Philosophy and Economics (BA)
The joint honours degree in Philosophy and Economics provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.
The BA in Philosophy and Economics aims to develop your understanding of economic analysis and economic problems as they relate to a wider range of social and political issues, while cultivating your intellectual and critical skills.
Each School involved in delivering the degree offers a challenging course of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships.
There are two related aspects of the philosophy course 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.
The distinctive features of the course include:
- a strong emphasis on ethics, politics, and aesthetics
- equal attention to ‘analytic’ and ‘Continental’ styles of Western philosophy
- the opportunity to study in two subject areas with different social science perspectives
- the experience of learning within different teaching environments, interacting with students and staff across the University
- the wide variety of modules and subject areas available to students within Economics and Philosophy.
|Next intake||September 2017|
|Studying in Welsh||Up to 33% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information|
|Typical places available||The School of English, Communication and Philosophy typically has 350 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School of English, Communication and Philosophy typically receives 1450 applications.|
|Typical A level offer||ABB Normally from any combination of three A-level subjects excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||WBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above).|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||35 points, at least 5 points each from English and Mathematics at standard level.|
|Other requirements||Applicants will also require GCSE English grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.|
This full-time course lasts for three years with two semesters per year, split between the two subjects. There are 120 credits a year. Most modules are worth 20 credits.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.
You will take 60 credits in philosophy and 60 credits in economics.
The compulsory philosophy modules focus on the nature of thinking and introduce the central concepts, theories, arguments, and approaches of contemporary moral and political theory.
There are also compulsory modules in macroeconomics and microeconomics.
You will take 60 credits in philosophy and 60 credits in economics. Macroeconomic theory and microeconomic theory modules are compulsory.
You will also choose your remaining modules from a large range of options.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|British Economy||BS2547||20 credits|
|Money Banking & Finance||BS2551||20 credits|
|Managerial Economics||BS2560||20 credits|
|Introductory Econometrics||BS2570||20 credits|
|State, Business and the British Economy in the Twentieth Century||BS2572||20 credits|
|Philosophy of Mind||SE4313||20 credits|
|Philosophy of Language||SE4358||20 credits|
|Philosophy of Contemporary Politics||SE4363||20 credits|
|French Existentialism||SE4369||20 credits|
|Modern Moral Philosophy||SE4373||20 credits|
|Hanes Athroniaeth Wleidyddol||SE4395||20 credits|
|Credoau'r Cymry||SE4400||20 credits|
|Ancient Philosophy||SE4405||20 credits|
|International Study Abroad (60 credits) Autumn||SE6251||60 credits|
|International Study Abroad (60 credits) Spring||SE6252||60 credits|
You will take 60 credits in philosophy and 60 credits in economics.
In philosophy specialised modules let you pursue your interests and engage with current issues in research and scholarship.
In economics your techniques in mathematics and statistics will have advanced and you will be able to apply economic analysis to theoretical debates in economics and assess alternative arguments.
How will I be taught?
We offer a supportive learning environment, where you are enabled to acquire a range of skills and a wealth of specialist knowledge. Our courses 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.
You will be taught both by lecture and seminar. Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas.
Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures. Seminars usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations.
How will I be supported?
Your scheduled contact hours will be supplemented by the opportunity for individual meetings with academic staff, by supportive academic progress meetings with your personal tutor and by the opportunity to attend research seminars and careers activities.
You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.
The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.
We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback lectures, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance.
Coursework will be marked by your module tutor and your tutor will give you written feedback on your work. You will also have a feedback class after each assessment. Students will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following the May/June examination period and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor as part of the monitored student self-assessment scheme.
How will I be assessed?
A range of assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios and creative assignments.
Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments.
The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study, to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.
What skills will I practise and develop?
As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’, which will allow you to:
- grasp complex issues with confidence
- ask the right questions of complex texts
- have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
- identify and apply relevant data
- propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
- communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
- work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
- learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
- work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
- use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
- take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.
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 graduating.
Philosophy graduates have excellent analytic and communication skills that fit them for a full range of professions and further training. Their cultural expertise and intellectual abilities are valued in the public and private sector, and in contexts as varied as the classroom, the law courts or the media.
In 2013/14, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
Economics is an intellectually stimulating discipline and the skills of economics graduates are often in demand by employers in both the public and private sector. Whatever career you pursue, the skills acquired during your degree (problem solving ability, quantitative techniques and analytical skills), will undoubtedly be welcomed by employers.
In addition to the University Careers Service, we have invested in our own, dedicated careers centre to help students find internships, job opportunities and access business industry specific advice and guidance.
UK and EU students (2017/18)
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
Students from outside the EU (2017/18)
Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Please check with us for full clarification.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
You will not need any specific equipment.
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