The BA in Philosophy has been designed to address the novel agenda created by the emergence of the knowledge economy and by the graduate employment market created by this change.
The programme is grounded in an educational methodology structured around project-based context-driven inquiry, which positions the learner at the interface between knowledge generation and knowledge use.
The intention is to move beyond the exhausted language of rigid opposition between the academic and vocational.
It is to assist the inquiring self in identifying and nurturing a personal portfolio of competences responding to the contemporary material condition of humanity.
Students in the past have looked at issues in architecture, art, consumerism, culture, disability, education, film, gender, love, music, property, technology, the family, and various other topics.
The Book of Change
We've collated abstracts from past students' projects in what we have labelled the Book of Change. Find out about past themes and questions explored in these projects:
The methodology of the project learning approach has been discussed in the following articles:
- Jaros, M. & Deakin-Crick, R., “Personalised Learning for the Post-Mechanical Age”, Journal of Curriculum Studies, Volume 39, Issue 4 August 2007, 423 – 440
- Rose, D. “Philosophical Education and Cultural Relevance: discipline-affirmation in the context of the knowledge economy”, Journal of Further and Higher Education, 2012, 1-19
- Rose, D “Context-based learning”, Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning, ed. N. Seel, Springer Publishing, 2011, 799-802
- Rose, D. "Weaving philosophy into the fabric of cultural life", Discourse, 2009, 9(1): 165-182
Philosophical Studies secured funding to investigate the methodology and nature of the project learning approach from the HEA Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies.
The aim of this research was to:
- ensure that learners are aware of the skills they develop
- help learners perfect skills
- make sure they are able to communicate the value of philosophical concepts outside academia