The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Politics and Philosophy

Why choose this course?

Politics and Philosophy presents to us the major preoccupations of human existence; what is the good life? How can we judge between right and wrong? For some traditions in philosophy the civic life or the life of the state was the way to operationalize the good life and to develop fully human potential. Therefore, the two subjects overlap and interconnect well in their consideration of how people should live and how they can come together as citizens.

What happens on the course?

Indicative Course Structure (Info correct on July 2016).

Semester 1 Starters:

Semester 1 level 4

Semester 2 level 4

4PO003 Introduction to British Politics (C)

4PO002 Introduction to International Relations (C)

4PH002 Introduction to Philosophy (C)

4PH003 Thinking Ethically (C)

4GK006 Success in HE (O)

4GK006 Success in HE (O)

4GK001 Raising Intercultural Awareness (O)

4SL011 Volunteering in the Community (O)

4WL002 Basic Language (O)

4HU002 Popular Culture (O)

4WL003 Intermediate Language (O)

4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism (O)

4WL002 Basic Language (O)

4WL003 Intermediate Language (O)

Semester 1 level 5

Semester 2 level 5

5PO003 Contemporary Political (C)

5PO004 World Politics (C)

5PH002 Ideologies Ethical Virtues, Principles and Judgement (C)

5PH003 Knowing the World: Language and Experience (C)

5HU001 The Enlightenment (C)

5SL008 Volunteering in Action (C)

5HU003 Body, Sexuality and Identity (O)

5PH001 Law, Morality and Society Europe United? (O)

5PO006 Contemporary Britain (O)

5PO005 Politics, Societies and Cultures (O)

5WL001 Basic Language (O)

5WL001 Basic Language (O)

5WL002 Elementary Language (O)

5WL002 Elementary Language (O)

5LW022 Supervised Placement Year (this is year-long 40 credit module. This cannot be taken if 5SL008 is taken). (O)

Semester 1 level 6

Semester 2 level 6

6PH003 Freedom, Recognition and Authenticity (C)

6PO003 Political Theory (C)

6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe (O)

6PH002 Self and Other: The Demands of Social Justice (O)

6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland (O)

6PO002 The Politics of the Middle East (O)

6MZ012 Global Media/Global Culture (O)

6WL001Intermediate/ Advanced Language (O)

6SL013 The Global World (O)

6PH005 IS in Philosophy (O)

6WL001 Intermediate/ Advanced Language (O)

6PO004 Politics Project (O)

6PH005 IS in Philosophy (O)

6HS013 Work Placement in the Community (O)

6PO004 Politics Project (O)

6HS013 Work Placement in the Community (O)

Why Wolverhampton?

  • Members of the Philosophy and Politics subject teams are active researchers and have published widely. This research underpins the curriculum and ensures an engagement with current developments in the disciplines.
  • You will learn to apply philosophical skills and techniques to practical reasoning in an imaginative way.
  • Both subjects are in the School of Law, Social Sciences and communications which have a strong tradition of pastoral support and counselling relating to academic skills.
  • Internationally renowned philosophers are invited under the Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture series to deliver lectures.

Comment from our External Examiner on provision:

For Philosophy:

"The curriculum is very well designed with material which meets the requirements of philosophical rigour and contemporary relevance. It is suitably orientated to cater for the interests of the students on the joint honours program. As in previous years it is evident that significant and sustained attention has been devoted to thinking about how to teach content in a way which encourages student engagement".

What our students think

“ My time at Wolverhampton University as a student was a most constructive and enjoyable one both from an academic point of view, but also from a social and cultural perspective. Academically the module offered me a first-class education delivered by very competent and dedicated lecturers”

(2008 graduate of Politics now a PhD student).

“My philosophical education has nurtured my cognitive powers to levels of intensity and endurance I would never have thought myself capable of. Also, the enthusiasm of the lecturers has played an integral part in my coming to appreciate that the journey to new ways of seeing the world is as pleasurable as the destination itself.” Andres Del Cisne (Graduate 09)

Career path

Politics and Philosophy graduates have gone on to pursue a variety of careers in the public and private sector. Several now work in journalism; others are employed as teachers and lecturers, while some have opted for postgraduate study at prestigious institutions throughout the world. Careers in local government, IT, media and campaigning are also pursued.

What skills will you gain?

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Organise (materials, time-frames, formats, etc.) and gather information from a variety of sources.
  2. Employ a range of written, oral and digital resources in the research, articulation and presentation of scholarly and academic work;
  3. Demonstrate a familiarity with specialised subject vocabularies, drawing connections between ideas, concepts, arguments and theories within Politics and Philosophy;
  4. Display a critical self-awareness and openness to reasoned dialogue with others in a multi-cultural and international context whilst learning to act independently;
  5. Demonstrate key employment skills (eg. self-management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups);
  6. Appreciate the historical development of the major traditions in Politics and Philosophy.

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475
Part time # £2,835

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321150

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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