Politics and Philosophy

Politics and Philosophy go together very well as a dual degree and make an excellent combination of the practical and the theoretical. You will learn about politics as it actually happens in the real world, but at the same time you will explore political theories and philosophies and the conceptions of human nature and society that underpin them. Combining Politics with Philosophy gives you a chance to explore the ideas behind political theorising.

On this course you will normally take half your modules in Politics and half in Philosophy.

In Politics, teaching covers a wide range of topics, including international relations, governance and public policy, political theory, and comparative politics. The geographical areas covered include Europe (Central, Southern, and Eastern Europe and the European Union), the Americas, South Asia, and Africa.

In the first year you take the core module Introduction to Political Analysis along with two further modules. In the second and third years you deepen your subject knowledge by taking further core and optional modules, followed by a project module or a dissertation.

The Philosophy department offers an exciting range of modules taught by researchers who are experts in their field. You can develop your understanding of the key areas of philosophy, such as ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, and logic. We also offer modules on major figures in the history of philosophy, including Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Hegel.

The Philosophy side of the degree is highly flexible, with no required modules. Dual students have exactly the same choice of modules as single Philosophy students. Philosophy modules

You can also choose from the following variations on the dual Politics and Philosophy BA:

  • BA Politics and Philosophy with International Experience (Study)
  • BA Politics and Philosophy with International Experience (Employment)
  • BA Politics and Philosophy with International Experience (Study and Employment)

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For more on Philosophy at Sheffield, click here. For information on Politics, click here. For more on the technical details of this course, including entry requirements, see the University 2018 prospectus.

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