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Qualification: Philosophy, BA

Philosophy, BA

Qualification Information

1. Knowledge and understanding
1.1. Students possess knowledge of the fundamentals of philosophy: theories, concepts, methods and philosophical problems.
1.2. Students have a thorough knowledge of the main fields of philosophy: logic, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics and political philosophy and have acquired a comprehensive knowledge of a selected philosophical field.
1.3. Students have a clear overview of the development of Western philosophy from ancient to contemporary times and more detailed knowledge of at least four periods, including the principal philosophical movements of the 20th century.
1.4. Students have adopted a critical perspective on philosophy and are familiar with diverse philosophical viewpoints, theories and methodology used in philosophical research.

2. Practical skills
2.1. Students have developed independent working methods and mastered scholarly presentation in both written and spoken language, used to address theoretical subject matter and opinions.
2.2. Students are organised and able to work independently on diverse philosophical topics.
2.3. Students are able to make critical, but prudent, use of guidance and comments on their work.
2.4. Students are able to analyse highly complex subject matter, set goals, and devise and follow a work schedule.
2.5. Students have mastered the technicalities and literary specifics of essay writing.
2.6. Students are proficient in the primary software used for acquiring knowledge and information.

3. Theoretical skills
3.1. Students are able to direct their own research into specific and stimulating topics, applying appropriate research methods and academic theories.
3.2. Students are familiar with the fundamentals of thorough source analysis, are comfortable with diverse kinds of sources and able to use them in their own investigations.
3.3. Students have a clear understanding of what sophisticated and recognised scholarship entails and can substantiate their evaluations.
3.4. Students are able to present reasoned arguments for the importance of philosophical analysis in contemporary society.

4. Communication skills
4.1. Students are independent and demonstrate initiative in their studies.
4.2. Students can work in groups and direct other people's work.
4.3. Students can express themselves using clear and organised language, both spoken and written, and have mastered various rhetorical styles to suit different situations.
4.4. Students are able to clearly explain complex philosophical topics in a public setting and substantiate their findings.
4.5. Students are familiar with the primary software used for acquiring knowledge and information.

5. General academic skills
5.1. Students have acquired the necessary academic skills to be able to undertake further studies.
5.2. Students have become independent, broad-minded and critical thinkers and are able to apply these skills in their studies and work.

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Philosophy

NQF Level: 
6