Philosophy and Economics (BA)

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

Many students find joint honours both stimulating and rewarding as they observe both similarities and differences in the two subjects. 

There are two related aspects of the Philosophy programme at Cardiff that mark it out: our emphasis on ethics, politics, and aesthetics among the modules on offer and the 'analytic' and 'Continental' styles of Western philosophy. 

 As a joint honours student, you will find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives as well as skills and that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research.

Each school involved in delivering the degree offers a challenging programme of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships.

Key facts

UCAS CodeVL51
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.
Typical applications receivedThe School of English, Communication and Philosophy typically receives 1450 applications.
Typical A level offerABB Normally from any combination of three A-level subjects excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer35 points, at least 5 points each from English and Mathematics at standard level
Other qualificationsApplicants 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.

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

Philosophy, Economics

Admissions tutor(s)

Mr Kevin Stagg, Admissions Tutor

Mrs Anna Birt, Course Administrator

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.

We realise that many of our students will not have had the opportunity to study Philosophy before as an academic discipline, and for the increasing number of those who have, it is still relatively new and demanding. We therefore structure the programme with great care so as to build progressively your critical understanding and creative philosophical skills.

Year one

You will take 60 credits in Economics and 60 credits in Philosophy during your first year of study.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Mind, Thought and RealitySE410120 credits
MicroeconomicsBS155120 credits
Moral and Political PhilosophySE410320 credits
MacroeconomicsBS165220 credits

Year two

You will take 60 credits in Economics and 60 credits in Philosophy.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Microeconomic TheoryBS255020 credits
Macroeconomic TheoryBS254920 credits

Year three

You will take 60 credits in Economics and 60 credits in Philosophy.

Module titleModule codeCredits
The Problem of ConsciousnessSE437920 credits
Dissertation in PhilosophySE438520 credits
Philosophy and Literary TheorySE432920 credits
NietzscheSE530620 credits
MetaethicsSE436720 credits
International Economic HistoryBS355620 credits
Labour EconomicsBS355820 credits
International TradeBS356820 credits
Industrial EconomicsBS357220 credits
Financial EconomicsBS355420 credits
International FinanceBS355520 credits
Economics of BankingBS357120 credits
Moral PsychologySE437220 credits
The Economics of DevelopmentBS357320 credits
Cyfiawnder Byd-eangSE439420 credits
Philosophy of ScienceSE431220 credits
Philosophy and The ArtsSE432520 credits
International Study Abroad (60 credits) AutumnSE625160 credits
Social WelfareBS357420 credits
International Study Abroad (60 credits) SpringSE625260 credits
Advanced Moral PhilosophySE439220 credits
Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng NghymruSE439620 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.

The School of English, Communication and Philosophy offers intellectually stimulating programmes of study, shaped by the latest research. 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. A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios, and creative assignments.

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

In 2013/14, 95% of Cardiff Business 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

Cardiff Business School admits around 550 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 English, Communication and Philosophy = 1500 Cardiff Business School = 3500

Accreditations

QAA subject benchmark

QAA subject benchmark

Philosophy, Economics

What are the aims of this Programme?

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 Ancient History, with a third subject in the first year which may be chosen from a range of Humanities subjects.

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.

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.

Economics

The overall aim of the undergraduate joint programmes between Economics and Humanities is to provide students with an understanding of the method, content and scope of economic analysis and of the particular Humanities subject they follow.  The programmes equip students with a thorough grounding in the theory and techniques of the core subject areas of the disciplines studied. They offer a non quantitative approach to economics.  They look to stimulate students to appreciate the value of economics and of the humanities in understanding a wide range of social issues. 

The programmes offer students the opportunity across the three/four years of study to follow a number of economics modules that complement the humanities’ modules they choose. These include economic history, social economics, the economics of the EU, public finance, economic thought and welfare economics The programmes encourages a range of transferable skills that will be of value to students in their subsequent careers.

Specifically the Economics Component of the Joint Programmes with Humanitiesaims to:

·      inform students of the main features of the UK economy and the key changes that have taken place recently.

·      provide students with a sound understanding of the method, content and scope of economic analysis and a thorough grounding in the core subject areas.

·      introduce students to applied material in industrial economics, monetary economics and international trade.

·      provide students with an appreciation of the value of economic analysis in understanding a wide range of social issues.

·      develop in students the ability to apply economic analysis to theoretical debates in economics and to assess alternative arguments.

·      introduce students to data and research on the UK economy.

·      encourage students to apply economic analysis to evaluate alternative policy options.

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.  Therefore, 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.

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

How is this Programme Structured?

The economics with humanities programmes are generally full-time 3 year programmes of study, involving compulsory and optional modules.  However, if they involve a language, some are four year programmes.  Students normally attain 120 credits each year and 360 in total.

Approximately one half of the modules the students complete are taught by the Business School’s Economics Section as part of the single honours Economics Degree Programme.  Approximately one half are taught by the Faculty of Humanities & Social Studies as part of their degree programmes. In year 1, only a third of module content is in economics, comprising a maximum of 40 credits.

Teaching and learning aspects of the programmes, particularly the economics elements, come within the remit of the Economic Board of Studies.  Full details of the programme structure, requirements, modules and credits are set out in the Business School’s Module Catalogue.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this Programme?

Any equipment required will be supplied by the School.

What skills will I practise and develop?

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

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).

Economics

A  Knowledge and understanding

Core knowledge and understanding is taught and learnt through lectures, class materials and assigned reading, and this is further developed through the reading associated with written coursework. Worksheets and classes provide the means of reinforcing knowledge and understanding.

More advanced knowledge and understanding is acquired and developed by independent study, assignment & project work, library & computer based learning.

B  Intellectual Skills

Intellectual skills are acquired and applied through lectures, tutorials, class group work and exposure to relevant literature.  Work on the different modules and staff in the programme confronts the student with different methodologies and approaches.

Intellectual skills are developed progressively over the three/four years through classwork, coursework, written work and independent study.

C  Discipline Specific Skills

The students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own studies, and to think and work as independent learners, supported by teaching and the tutor system.

Economics discipline specific skills are acquired and applied through lectures, tutorials, class group work and exposure to relevant literature.  The different economics and humanities modules expose the student to a range of methodologies and approaches.

Discipline specific skills are developed progressively over the three/four years through classwork, coursework, written work and independent study.

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.

Economics

A  Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge and understanding are assessed summatively though coursework, computer exercises, assignments and projects, class tests and examinations.

Formative assessment is provided orally in classes for classwork. For coursework it is provided through general handouts and/or verbal explanation during a lecture.  Individual feedback, indicating, errors, strengths, weaknesses and direction for improvement is offered to each student.

B  Intellectual Skills

Intellectual skills are assessed summatively though coursework, computer exercises, assignments and projects, class tests and examinations.

Formative assessment is provided orally in classes for classwork. According to the level and the student’s individual intellectual development, feedback focuses on application, analytical skills and the development of critical abilities.

C  Discipline Specific Skills

Economics discipline specific skills are assessed summatively though coursework, computer exercises, assignments and projects, class tests and examinations.

Formative assessment is provided orally in classes for classwork. According to the level and the student’s individual intellectual development, feedback will focus on analytical skills and the development of critical abilities.

How will I be supported?

Every student is assigned a personal tutor in both Philosophy and Mathematics 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.  There is a form to fill in before each Academic Progress meeting 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?

Philosophy

Students should be able to demonstrate the following:

·         Demonstrate 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.

·         Demonstrate familiarity with the ideas and arguments of some of the major philosophers in the history of the subject, encountered in their own writings

·         Demonstrate awareness of some major issues currently at the frontiers of philosophical debate and research.

·         Display precision of thought and expression in the analysis and formulation of complex and controversial problems.

·         Construct and justify arguments whileforming independent, fair and well-supported assessments of conflicting views and opinions

·         Explore critically beliefs and values, and question their presuppositions

·         Appreciate the diversity of competing theories, and of competing interpretations of theories and texts, in Philosophy

·         Apply philosophical concepts, theories, arguments and methods to some of the major problems, both theoretical and practical, facing human reflection, life and society.

·         Accurate understanding of  philosophical texts and ability to interpret these texts carefully, with due regard to their context

·         Awareness of the bibliographic conventions of the discipline and their role in communicating information.

Economics

A  Knowledge and understanding

Upon completion of the Economics Joint Programmes with Humanities a typical student should:

·      be familiar with the main features of, and recent changes in, the British economy.

·      have a sound understanding of the foundations of economic theory and contemporary problems.

·      be familiar with the main forms and sources of economic data and how they are used in economic analysis.

·      understand the key current economic policy debates.

·      have a basic understanding ofthe differences in methodology and analysis distinguishing economics from the humanities.

·      recognisehow economics can complement other academic approaches to specific social problems.

B  Intellectual Skills

Upon completion of the Economics Joint Programmes with Humanities a typical student should be able to:

·      appreciate the main areas of debate over the recent and current performance of the UK economy.

·      apply theoretical ideas to analyse contemporary problems and particular aspects of UK economic performance.

·      explain and critically evaluate specific economic theories.

·      work with economic data and statistics on topics they have covered.

·      analyse and evaluate social problems using the ideas, arguments and evidence of economics.

·      appreciate the limitations of economic methodology and analysis, and thereby recognise where and how  alternative approaches might generate valuable insights.

·      recognise the potential for bringing together economic and the humanities to better understand society and social welfare issues.

C  Discipline Specific Skills

Across the various economics modules of the economics with humanities programmes, students are introduced to, acquire and are assessed on a variety of transferable economics discipline-specific skills. Upon completion of the programme a typical student should be able to:

·         simplify complex economic decision-making situations to produce analytical frameworks that facilitate both understanding and efficient problem solving.

·         apply deductive reasoning and logical analysis to economic issues.

·         integrate data, factual information, and research findings in an appropriate manner.

·         model economic behaviour, identifying key variables and relationships, determining predictions, and developing the comparative statics.

·         recognise the relevance of opportunity costs and marginal analysis to business decision making.

·         identify and analyse the ramifications of government and international policy for the development of firms, markets and the economy.

·         understand and evaluate the role of incentives and strategic thinking in determining individual agents’ behaviour and therefore in achieving economic goals.

·         evaluate current economic thinking and challenge established government policy.

·         compare and contrast different academic methodologies, and to develop an integrated approach to the relationship between the economy and other important aspects of social life.

Other information

The distinctive features of the economics with humanities programmes include:

·         the opportunity to study in two subject areas and therefore experience two different social science perspectives;

·         the experience of learning within different teaching environments, interacting with students and staff across the university;

·         the opportunity to study in two main disciplines and therefore to appreciate the debates on the individual and society from different perspectives;

·         the intellectual challenge derived from exposure to critical analysis across the social sciences and the humanities;

·         the wide variety of modules and subject areas available to students within Economics, and across the Humanities;

Admissions tutors

Mr Kevin Stagg, Admissions Tutor

Mrs Anna Birt, Course Administrator

Dr Richard Gray, Admissions Tutor


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