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Philosophy and Politics (Including Foundation Year) BA (Hons)

University of Essex

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Colchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    06-OCT-22

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

On our four-year BA Philosophy and Politics (including foundation year), we work with you to develop your subject-specific knowledge, and to improve your academic skills. You receive a thorough grounding in these areas during your foundation year (known as Year Zero) to prepare you for a further three years of undergraduate study at Essex. Our five-year version of this course enables you to study abroad during your fourth year of study. This course includes a foundation year (Year Zero), followed by a further three or four years of study, depending on whether you choose to study abroad for a year. During your Year Zero, you study three academic subjects relevant to your chosen course as well as a compulsory academic skills module. SSome of the most fundamental questions about political life, its principles and ideals, are philosophical in character. Is it moral to go to war, or is it a necessity? What ethical implications are there in politics? What is the meaning of life? What are our fundamental rights? These are some of the key questions we consider. You'll be taught by academics in our School of Philosophy and Art History, all of whom are open-minded and have an exceptionally broad range of research interests. We have particular strengths in the areas of ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of religion, and European philosophy (including critical theory, phenomenology, and existentialism) - meaning you'll gain a thorough grounding in how philosophy and politics intertwined. You'll also be taught by our politics academics, some of who are renowned for their work advising the CIA on counter-terrorism and commentating on political events in national international media.

Application deadline

15 January

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University information

University of Essex

  • University League Table

    27th

  • Campus address

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England

The careers team offer dedicated international careers advice and support throughout studies and after graduation.
Central London is easily accessible from all of the university's campuses.
The University of Essex has a student body that represents over 140 nationalities and supports over 30 different cultural societies.

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    112 54%

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  • Graduate prospects

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    70.0 70%

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    4.00 80%

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    109 53%

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  • Graduate prospects

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    75.0 75%

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    122 71%

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  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%

    38th

    6

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