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Philosophy, Politics & History BA (PPH) with a Philosophy major

Courses

In each year of your undergraduate programme, you will study the equivalent of four, 30-credit, courses for your honours degree, plus three non-credit bearing courses for your NCH Diploma.

The courses that run in each academic year are subject to change in line with faculty availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every course will be delivered. For further information, please see here and speak to your admissions contact.

In your first year

Ethics

30 Credits

Study and discuss the works of Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant and Mill… Read More

Logic: Formal & Philosophical

30 Credits

This course introduces students to the language and tools of classical elementary log… Read More

International Relations: Theory and Practice

30 Credits

This course covers several international mainstream and critical theories… Read More

World History

30 Credits

World History aims to give students a firm grounding in the deep history of humanity … Read More

The NCH Diploma

Critical Reasoning

0 Credits

Studied in Michaelmas term, introduces students to formal and informal logic… Read More

LAUNCH: Introductory Capabilities

0 Credits

LAUNCH provides students with an understanding of the world of work… Read More

In your second year

Early Modern Philosophy (Advanced)

30 Credits

This course will introduce students to developments in European philosophy… Read More

Plus ONE of the following:

Metaphysics (NCHPH515)

30 Credits

This course investigates the fundamental nature of reality, beginning with ontology… Read More

Ancient Philosophy (NCHPH530)

30 Credits

The Ancient Philosophy course surveys ancient Greek philosophy from the pre-Socratics… Read More

Plus:

Old Powers, New Powers: Imperialism, Colonialism and the Modern State

30 Credits

This course examines the impact of empire on world history… Read More

Plus ONE of the following:

History, Heritage & Memory

30 Credits

This course introduces students to the history of historical writing… Read More

The Long Civil Rights Movement (NCHHI519)

30 Credits

This course examines civil rights activism in favour of racial equality...… Read More

From the Enlightenment to the Cold War: Political Thought from Rousseau to Arendt

30 Credits

An introduction to ancient, early modern and modern thought… Read More

From the Ancient Greeks to Modern Pluralism: Political Thought from Aristotle to Berlin

30 Credits

An exploration of some of the key writers in the History of Political thought… Read More

The NCH Diploma

Science Literacy

0 Credits

Physics, Cosmology, Evolutionary Biology and Neuroscience literacy… Read More

LAUNCH: Introductory Capabilities

0 Credits

LAUNCH provides students with an understanding of the world of work… Read More

In your third year

Select ONE of the following:

Advanced Ethics

30 Credits

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Aesthetics

30 Credits

The aesthetic experience and aesthetic objects, their nature and their value… Read More

Kant and Post-Kantian Philosophy (NCHPH659)

30 Credits

In this course we study the critical philosophy of Kant and its legacy.… Read More

Philosophy of Mind & Language (NCHPH633)

30 Credits

Foundational concepts, problems, & theories in the philosophy of mind and language… Read More

Political Philosophy (NCHPH628)

30 Credits

Study themes of huge interest: authority, liberty, democracy, justice, & the market… Read More

Plus:

Philosophy Dissertation

30 Credits

In the final year, each major student writes a 7,000-word philosophy dissertation… Read More

International Organisations: Global and Local

30 Credits

Has global governance backfired?… Read More

Plus ONE of the following:

History Dissertation

30 Credits

A culmination of the undergraduate history degree programme… Read More

Heap of Shot or Pot of Treacle? Social History in Britain, 1870-1914

30 Credits

This course will examine the way in which British society was transformed … Read More

The Crusades and the Expansion of Europe, c. 1000- c. 1200

30 Credits

This course will investigate the history of the crusades… Read More

Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Early Modern World (NCHHI673)

30 Credits

Cross-Cultural Encounters explores the 16th and 17th Century period of discovery.… Read More

The City in American Political Life 1776 – Present (NCHHI674)

30 Credits

This third-year special subject analyses the role played by cities in America...… Read More

The Long Civil Rights Movement (NCHHI675)

30 Credits

A focus on civil rights activism in favour of racial equality in the modern period.… Read More

The NCH Diploma

Applied Ethics

0 Credits

A series of lectures on major ethical challenges and alternative responses… Read More

LAUNCH: Applied Capabilities

0 Credits

Advanced Capabilities course runs over students’ final two years at the College… Read More

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