’s thesis, on a subject of your own choosing. For a detailed programme, please check the e-Prospectus

Lorenzo Marsili

First year student

Lorenzo Marsili

"I really like the Chinese Philosophy. Confucianism and Daoism for example, reflect my ideas of thinking as well. The Chinese school of thought with a bit of western influences corresponds very much with what I think. That’s why I like this course. I think Logic, for example, is much easier to understand than Chinese philosophy. Once you have a grasp of the principle it's done. In Chinese philosophy, you have to first understand where to look for possible understanding, then battle with a cultural dimension, then battle with an interpretive dimension."

Educational methods

If you take on the Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives bachelor’s programme, be prepared to put in a full working week of about 40 hours. Of this, an average of 20 hours will be spent in the classroom, attending lectures or tutorials, for example. The rest of these hours will be spent on independent study. Each lecture will be focused on a particular topic, and complemented by tutorials in which the material will be discussed in greater depth and with more student input, such as individual or group presentations, for example.

Student support services

You can rely on receiving plenty of support during the programme. A mentor/tutor will be on hand to offer the necessary help and in a first year mentoring group you can practice your academic skills.

Furthermore, the coordinator of studies can provide advice about the programme, arrange all kinds of practical things, or help you if you have personal issues.

A student psychologist can also be consulted and, in the event of chronic illness, dyslexia or a physical or psychological disability, you can contact the Fenestra Disability Centre.

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