BA World Philosophies

SOAS, University of London
En City of London (Inglaterra)

£ 9,000 - ($ 230,665)
IVA inc.

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  • Bachelor's degree
  • City of london (Inglaterra)
  • Duración:
    3 Years

Philosophy has been a significant activity in most cultures for several thousand years. It seems to be a natural development of human societies to ask complex questions about the fundamental nature of reality, about what it is to be human, about what constitutes a good life, about the nature of beauty, justice, knowledge and truth, of how to confront and resolve ethical dilemmas.

A degree in philosophy from SOAS, with its focus on the philosophical traditions of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, offers you the opportunity to become conversant with the formal epistemological systems and traditions of argumentation, political and ethical systems of thought, and analysis from a wider range of societies and historical contexts than those of the traditional philosophy graduate. Not only do we have a range of unparalleled expertise in the philosophical traditions of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, many of the School’s lecturers are trained in and conversant with European philosophical traditions. The range of languages offered in the School ensure that you will encounter philosophical traditions in their vernacular contexts.

In addition to the ability to think critically and logically, acquired through the study of philosophy in general, the study of philosophies from Asia, Africa and the Middle East will enable you to take a broad, balanced, and comprehensive view, to listen attentively to and understand others’ viewpoints with empathy and deep cultural insight. With these skills in hand, you will develop the capacity to become effective mediators between and within diverse societies, in complex and demanding environments and situations. SOAS is uniquely placed to offer a philosophy programme that can equip students with the skills and training to meet this challenge.

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Requisitos: Applicants should preferably have studied Philosophy at A Level.


Dónde se imparte y en qué fechas

Inicio Ubicación
30 septiembre 2016
City of London
London, Inglaterra
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¿Qué aprendes en este curso?

Skills and Training
World Philosophies
philosophical traditions
independent research
Comparative Ethics
Philosophies of Language
African Philosophy
Afrophone Philosophies

Programa académico

The structure of the BA World Philosophies, taken as a single subject honours degree, ensures that students gain a rigorous grounding in core philosophical themes, concepts, problems and approaches drawn from European, Anglophone, and non European philosophical traditions with an accompanying flexibility built in to enable regional or thematic specialism or language capability. Courses to the equivalent of 4 full units must be taken in each year. Courses to the equivalent of 2 full units are compulsory per year, with students free to select a further 2 from a list of options in various traditions or themes in World Philosophies, or to choose a language specialism. The first year of the programme provides an essential foundation in World Philosophies, and introduces core topics in Philosophy, with additional options available that enable focus on discrete traditions, a language, or thematic components. The second year builds on the foundations established in the first year, enabling students to grapple with questions of interpretation, hermeneutics, phenomenology, and dialogue between and within philosophical traditions. Core components of philosophical methods and concepts are also taught and students are encouraged to develop a regional or thematic specialism, choosing from a wide range of options that address philosophical themes or offer training in specific philosophical traditions. Language training is also encouraged. The third and final year is characterised by a focus on epistemology and critique, independent research, and the consolidation of a chosen regional or thematic specialism. All students undertake a supervised Independent Study Project which is intended to consolidate and extend a student’s philosophical tradition based understanding and knowledge applied to prominent themes or debates in the field of World Philosophies. Programme Overview Year one: (note: half unit courses in ‘Aesthetics’, ‘Philosophy of Mind’, and ‘Political Philosophy’ will be developed in subsequent years to supplement the compulsory half unit courses but will also be available in year 3) Introduction to World Philosophies 158000197 (compulsory/core, 1 unit) Introduction to Logic, Critical Reasoning, and Argumentation 158000193 (compulsory, 0.5 unit) Metaphysics in Comparative Perspective 158000198 (compulsory, 0.5 unit) Two options in ‘Traditions of Philosophy’ (1 unit): Buddhism: Foundation 158000110 (0.5 unit term1) Hinduism: Foundation 158000118 (0.5 unit term 2) Islam: Foundations 158000189 (0.5 unit term 1) Judaism: Foundation 158000148 (0.5 unit term 1) Religions of East and Central Asia 158000100 (0.5 unit term 2) Open Options (1 unit, students are encouraged to choose a relevant language, see available language options) Year two: Anglo European Philosophies and Critical Dialogue: Hermeneutics and Beyond 158000135 (compulsory, 1 unit) Comparative Ethics 158000199 (compulsory, 0.5 unit) Philosophies of Language 158000196 (compulsory, 0.5 unit) Options in ‘Traditions of Philosophy’ (1–2 unit, for available options, see List I) Extra Departmental or Language Options (0–1 unit, for options, see List II and available language options) Year three: ‘The Margins of Philosophy’: Postcolonial, Gender and Queer Epistemologies 158000116 (compulsory, 1 unit) Independent Study Project in World Philosophies 158000194 (compulsory, 1 unit) Options in ‘Traditions of Philosophy’ (1–2 unit, for available options, see List I) Extra Departmental or Language Options (0–1 unit, for options, see List II and available language options)

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