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  • Objectives
    This course will enable you to draw on your Philosophy background and pursue the subject in greater depth at postgraduate level. It can also help you to bridge the gap from undergraduate study to research-based study, such as an MPhil or PhD. You will be encouraged to explore fundamental questions about politics and the enforcement of a legal code by authority, and further contemplate the issues of right, wrong and responsibility in this context. Through core modules, you will develop your research skills and examine the issues concerning, for example, distributive justice (the allocation of goods in a society). This course draws on the Philosophy Department’s reputation as a centre of excellence in research and teaching. Most importantly, it reflects contemporary analytic philosophy and will strengthen your skill set for use in your future career.
  • Academic Title
    MA Ethics and Political Philosophy
  • Course description
    Key facts

    -The independent Leiter report in philosophy now ranks our department in the top ten in Britain.
    -It is a centre of excellence in research and teaching and especially strong in the areas of metaphysics, mind and language, and the arts.
    -Most recent RAE rating was 5
    -We are home to the major journal, Analysis, and staff members include editors of some of the world’s most renowned Philosophy titles, including Mind; Mind and Language; and Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
    -We were awarded an Excellent rating in the most recent Subject Review

    Course Content

    You will take three core modules in:

    -Research Methods in Philosophy
    -Free Will and Action
    -Plus either Meta-ethics or Normative Ethics

    You will also select a module from a list covering a broad range of philosophical topics - reflecting the research interests of members of the Department - such as:

    -Themes from Chomsky
    -Art and the Mind
    -Themes from Frege
    -Directed Reading

    You will also complete a 10,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice (subject to the approval of the Head of Department). This dissertation will account for a third of your MA and can be entirely tailored to reflect your interests and personal specialisms.

    Course Structure

    The MA in Ethics and Political Philosophy can be completed in 1 year of full-time study (September to September) or 2 years part-time.

    A total of 180 credits need to be passed to complete the course, comprising 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation.

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