History and Philosophy (BA)

The joint honours degree in History and Philosophy provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects

The BA in History and Philosophy enables students to combine a study of the past with that of Philosophy.

The degree aims to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural structures of past societies  with the study of a separate academic discipline, and to cultivate intellectual skills such as the ability to assess evidence critically, to evaluate different interpretations of the evidence, to construct arguments on the basis of evidence, and to express opinions cogently in speech and in writing.

History covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire to the present day. There is a balance between modules covering specific historical periods and thematic modules that examine broad social and cultural topics, such as warfare, gender, religion, art, medicine and science.

There are two related aspects of the Philosophy programme at Cardiff that mark it out among Russell Group universities. One is that there is a strong emphasis on ethics, politics, and aesthetics among the modules on offer. The other is that our research and teaching is spread equally across both the 'analytic' and 'Continental' styles of Western philosophy, allowing students to develop a full understanding of both with the possibility of an informed choice to specialise in one approach or the other.

The degree provides the training necessary for students who wish to study either discipline at postgraduate level, and a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills for students who wish to enter other professions.

Key facts

UCAS CodeVV15
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
Studying in WelshThis course offers elements that are taught through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.
Typical places availableThe School of English, Communication and Philosophy typically has 350 places available. The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of English, Communication and Philosophy typically has 350 places available. The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications.
Typical A level offerGrades ABB, to include History. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above), excluding History.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer33 points from the International Baccalaureate, to include 6 points in Higher Level History.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
QAA subject benchmark

Philosophy and History

Admissions tutor(s)

Mrs Anna Birt, Course Administrator

Dr Lloyd Bowen, Admissions Tutor

Dr Richard Gray, Admissions Tutor

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

This is a three-year degree programme comprising some core modules that provide essential skills and training as well as a wide variety of optional modules for you to select from to tailor your degree to meet your interests.

Year one

In Year 1, you take 60 credits of Philosophy modules and 60 credits of History modules.

Students of this course can choose to study modules outside of their allocated School(s) core and optional modules. These can be chosen from modules from participating Academic Schools.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Mind, Thought and RealitySE410120 credits
Moral and Political PhilosophySE410320 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction To ArabicRT110920 credits
Further Elementary ArabicRT111020 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction to Ancient Greek HistoryHS310120 credits
Introduction to Roman HistoryHS310220 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
The Archaeology of Mediterranean Societies: Egypt, Greece and RomeHS212320 credits
Deep Histories: The Archaeology of BritainHS212420 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction To Human CommunicationSE110720 credits
Introduction To Media CommunicationSE110820 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
French Language AdvancedML110420 credits
Modern FranceML619920 credits
French Language BeginnersML619820 credits
Introduction to Political ThoughtPL919620 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction to New Testament GreekRT310720 credits
Further New Testament GreekRT310820 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Medieval EuropeHS110120 credits
Modern WalesHS110420 credits
The Making of The Modern World, 1750-1970HS110520 credits
Early Modern England and Wales 1500-1700HS110620 credits
History in Practice: Fury, Folly and FootnotesHS110720 credits
Making Global Histories: Asia and the WestHS110820 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
History of Mass Communication & CultureMC111020 credits
RepresentationsMC111420 credits
Understanding Journalism StudiesMC157820 credits
Media ScholarshipMC111520 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Elementary Number Theory IMA011110 credits
Algebra IMA012210 credits
Analysis IMA012310 credits
Algebra IIMA012510 credits
Analysis IIMA012610 credits
Mechanics IMA130010 credits
CalculusMA100010 credits
Elementary Differential EquationsMA100110 credits
Introduction to Probability TheoryMA150010 credits
Statistical InferenceMA150110 credits
Computing for MathematicsMA100320 credits
GeometryMA100410 credits
Vectors and MatricesMA100710 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Composition 1AMU110710 credits
Composition 1BMU120810 credits
Fundamental AcousticsMU121710 credits
Practical Musicianship IMU131410 credits
Elements of Tonal Music IIMU122720 credits
Repertoire StudiesMU131720 credits
The Full WorksMU112710 credits
Elements of Tonal Music IMU112520 credits
ETHNOMUSICOLOGY I: MUSIC IN HUMAN LIFEMU112410 credits
A HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSICMU122610 credits
From Page To Stage: Dramaturgy in Musical TheatreMU123010 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction to GovernmentPL919920 credits
Introduction to Political ThoughtPL919620 credits
Modern WalesHS110420 credits
Y Da, Drwg a'r Gwleidyddol - The Good, the Bad and the PoliticalPL919320 credits
Introduction to Political SciencePL919420 credits
Introduction to International RelationsPL919520 credits
Introduction to GlobalisationPL919720 credits
Introduction to European IntegrationPL919820 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction To SanskritRT110620 credits
Further Elementary SanskritRT110720 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction to Lusophone StudiesML411020 credits
Portuguese Language for BeginnersML411120 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Cyflwyniad I'r GymraegCY174220 credits
Llenyddiaeth GymraegCY174320 credits
O Destun I DraethawdCY174420 credits
Diwylliant y GymraegCY175020 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Welsh 1CY177420 credits
Welsh 2CY177520 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Texts in Time 1500-1800SE213220 credits
Literature, Culture, PlaceSE213320 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Medieval EuropeHS110120 credits
Modern WalesHS110420 credits
The Making of The Modern World, 1750-1970HS110520 credits
Early Modern England and Wales 1500-1700HS110620 credits
Four Great Works in PhilosophySE410420 credits
Making Global Histories: Asia and the WestHS110820 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Applied Stats & Maths in Econ & BusinessBS150120 credits
Contemporary Economic IssuesBS154520 credits
Economic HistoryBS154620 credits
Introduction to EconomicsBS154720 credits
MicroeconomicsBS155120 credits
MacroeconomicsBS165220 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Analysing ArchaeologyHS212520 credits
Discovering ArchaeologyHS212620 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Reading and IdentitySE213120 credits
Introduction to Poetry and the NovelSE213620 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
German Language A (First Year)ML213620 credits
German B (First Year)ML213720 credits
Introduction To German History And Culture For Beginners' StudentsML710420 credits
Introduction To German History And Culture For Advanced StudentsML710320 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction To Biblical HebrewRT210420 credits
Further Biblical HebrewRT210520 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Italian Language (Year 1) AdvancedML310120 credits
Italian Language (Year 1) BeginnersML310220 credits
Modern Italy: Birth of a Nation?ML810320 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction To LanguageSE110920 credits
Introduction To Language & SocietySE111020 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Shakespeare and ChaucerSE213520 credits
Medieval Narrative and NationSE213720 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Mind, Thought and RealitySE410120 credits
Four Great Works in PhilosophySE410420 credits
Moral and Political PhilosophySE410320 credits
Darllen AthroniaethSE410520 credits
Y Da, Drwg a'r GwleidyddolSE410620 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction To The Study of Religion 1RT111120 credits
Introduction To The Study of Religion 2RT111220 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Spanish Language (Year 1) AdvancedML510120 credits
Spanish Language Year One BeginnersML510220 credits
Introduction To Hispanic Studies (Advanced)ML511020 credits
Introduction To Hispanic Studies (Beginners)ML511120 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction To The BibleRT210320 credits
The Story of ChristianityRT410320 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Sgiliau llafarCY150020 credits
Defnyddio'r GymraegCY150120 credits
Astudio BarddoniaethCY150220 credits
Astudio RhyddiaithCY150320 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Forensic ChemistryCH211210 credits
Chemical Biology I: Cells and The Molecules of LifeCH311310 credits
Llenyddiaeth GymraegCY174320 credits
O Destun I DraethawdCY174420 credits
Welsh 1CY177420 credits
Welsh 2CY177520 credits
French Language AdvancedML110420 credits
Modern France: War, Conflict & CultureML111310 credits
Modern France: Politics, Economy & SocietyML111510 credits
Algebra IMA012210 credits
Algebra IIMA012510 credits
Introduction To The BibleRT210320 credits
The Story of ChristianityRT410320 credits
Cyflwyniad I'r GymraegCY174220 credits
Environmental ChemistryCH211710 credits
Energy Resources and MaterialsCH211810 credits
Elementary Number Theory IMA011110 credits
German Language A (First Year)ML213620 credits
German B (First Year)ML213720 credits
Italian Language (Year 1) AdvancedML310120 credits
Preliminary Mathematics IMA000310 credits
Preliminary Mathematics IIMA000410 credits
Mechanics IMA130010 credits
Structure and Properties of MatterPX010110 credits
Motion and EnergyPX010210 credits
Foundations of Modern PhysicsPX020110 credits
Electricity, Magnetism & LightPX020210 credits
Elementary Mathematical MethodsPX020310 credits
Italian Language (Year 1) BeginnersML310220 credits
Composition 1AMU110710 credits
Composition 1BMU120810 credits
Fundamental AcousticsMU121710 credits
Practical Musicianship IMU131410 credits
Elements of Tonal Music IIMU122720 credits
Repertoire StudiesMU131720 credits
The Full WorksMU112710 credits
Elements of Tonal Music IMU112520 credits
The Making of The Modern World, 1750-1970HS110520 credits
Early Modern England and Wales 1500-1700HS110620 credits
CalculusMA100010 credits
Elementary Differential EquationsMA100110 credits
Introduction to Translation MethodsML810020 credits
Introduction to Translation TheoryML810120 credits
Introduction to Probability TheoryMA150010 credits
Statistical InferenceMA150110 credits
Introduction To German History And Culture For Advanced StudentsML710320 credits
Introduction To German History And Culture For Beginners' StudentsML710420 credits
Modern Italy: Birth of a Nation?ML810320 credits
Spanish Language (Year 1) AdvancedML510120 credits
Spanish Language Year One BeginnersML510220 credits
Introduction To Hispanic Studies (Beginners)ML511120 credits
Introduction To Hispanic Studies (Advanced)ML511020 credits
Introduction to Ancient Greek HistoryHS310120 credits
Introduction to Roman HistoryHS310220 credits
Medieval EuropeHS110120 credits
Modern WalesHS110420 credits
Experimental Physics IPX112310 credits
The Universe From Particles To GalaxiesPX112410 credits
Planets and ExoplanetsPX122510 credits
How The Human Body WorksPX122610 credits
Introduction to European IntegrationPL919820 credits
Introduction to International RelationsPL919520 credits
Introduction to GlobalisationPL919720 credits
Introduction to Political SciencePL919420 credits
Introduction to GovernmentPL919920 credits
Introduction to Political ThoughtPL919620 credits
Epic and RomanceSE213420 credits
Understanding Journalism StudiesMC157820 credits
Russian for Beginners 1ML330110 credits
Russian for Beginners 2ML330210 credits
Russian Improvers 1ML330310 credits
Russian Improvers 2ML330410 credits
Russian IntermediateML330520 credits
French Language BeginnersML619820 credits
French for BeginnersML619710 credits
Telling Tales and Digging Ditches: Archaeology and FolkloreCE501610 credits
Deciphering the Minoans: the Civilization of Bronze Age CreteCE501710 credits
Medieval France: One Nation, One Power?CE501510 credits
Swords, Sandals, Sex and SocratesCE499710 credits
Comedy and Our CultureCE507310 credits
Inside the News: Past, Present and FutureCE507610 credits
Introducing Moral PhilosophyCE325010 credits
From Florentine Camerata to Stalinist Russia: The Story of Music in Five GenresCE493210 credits
Exploring Children's LiteratureCE493910 credits
Faith, Hope and Charity: A Guide for the WickedCE502310 credits
The Nazi Rise to Power: Weimar Germany, 1914-33CE504210 credits
Europe on the Brink: The Origins of the First World WarCE504610 credits
Introduction to Playing the BluesCE504710 credits
Reading the Past: Historical FictionCE504810 credits
Revenants, Spectres and Seances: The Supernatural in Folklore and LiteratureCE504910 credits
Heroes, Monsters and Homecomings: Epic Journeys from the Classical World to Contemporary CultureCE505010 credits
Tort LawCE109910 credits
Managing Finance ICE136110 credits
Managing Finance IICE286110 credits
Project ManagementCE338910 credits
Property LawCE359310 credits
Medical Imaging and The Human BodyCE396810 credits
Conservation ManagementCE418810 credits
Disease in The Developing WorldCE419010 credits
Professional Leadership and Management DevelopmentCE461310 credits
Coaching and MentoringCE462510 credits
Employability SkillsCE492310 credits
Essential Management SkillsCE492410 credits
Total Immersion - Enterprise & Employability SkillsCE506610 credits
Modern FranceML619920 credits
Economic HistoryBS154620 credits
Japanese HistoryML150110 credits
Contemporary Japanese SocietyML250510 credits
Y Da, Drwg a'r GwleidyddolSE410620 credits
Darllen AthroniaethSE410520 credits
Diwylliant y GymraegCY175020 credits
Making Global Histories: Asia and the WestHS110820 credits
Ghoulish and Gruesome: Beliefs and the Body in early Modern BritainCE501310 credits
Celtic Folklore in Britain and IrelandCE478210 credits
Art, Archaeology and Culture in Ancient GreeceCE478310 credits
C ProgrammingCE514010 credits
Introduction to Translation Methods (French)ML810220 credits
Introduction to Translation Methods (German)ML810420 credits
Introduction to Translation Methods (Italian)ML810520 credits
Introduction to Translation Methods (Japanese)ML810720 credits
Introduction to Translation Methods (Portuguese)ML810820 credits
Introduction to Translation Methods (Spanish)ML810620 credits
Four Great Works in PhilosophySE410420 credits
Introduction to Political ThoughtPL919620 credits
Contemporary Economic IssuesBS154520 credits
Introduction to Translation Methods (French)ML810220 credits
Night's Black Agents: Gothic Mythology and LiteratureCE511310 credits
Education and SocietySI000520 credits
Japanese HistoryML158120 credits
Foundations of Mathematics IMA100520 credits
Foundations of Mathematics IIMA100620 credits
Vectors and MatricesMA100710 credits
Elementary Number Theory IMA011110 credits
GeometryMA100410 credits
Portuguese Language for BeginnersML411120 credits
Computing for MathematicsMA100320 credits
Introduction to Political ThoughtPL919620 credits
Darllen AthroniaethSE410520 credits
Y Gymraeg heddiwCY150420 credits
Y Gymraeg a’r brifddinasCY150520 credits

Year two

In Year 2, you take 60 credits of Philosophy modules and 60 credits of History modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Philosophy of Contemporary PoliticsSE436320 credits
MetaphysicsSE436420 credits
Approaches To HistoryHS170130 credits
Exploring Historical DebateHS170230 credits
From King Coal To Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000HS175630 credits
Contemporary Ethical TheorySE438820 credits
Kant & HeideggerSE439020 credits
Philosophy of MindSE431320 credits
EpistemologySE439820 credits
History and ICT: A Guided StudyHS170530 credits
India and The Raj 1857-1947HS176530 credits
Medicine and Modern Society, 1750-1919HS179930 credits
French Philosophy: Sartre To BadiouSE438020 credits
War, Peace and Diplomacy, c.900-c.1250HS170730 credits
Heresy & Dissent 1000-1450HS171030 credits
Into The Vortex: Britain and The First World WarHS178730 credits
Making Empires: Britain and the World, 1541 - 1714HS179330 credits
Poverty and Relief in Medieval EuropeHS171430 credits
The British Civil Wars and Revolution, C.1638-1649HS174230 credits
Building the Modern WorldHS174430 credits
Being Human: Self and Society in Britain from Darwin to the Age of Mass CultureHS174830 credits
Nations, Empire and Borderlands from 1789 to the presentHS174930 credits
"An Empire for Liberty": Race, Space and Power in the United States, 1775-1898HS176030 credits
The Search for an Asian Modern: Japanese History from 1800 to the Post-War EraHS176830 credits
The Soviet Century: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1905-1991HS177630 credits
Credoau'r CymrySE440020 credits
Modern Moral PhilosophySE437320 credits
Revels and Riots: Popular Culture in Early Modern EnglandHS174330 credits
A Great Leap Forward China Transformed 1840-PresentHS175230 credits
Diwydiannaeth, Radicaliaeth a'r Bobl Gyffredin yng Nghymru a Phrydain mewn Oes Chwyldro, c. 1789-1880HS175730 credits
Latin American HistoryHS176130 credits
A Jagged History: Germany in the 20th CenturyHS176330 credits
The Later Roman Empire AD284 - 602HS331830 credits
Hanes Athroniaeth WleidyddolSE439520 credits
International Study Abroad (60 credits) AutumnSE625160 credits
International Study Abroad (60 credits) SpringSE625260 credits
Radicalism and the Common People, 1789-1880HS175830 credits
Philosophy of LanguageSE435820 credits

Year three

In Year 3, you take 60 credits of Philosophy modules and 60 credits of History modules. If you wish, you can write a dissertation on a topic of your choice in either discipline.

Module titleModule codeCredits
The Problem of ConsciousnessSE437920 credits
Dissertation in PhilosophySE438520 credits
Philosophy and Literary TheorySE432920 credits
NietzscheSE530620 credits
MetaethicsSE436720 credits
DissertationHS180130 credits
Culture, Soc & I.D. in Wales 1847-1914HS186530 credits
Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales 1918-39HS186830 credits
Moral PsychologySE437220 credits
Race, Sex and Empire & India, 1765-1929HS185530 credits
The Dangerous City? Urban Society & Culture 1800-1914HS189630 credits
Sexuality and the Social Order in Medieval EuropeHS180430 credits
Deviants, Rebels and Witches in Early Modern Britain and IrelandHS182830 credits
From Bismarck To Goebbels: Biography and Modern German History, 1870-1945HS182930 credits
Cyfiawnder Byd-eangSE439420 credits
The World of the Anglo-Saxons, c.500-c.1087HS180330 credits
Glimpses of the Unfamiliar: Travellers to Japan from 1860 to the Post-War EraHS185830 credits
Violence and Ideology in Inter-War Soviet RussiaHS188330 credits
Europe and the Revolutionary Tradition in the Long Nineteenth CenturyHS188730 credits
Slavery and Slave Life in North America, 1619-1865HS189030 credits
Gender, Power and Subjectivity in Twentieth-Century BritainHS189430 credits
Philosophy of ScienceSE431220 credits
Philosophy and The ArtsSE432520 credits
International Study Abroad (60 credits) AutumnSE625160 credits
Kingship: Image and Power c.1000-1399HS181330 credits
City Lives: Urban Culture and Society, c.1550-1750HS182630 credits
Cultures of Power: The Gentry of Tudor and Stuart EnglandHS182730 credits
Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945HS183830 credits
Latin American HistoryHS185930 credits
Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain 1880-1918HS186030 credits
Llafur, Sosialaeth a Chymru, 1880-1979HS186230 credits
War and Violence in Modern German History: Myth, Memory and MemorializationHS186330 credits
Advanced Moral PhilosophySE439220 credits
Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng NghymruSE439620 credits
International Study Abroad (60 credits) SpringSE625260 credits
Feminist PhilosophySE438620 credits
Political Philosophy: Methods & ApproachesSE440120 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

We have a supportive learning environment, where students are enabled to acquire a range of skills and a wealth of specialist knowledge.

Our programmes foster intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, close analysis, evaluating evidence, constructing arguments, using theory, and the effective deployment of language in writing and in debate. We also help you gain experience in team-working, independent research, and time management.Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, field trips, and one-to-one tutorials. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors. A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios, and creative assignments.

Welsh language teaching

History provides significant opportunities for learning and teaching through the medium of Welsh. Subject to staff availability, seminar teaching in Welsh is available on some or all of the major core courses, and at least one Welsh language option is offered in Years Two and Three. Welsh language supervision is also available for long essays (Exploring Historical Debate) and dissertations, and students may elect to write all or some of their assessed work and examinations in Welsh.

School of History, Archaeology and Religion 

In 2013/14, 92% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

In 2013/14, 91% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Duration

3 Year(s)

Next intake

September 2016

Places available

Typical places available

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion admits around 260 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.

The School of English, Communication and Philosophy admits around 360 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Applications received

Typical applications received

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion - 1650

The School of English, Communication and Philosophy - 1500

Accreditations

QAA subject benchmark

QAA subject benchmark

Philosophy and History

What are the aims of this Programme?

The BA in Philosophy and History (Joint Honours) gives students the opportunity to combine the study of social and political history with the study of the questions about reality, knowledge and ethics, approached from both the Anglophone and the European traditions in philosophy.  Taking a philosophy degree with us will expose you to the competing answers that philosophers have put forward and to the arguments with which they attacked and defended them.  Students divide their modules equally between Philosophy and History, with a third subject in the first year which may be chosen from a range of Humanities subjects.

Philosophy graduates are known for their incisive analytical abilities and their ability to construct and communicate clear arguments. Studying philosophy develops your abilities to identify the reasons for people’s claims, to find the assumptions lying behind those reasons, to critically assess both and to communicate all of this clearly and effectively.

The Philosophy programme at Cardiff University combines breadth of content with the flexibility required for students to pursue specific interests and to specialise if they want to.

You will study morality including applied ethics, normative ethics andmetaethics; political philosophy including political issues and the legitimacy of political institutions; the philosophical aesthetics of art, music and literature; the nature of mind, thought, language and action; the fundamental nature of reality; the nature of knowledge. You will do this through studying some of the most influential writings in Western literature.

The emphasis on the History side of the degree is on choice.  Students have a free choice of all the modules that are offered in History, subject to caps on student numbers.  Students are able, in the final year, to produce original historical work of their own in the form of a dissertation.

What is expected of me?

As a student, you are expected to demonstrate that you are progressing and engaged academically by regularly attending lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.

A 20 credit module will normally comprise a minimum of 200 study hours and a 10 credit module will normally comprise of a minimum 100 study hours.  This will include contact hours with staff  (lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials) making up approximately 30 hours per 20 credit module, with the remainder of the time spent on self-directed learning for that module (reading, preparation for seminars, research, reflection, formative writing, assessment work and exam revision).  Examinations and assessed work are marked on the assumption that you have fulfilled these requirements.  There are also additional seminars and workshops that students are able to attend.

Attendance at lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials is compulsory.  It is extremely important that you attend all of your classes for the following reasons:

  1. It is in the lectures that you find out what the key topics in your subject are, which can help you structure your additional reading.
  2. Your seminars are the place for you to discuss issues raised in the course and from your reading, and to enhance and develop your understanding.
  3. Both your lectures and seminars will help you prepare your essays and revise for your exams.
  4. Your presence can also help others to learn (as well as you), whilst student absence disrupts the learning process for the whole group.

If you are unable to attend, you must notify your tutor or departmental administrator in advance by telephone, by email or in writing in order to explain your absence. Further information on illness, reporting extenuating circumstances, and leave of absences can be found in student handbooks and the Academic Regulations Handbook.

The Department expects that Students will:

  • attend all classes, punctually, and to explain any absence (in advance where possible)
  • prepare adequately for and contribute to seminars and tutorials
  • avoid plagiarism (plagiarism being work which uses the words or ideas of others without acknowledging them as such)
  • take responsibility for their own learning, with appropriate guidance  monitor their own progress and take account of the feedback given
  • show respect for their fellow students, tutors and the learning environment
  • manage their time effectively so that they are adequately prepared for all classes and assignments
  • complete their assessments on time and in compliance with the instructions given
  •  take responsibility for advising themselves of the regulations governing assessments
  • ensure that they are registered for the requisite number of modules and that the academic registry are aware of which modules they are taking
  • read all handbooks carefully and take appropriate action
  • regularly access their University e-mail account
  • ask members of staff before using their names as referee

Full expectations for students are outlined in the University’s Student Charter.

Students are expected to adhere to the Cardiff University policy on Dignity at Work and Study, which can be found here: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/govrn/cocom/equalityanddiversity/dignityatwork/index.html

How is this Programme Structured?

BA Philosophy and History is a three-year degree programme.  Students progress from more general modules in the first year to more specialised modules in the second and third years.

Year One

  • 40 credits of History modules;
  • 40 credits of Philosophy modules;
  • 40 credits in History or another Humanities subject.

Year Two students study:

  • 60 credits of modules in History;
  • 60 credits of modules in Philosophy.

Year Three students study:

  • 60 credits of modules in History;
  • 60 credits of modules in Philosophy.

Students may opt to write a dissertation on a topic of their choice.

Students must pass each academic year before being allowed to proceed.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this Programme?

No specific equipment is required.

What skills will I practise and develop?

Philosophy

Many of the learning outcomes listed above involve practising skills that are transferable to numerous areas of employment.  Students who engage with the programme will practice and develop the ability to:

  • Communicate concepts, theories and arguments and the appraisal of them accurately and clearly, both orally and in written form
  • Assess the validity of different evidence and argument
  • Use a variety of sources in a comprehensive and well-documented manner
  • Explore critically their own beliefs and values
  • Display sensitivity to the diversity of beliefs, practices and ways of life
  • Use electronic sources of information effectively

History

The acquisition of skills and of intellectual understanding generally is progressive. As you progress through your degree we will raise our expectations of the depth and breadth of your studies. In broad terms:

Year One introduces you to a variety and range of approaches.

Year Two provides you with specific training in the critical analysis of concepts, theories and methods.

Final Year provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills through a systematic engagement with, and interrogation of primary sources in your modules and in the production of a Dissertation based on original research.

You are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and for the presentation of your findings. We cannot learn for you, but it is our responsibility to help you learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, and to help you become independent learners.

How will I be taught?

Philosophy

A diverse range of learning and teaching styles is used throughout the programme. Students will attend lectures, participate in seminars and tutorials, and study independently in preparation for each session. All of the taught modules within the programme are optional.  All taught modules involve some formative assessment which is returned to you with individual feedback. Generic Feedback is provided for all forms of summative assessment. In the Final Year students can choose to write a dissertation on a topic of their choice (subject to supervisory availability and approval of the title by the Board of Studies).

History

Most modules are taught through a combination of lectures, private study, seminars and individual feedback. Lectures, usually one per week, provide guidance concerning the issues and problems to be followed up in your own reading and writing. For each seminar you will do six to eight hours of preparation, and in the session itself you will use the knowledge thus acquired to present and test your arguments. In the process, you will also receive feedback on them from lecturers and fellow students. In your essays you will combine a range of sources – sometimes contradictory – into a coherent argument of your own, backed by evidence. Again, you will receive individual feedback from lecturers, in writing and orally.

Core courses in Years One and Two usually comprise weekly lectures, supplemented by fortnightly seminars in small groups. In Year Two and especially Year Three, the emphasis shifts further towards seminar work, with individual supervision for extended essays and dissertations. In total, you would be expected to work 35-40 hours per week.

How will I be assessed?

Philosophy

Assessment:

Summative assessment for most modules takes place through one or more of the following methods: unseen examinations; open book examinations; portfolios of essays; and (if chosen) the dissertation.  The form(s) of summative assessment for individual modules are set out in the relevant module description.  Assessment methods are chosen as most appropriate to elicit the skills, knowledge and competencies developed by the module.  Not all skills are assessed directly (e.g. the accurate and clear oral communication of concept and theories).  However, opportunities are made available for the development of such skills in seminar presentations, and their value is emphasised to students.  Details of any academic or competence standards which may limit the availability of adjustments or alternative assessments for students with disabilities are documented in the Module Descriptions.

Feedback

Formative assessment is provided as feedback on coursework through written comments and individual discussion and on oral seminar presentations through individual guidance.

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Assessment:

You will be assessed largely by written examinations and coursework essays. You will also write longer essays, source criticisms, critical reviews of scholarly articles, and a dissertation, and you will give oral presentations in certain courses. The marking criteria for this work measure the extent to which you have achieved the learning outcomes for the Programme.

Progression is built into assessment, in that students do smaller guided tasks in Year one, as well as formative essays in Years Two and Four.

Feedback:

You will receive feedback through formative written work, seminar discussion, written feedback on essays, and essay tutorials.

How will I be supported?

Every student is assigned a personal tutor in both Philosophy and in History with whom to discuss and reflect upon academic progress and discuss any problems or circumstances that adversely affect your studies.  Students are expected to take responsibility for their own development.  You will attend a compulsory Academic Progress Meeting with your Philosophy personal tutor each semester, before which you will complete a form which is designed to help you reflect on the written feedback and the reasons for the marks you have received from the previous round of assessment. You will discuss this feedback and your reflections on it with your personal tutor.

In addition, all staff have weekly office hours during teaching weeks and students may make appointments to see their personal tutor or module leaders on a one-to-one basis. Staff may also be contacted by email. Details of the office hours and email addresses of staff are provided in the Module Guide for each module and/or posted on their office doors.

The majority of modules make use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Learning Central, where students can access course materials and links to related reading and online resources.

What are the Learning Outcomes of this Programme?

Students should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge and understanding of important concepts, theories, problems and arguments in the main areas of Philosophy, such as metaphysics, epistemology,  philosophy of mind, logic, moral philosophy and, political philosophy.
  • Familiarity with the ideas and arguments of some of the major philosophers in the history of the subject, encountered in their own writings
  • Awareness of some major issues currently at the frontiers of philosophical debate and research.
  • Precision of thought and expression in the analysis and formulation of complex and controversial problems.
  • Ability to construct and justify arguments whileforming independent, fair and well-supported assessments of conflicting views and opinions
  • Ability to explore critically beliefs and values, and question their presuppositions
  • Ability to appreciate the diversity of competing theories, and of competing interpretations of theories and texts, in Philosophy
  • Ability to apply philosophical concepts, theories, arguments and methods to some of the major problems, both theoretical and practical, facing human reflection, life and society.
  • An accurate understanding of  philosophical texts and ability to interpret these texts carefully, with due regard to their context
  • An awareness of the bibliographic conventions of the discipline and their role in communicating information.
  • Critical understanding;
  • Knowledge of the diversity of human society across a wide geographical and chronological range;
  • Ability to identify patterns of change and to locate detailed examination of particular themes, episodes and events within them;
  • Ability to develop a reasoned, coherent, argument about specific problems, deploying appropriate evidence, and demonstrating awareness of the limits of their knowledge;
  • Ability to achieve the above objectives both independently and as part of a team.

Other information

Students will develop a range of discipline-specific skills that employers also value. Students learn to assess critically a body of knowledge, to develop hypotheses, test them against qualitative and quantitative evidence, and present conclusions both in writing and orally.

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