Philosophical Studies is an interdisciplinary, collegiate group for promoting pragmatic and scholarly studies of knowledge-human interfaces. It is an alliance of experienced lecturers, researchers and supervisors representing diverse research interests interrogating the relationship between conceptual frameworks and the arts, culture, the environment, ethics, metaphysics, religion, science and society. Its chief aim is to initiate and structure the academic programme, funding, and implementation of such studies, e.g. via seminars, research papers and meetings, degree programmes, and links with other institutions.
In particular, Philosophical Studies is the home of the BA and MPhil degree programmes in Philosophical Studies of Knowledge and Human Interests. Each year more than 30 students enrol on the Single Honours Programme which embodies an innovative educational approach in the context-driven, personalised project.
Over the last 5 years in the National Student Survey, Philosophical Students rated both the student experience and the teaching on the course extremely highly.
Philosophical Studies at Newcastle is a novel educational initiative in personalised learning and a unique aspect of this course is that our students engage in a context-driven project chosen by themselves, using it as a vehicle both for developing a personal portfolio of skills and also acquiring knowledge that is relevant and salient for today’s world.
Internal resources for current students are available.
The unit is committed to following the British Philosophical Association (BPA) and Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Good Practice Guidelines. The guidelines deal with gender bias, conference and seminars, sexual harassment, caregivers and staff-student relationships.