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MA Philosophy in Education

Course length
  • 1 years full-time
  • Not available to study part-time
  • An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject
  • PGCert Philosophy in Education
  • PGDip Philosophy in Education
Summary

NB: This programme is only available for full-time study in 2016/17.

Please see further details on the maximum period of study.

This innovative degree is specifically for teachers of philosophy in schools, particularly those who deliver, or wish to deliver, the AQA A Level in Philosophy.

You will focus on topics on the A Level syllabus and teaching philosophy, which includes training in the methodology of Philosophy for Children. The degree is for both those with previous education in philosophy, and those seeking a rigorous introduction.


The timetable for 2016-17 can be found in the Postgraduate Options Handbook at the bottom of the page.

Teaching & Assessment

The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation. Students will have two core modules and two optional modules. Students are assessed in each module through a combination of coursework and an end of year essay. The Teaching Philosophy coursework includes exercises in argument, reflection on personal practice and designing a Philosophy for Children enquiry. The final dissertation of 12,000 – 15,000 words is on a research topic agreed by your supervisor.

Core modules

Teaching Philosophy and Ethics

A module specifically geared towards teachers of Philosophy.

This unique module provides an in-depth discussion of the requirements and resources for A level syllabi, training in teaching generic philosophical skills of reasoning and argument, and the Philosophy for Children methodology. This module is recognised by SAPERE for Level 1 training and qualification.

 

Knowledge and Reality

Examine current theories in epistemology and analytic metaphysics.

Gain detailed knowledge of the central philosophical themes in these important areas, such as justification, perception, scepticism, realism, causation, persistence through time, freedom, and existence.

Introduction to Philosophy

You will have an initiation into the analytic method of philosophising and also to the central questions from the history of philosophy.

This is a core module for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in philosophy.

Optional modules

Reason and Religion

Examine historical and contemporary topics such as arguments for and against the existence of God, the nature of religious belief and language, and ideas of the afterlife.

This module focuses on a selection of key arguments about the existence and nature of the divine, and the implications of these for human life. It examines the work of philosophers from a range of religious traditions and none, and encourages an understanding of both historical debates and current developments in each topic. The module aims to cover most of the Philosophy of Religion topics from the AS and A2 Philosophy (AQA) syllabus for those with an interest in teaching AS/A2 Philosophy, although it is intended for anyone with an interest in studying the rationality of religious belief.

Mind and Psychology

Think critically about the nature of the mind, its relation to the body, and the philosophical implications of contemporary theories in cognitive and evolutionary psychology.

By the end of the course, students will be able to understand the theoretical links between philosophy and psychology and will have knowledge of debates concerning consciousness, functionalism and the computer model of mind, mental causation, and other related topics.

Logic and Language

This module provides detailed knowledge of some of the major trends in current philosophical logic and in philosophy of language.

Explores some key views of Frege, Russell and Kripke on meaning and reference, and presents the current state of debate as regards truth, theories of meaning, interpretation, and contextualism within the philosophy of language.

Political Philosophy

Explore contributions to current debates on selected themes.

Taught in alternate years.