BA Philosophy and Psychology

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  • Objectives
    Philosophy provides an excellent complement to the study of Psychology. Through Psychology you will learn about how the mind works and why we behave as we do, while in Philosophy you will have the chance to explore the conceptions of the mind, human nature and human behaviour that are invoked in psychological theories. In this degree course you will normally take half your modules in Psychology and half in Philosophy. Teaching and research are closely integrated at Sheffield and the Psychology and Philosophy departments each have an excellent reputation for both. Both departments received a rating of Excellent for their teaching and a top rating of 5A in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. Psychology: The Psychology Department is situated in a purpose-built building that houses a lecture theatre, seminar rooms and teaching laboratories. Research and teaching facilities include small laboratory rooms for individual and small-group practical work; visual perception and motor skills experimental laboratories; rooms with one-way vision screens and closed-circuit television for developmental psychology and for social psychology; state-of-the-art neuroscience facilities, including provision for brain imaging research and for neurophysiological recording from single cells. We have extensive general computing facilities for teaching and also powerful computer work stations for online experiments and research in artificial intelligence and robotics. The department has reading rooms for students and a social area with a coffee bar, as well as a vibrant, student-run Psychology Society that organises visits, talks and social events. Philosophy: The Department of Philosophy offers an exciting range of courses taught by researchers who are experts in their fields. During the three-year course 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. We also have courses on major figures in the history of Philosophy such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and Hegel. The Philosophy side of the degree is highly flexible, with no required modules.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements GCE/VCE A Levels - AAB Two GCE A Levels plus two GCE AS Levels - AA+AB, AB+AA BTEC Level N - DDD Scottish Highers - AAAA Irish Leaving Cert. - AAABB International Baccalaureate - 35 points Core Requirements - Grade C in GCSE Maths and English. Overseas students will also need a recognised English language qualification which shows proficiency in both written and spoken English.
  • Academic title
    BA Philosophy and Psychology
  • 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.

    Typical First Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits
    Discovering Psychology  20
    Memory, Skill and Everyday Life  10
    Methods and Reasoning for Psychologists  10
    Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology  10
    Social Understanding, Social Communication, Social Places  10
    Critical Thinking  20
    Human Rights  20
    Matters of Life and Death  20
    Mind, Brain and Personal Identity  20
    Philosophy of Art and Literature  20
    Areas of Philosophy  10
    History of Philosophy  10
    Knowledge, Justification and Doubt  10
    Philosophy of Religion  10
    Philosophy of Science  10
    Philosophy of Space and Time  10
    Typical Second Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits
    Psychological Research Methods  20
    Cognitive Psychology  20
    Descartes and The Empiricists  20
    Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences  20
    Ethics: Theoretical and Practical  20
    Feminism  20
    Formal Logic  20
    Neuroscience  20
    Paradoxes  20
    Philosophy of Art and Literature  20
    Philosophy of Law  20
    Philosophy of Mind  20
    Plato  20
    Political Philosophy  20
    Psychological Concepts and Skills  20
    Reference and Truth  20
    Social and Health Psychology  20
    The Rationalists  20
    The Social Contract  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
    Epistemology  20
    Feminism: Rationality and Politics  20
    Hegel and His Critics  20
    Hobbes and Hume  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

    Possible Worlds  20
    Pragmatism  20
    Research Project in Psychology (1)  20
    The Imagination  20
    Theories of Rights  20
    Value Theory  20
    Clinical Psychology  10
    Co-operative Models of Mind  10
    Cognition and Emotion  10
    Cognitive Development  10
    Cognitive Neuropsychology  10
    Environmental Psychology  10
    Extended Essay in Psychology  10
    Learning and Memory in Young Children  10
    Multivariate Methods for Personality and Social Psychology  10
    Neural Bases of Learning and Development  10
    Neurons, Images and Chaos: Methods for Cognitive Science  10
    Occupational Psychology  10
    The Social Psychology of the Self  10
    Visual Perception  10

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