PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE (BA)
Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36
Both philosophical and literary works ask us to reflect deeply on human experience in different ways. This course encourages you to think about the wide range of methods and capacities that contribute to human understanding.
Jointly taught first and third year modules put you in conversation with scholars in both fields, around texts of shared interest. You can take module options in both departments in all years, and a free third year option in any subject. As a finalist you’ll write an independent research essay, supported by joint tutorials with Literature and Philosophy staff.
Year 1: Problems in Philosophy and Literature, Modes of Reading, Introduction to Philosophy, Logic I, plus an option to be chosen from English or Philosophy
Year 2: History of Modern Philosophy, options in Philosophy (30 CATS), and options in English (60 CATS)
Year 3: Textual Studies, options in Philosophy (30 CATS), options in English (30 CATS), and 30 CATs of options to be chosen from any available subject.
In the course of Years 2 and 3, your Philosophy options must include an optional core module (15 CATS) in philosophical study of art and aesthetics, such as Philosophy through Film or Aesthetics: Art, Beauty and the Sublime.
In the 1st year, 25% of your modules are options. In the 2nd and 3rd years, your modules are either 75% options or, in the year that you satisfy your optional core requirement, 12.5 % of your modules are optional core and 62.5% are options.
Our main teaching methods are lectures, lecture-discussions, and seminars alongside private study and study skills sessions. Our students benefit from expert guidance from staff in developing strong analytical and critical skills, and our students highly rate the feedback they receive. In addition to compulsory teaching, we also offer many extra academic activities, including optional lectures, colloquia, discussion groups and workshops.
Typically 3 hrs of contact time per week per module, in most cases this would be 2hrs lecture and 1 hr seminar but is variable depending on teaching methods.
Seminar sizes are typically 12-15 students. Lectures vary by module from 20-220.
We track your progress and provide you with feedback through regular non assessed work, assessed essays and written examinations. Your final degree classification is based on assessed essays, other assessed work (which may include, for example, group work or video presentations), examinations and an optional dissertation or individual project. Your second and third year work carries equal weight in determining your final degree classification. The intermediate and final years each count for 50% of your degree.
We run successful undergraduate exchanges with Queen’s University, Ontario, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, enabling second-year Philosophy students (single or joint honours) to compete for the chance to spend a full year studying in North America. Modules and examinations taken at Queen’s and Madison count towards your degree.
All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities, which currently include: Bourgogne, Dijon; Erasmus, Rotterdam; Copenhagen; Friedrich Schiller, Jena or Cologne; Vienna; Autonoma or Complutense, Madrid or Seville; Rome or Turin; and Koc, Istanbul. The Study Abroad Team in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
Study skills will be built into your core modules in the first year. In those modules, you will develop skills in close reading, essay writing, exam technique, critical thinking and presentation. As well as the opportunity of individual careers appointments, there are a wide range of events and workshops – including small workshops for people with no career ideas, speaker events for people interested in a certain sector, and large career fairs for organisations wanting to recruit a large number of graduates each year.
We also offer specific sessions for second and third years, directed as honours level assessed work. Warwick also offers the Undergraduate Skills Programme and Academic Writing Programme to help you further develop academic and career-related skills.
"The tutors within the department are always available during their office hours and will encourage you to actually ‘do’ Philosophy rather than just memorize the ideas of Philosophers for your exams."
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A level: AAB, to include grade A in English Literature or English Language and Literature
IB: 36, to include 6 in Higher Level English Literature or English Language and Literature
Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
- Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units, and grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent.
- Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
- We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.
Problems in Philosophy and Literature
Modes of Reading
Introduction to Philosophy
Logic I, plus an option to be chosen from English or Philosophy
- History of Modern Philosophy
- Options in Philosophy (30 CATS)
- Options in English (60 CATS)
- Textual Studies
- Options in Philosophy (30 CATS)
- Options in English (30 CATS)
- 30 CATS of options to be chosen from any available subject
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
Nietzsche in Context; Philosophy, Literature and Film; Romantic and Victorian Poetry.
Law, publishing, teaching, marketing, civil service, academia.
We invite Philosophy and Literature alumni back to campus to speak to current students about careers.
A level AAB, to include grade A in English Literature or English Language and Literature
IB 36, to include 6 in Higher Level English Literature or English Language and Literature
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time
24 September 2019
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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This information is applicable for 2019 entry.
Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.
Philosophy and Literature
Philosophy with Classical Civilisation
Philosophy with Psychology
Mathematics and Philosophy
Classical Civilisation with Philosophy
History and Philosophy
Philosophy and Global Sustainable Development
Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Philosophy, Politics and Law
English Literature and Creative Writing
English and Theatre Studies