The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
For this combined degree, you study half of your modules in Philosophy and half in Sociology.
Philosophy: Philosophy’s first year modules will provide you with a thorough grounding in mainly mainstream western philosophy. Philosophy and Sociology students take our core modules, Problems of Philosophy, Reasoning and Logic, as well as some of the optional modules that are listed below.
- Ethics: How should we live?
- Epistemology: What & how do we know?
- Philosophical Traditions: Existentialism
- Philosophy of Religion
- Political Philosophy: Can power be legitimate?
- Moral Problems
- Ancient Philosophy
Read more about first year Philosophy modules
Sociology: In your first year you will be introduced to degree level sociology through Social Worlds and the Sociological Imagination, gain an understanding of stratification through Social Divisions, and learn the basics of research design and methods.
Philosophy: On the Philosophy side of your programme, you are given greater freedom of choice to pursue the topics and questions that interest and inspire you. The range of modules on offer may differ a little from year to year, but the following is an indicative list.
- The Mind-Body Problem
- Elements of Logic and Metaphysics
- Feminist Philosophy
- Speaking of Things
- Logic: Its Limits and Scope
- Sex, Ethics and Philosophy
- The Ethics of Killing
- The Ethics and Politics of Climate Change
- Experience and Reason: Early Modern Philosophy
- History of Analytic Philosophy
Read more about second year Philosophy modules
Sociology: The second year builds on the first year by developing your understanding of Modern Sociological Theory, and introducing debates about the nature of Global Societies. You can choose a specialist option in either Gender and Sexuality or Ethnic Relations, and receive more advanced methods training in data analysis and preparation for your final year dissertation.
Philosophy: Final year Philosophy modules are informed by lecturers’ research interests to a greater degree than before, and you should get a real feel for philosophy at the cutting-edge. Philosophy and Sociology students choose from a list such as the example below.
- Minds, Brains and Computers
- Topics in Philosophy of Religion
- Global Bioethics
- Prejudice, Race & Gender
- Being Good and Doing Right
- Philosophy of Language
- Reason and Belief: Topics in Epistemology
- What there is: Issues in Ontology
- Philosophy of Mathematics
- Science and Nature
- Philosophy of Time Travel
Another option is the Philosophical Project module, for which you research and write a dissertation with the help of a supervisor who advises you and generally guides you through the process.
Read more about third year Philosophy modules
Sociology: Your training in key sociological ideas is completed with a module on Contemporary Social Theory, and you can then specialise in the areas of the discipline that interest you most. Our teaching staff, who are active researchers, run options in their own specialist fields.
Most importantly, you will research and write an independent, supervised dissertation, or extended essay, which brings together your research skills on a project defined by you. This can be focused on Philosophy, Sociology or a topic that bridges both disciplines.