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  • Objectives
    This is a three-year dual honours degree, combining the study of Linguistics and Philosophy. Linguistics and Philosophy is a degree that allows you to explore our dependence on language from different but complementary perspectives. While in Linguistics you will learn about the nature and development of different languages, in Philosophy you will discover that reflection on language is a key part of any inquiry into philosophical questions. Linguistics: Approximately half of your modules will be shared with students on the single honours BA in English Language and Linguistics. This concerns the structure, use, history and acquisition of English, and of natural languages more generally. There are a number of thematic pathways within the degree programme at levels two and three, including theoretical and comparative approaches, language and society, folklore and cultural tradition, and historical approaches to language. Dual degree students may take modules from within any of these pathways with the opportunity to study, for example, syntax, phonetics, sociolinguistics, language and gender, Middle English, and child language acquisition. The course structure on the linguistics side of the degree is relatively fixed at level one: you will take 40 credits of linguistics modules, including Sounds and Structures of English (20 credits combined), plus one of the following (History of English, Doing Linguistics, and Varieties of English). You may take additional English Language and Linguistics modules to make up your 40 unrestricted credits. Level one modules are intended to provide a foundation in linguistic theory and analysis, and to introduce you to topics that you may wish to explore in more depth. The course structure in your subsequent years is extremely flexible: you will choose approximately 50% of your modules (60 credits per year) from any of the modules offered at each level. This allows you to pursue your specific interests in linguistics and at the same time to integrate your linguistic studies with your developing interests in Philosophy. Philosophy: There is an exciting range of Philosophy courses taught by researchers who are experts in their fields. You can develop your understanding of the key areas of philosophy such as Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Theory of Knowledge, Political Philosophy, Metaphysics and Logic through the course of your three years. We also have courses on major figures in the history of philosophy such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hegel and others. The Philosophy side of the degree is based on the principle of free choice, with no required modules.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements GCE/VCE A levels - ABB Scottish Highers - AAAA-BBBB Irish Leaving Cert. - AAABB-BBBBB International Baccalaureate - 29-35 points Core Requirements - Grade B in GCE A Level English Language (or other evidence of an appropriate interest in language).
  • Academic Title
    BA Linguistics and Philosophy
  • Course description
    Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.
    Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

    Important notice :
    This is a list of modules that have been offered in the past. We expect similar modules to be offered for courses starting in 2009.
    This information is provided for illustration only and you should check with the department directly when applying to confirm module options.

    Find out how to contact the department

    Typical First Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits
    The Sounds of English  10
    The Structure of English  10
    Critical Thinking  20
    Doing Linguistics  20
    History of English  20
    Human Rights  20
    Matters of Life and Death  20
    Mind, Brain and Personal Identity  20
    Philosophy of Art and Literature  20
    Varieties of English  20
    Areas of Philosophy  10
    History of Philosophy  10
    Key Arguments  10
    Knowledge, Justification and Doubt  10
    Philosophy of Religion  10
    Philosophy of Science  10
    Typical Second Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits
    A Sense of Place: Local and Regional Identity  20
    Art and Tradition  20
    Chaucer's Comic Tales  20
    Cognitive Approaches to Language Acquisition  20
    Descartes and The Empiricists  20
    Ethics: Theoretical and Practical  20
    Ethics: Theoretical and Practical  20
    Ethics: Theoretical and Practical  20
    Feminism  20
    Feminism  20
    Formal Logic  20
    Formal Logic  20
    Introduction to Old English  20
    Language Politics and Language Policy  20
    Language and Power  20
    Lexicology  20
    Morphology  20
    Old English: Language, Texts and Culture  20
    Paradoxes  20
    Philosophy of Art and Literature  20
    Philosophy of Law  20
    Philosophy of Mind  20
    Philosophy of Mind  20
    Phonetics  20
    Plato  20
    Plato  20
    Political Philosophy  20
    Political Philosophy  20
    Reference and Truth  20
    Sociolinguistics  20
    Syntax 1  20
    Syntax II  20
    The History of Persuasion  20
    The Rationalists  20
    The Rationalists  20
    The Social Contract  20
    Theory of Knowledge  20
    Theory of Knowledge  20
    Topics in Ancient Philosophy  20
    Topics in Ancient Philosophy  20
    Typical Third Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits
    Advanced Logic  20
    Aristotle  20
    Desires of One's Own  20
    Desires of One's Own  20
    Dialect in Literature and Song  20
    Dissertation  20
    English Folklore: Language, Literature and History  20
    English Folklore: Language, Literature and History  20
    Epistemology  20
    Feminism: Rationality and Politics  20
    Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition  20
    Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition  20
    Hegel and His Critics  20
    History of Linguistics  20
    Hobbes and Hume  20
    Kant  20
    Language Change  20
    Language and Gender  20
    Later Modern English 1700-1945  20
    Metaphysics  20
    Morality, Identity and Freedom  20
    Philosophical Problems 1  20
    Philosophical Problems II  20
    Philosophy of Language  20
    Philosophy of Mathematics  20
    Philosophy of Psychology  20
    Philosophy of Science  20
    Phonology  20
    Possible Worlds  20
    Pragmatism  20
    Pragmatism  20
    Semantics, Pragmatics and Discourse  20
    Special Subject  20
    Syntax 3  20
    Syntax 3  20
    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  20
    The Imagination  20
    Theories of Rights  20
    Traditions of Supernatural Belief  20
    Tudor English  20
    Value Theory  20

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