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Philosophy A level at Sussex Downs College

Course description

Philosophy is concerned with the big questions: What is knowledge? What is truth? What is Good? Philosophy is a rigorous intellectual discipline focused on reasons, arguments and justification. This course introduces you to Epistemology (theory of knowledge), Moral Philosophy, the Metaphysics of God, and the Metaphysics of Mind. The course is designed to develop critical and intellectual skills, to challenge preconceptions, and to develop knowledge and understanding of major philosophical issues.The modules offered in year 1 are: 1, EpistemologyWhat is Knowledge? Including the definition of Knowledge, the tripartite theory of knowledge, Gettier cases and responses.Perception as a source of knowledge, including Direct Realism, Indirect Realism,Berkeley's IdealismReason as a source of knowledge, including Innatism, the intuition and deduction thesis, The Limits of knowledge2. Moral PhilosophyWhat do we mean by good, bad, right and wrong? Normative Ethical theories, including Utilitarianism, Deontological ethics, Virtue ethics. Applied Ethics, including stealing, simulated killing, eating animals, telling lies. Metaethics: the distinction between cognitivism and non-cognitivism about moral language, Moral realism and Moral anti-realism. The modules offered in year 2 are: 3 Metaphysics of GodThe concept and nature of God, issues with God's attributes Arguments for the existence of God including ontological, teleological and cosmological arguments. The Problem of EvilThe status of religious language4 Metaphysics of MindWhat do we mean by 'mind'? Dualist theories, Physicalist theories, including Philosophical behaviourism, Mind-brain type identity theory, eliminative materialism, functionalism

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

You will need at least GCSE English Language or Literature grade B/6 and grade C/5 in Maths.

Assessment

A Level Philosophy is assessed by unseen examinations at the end of this two years course. There is one three hour paper consisting of 5 question each on epistemology and moral philosophy, and a second three hour paper consisting of 5 questions each on the metaphysics of God and the metaphysics of mind. You will also be assessed throughout the course with written homework, class presentations, written exercises and mock examinations. At the end of your first year you will sit of formal 1st year exam which will inform both your predicted grade for UCAS applications and your progression to the second year of study

Future opportunities

Philosophy A Level is extremely popular with universities as it demonstrates the capacity for original and rigorous thought and the critical analysis of difficult texts. These skills form an important basis for intellectual development, and are highly prized on any Higher Education course.

Further information

Philosophy is concerned with the big questions: What is knowledge? What is truth? What is Good? Philosophy is a rigorous intellectual discipline focused on reasons, arguments and justification. This course introduces you to Epistemology (theory of knowledge), Moral Philosophy, the Metaphysics of God, and the Metaphysics of Mind. The course is designed to develop critical and intellectual skills, to challenge preconceptions, and to develop knowledge and understanding of major philosophical issues.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 June 2018
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