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Philosophy
Bachelor of Arts (Major subject)

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Short description

Short description

The Bachelor's programme in Philosophy serves as a fundamental historical and systematic orientation in philosophy. Students become acquainted with the historical development of philosophy as well as with key questions and methods of Practical Philosophy and Theoretical Philosophy. Moreover, the philosophy course fosters the competence to philosophise independently by means of overview lectures and intensive work on exemplary problems in small exercise groups that impart the necessary methodological and analytical skills.

In the centre of research and teaching at the Institute of Philosophy there are Epistemology and the Philosophy of Science, Ethics and Political Philosophy, Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Language, the History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Culture and Social Philosophy, as well as the Philosophy of Mind and Cognition. Philosophie at Heinrich-Heine-University combines in an outstanding way a great variety of disciplines and methods with research interests that transcend institute boundaries and find expression in joint projects and colloquia.

Combination options

For this study programme you need a minor subject

Ancient Culture
Art History
Communication and Media Studies
English and American Studies
German Languages and Literatures
Historical Studies
Japanese Studies
Jewish Studies
Linguistics
Musicology
Political Science
Romance Languages and Literatures
Sociology
Yiddish Culture, Language and Literature

Entry/Admission requirements

There are no formal requirements to be fulfilled prior to the bachelor programme in philosophy other than the general higher education entrance qualification and a good reading knowledge of the English language. What is essential, however, is the willingness to closely read a large variety of texts in German and English as well as the readiness to continually and critically assess your own firm convictions. The B. A. course in philosophy teaches the fundamentals of the subject and lays the foundations for advanced studies in various philosophical subdisciplines. It aims at training skills that are both necessary for advanced studies in philosophy and helpful for a profession taken up directly after completing the course. Special attention is given to abilities like coherent argumentation and the application of analytical thinking to concrete concerns. Students are capacitated, and encouraged, to make use of their philosophical expertise in solving practical problems of private and social life.

Programme content

In a first approach, philosophy can be divided into three broad fields, which complement each other during the course of studies.

Theoretical Philosophy deals with the possibility and the limits of knowledge, the structure of consciousness and mind as well as with their relation to matter in general and to the body in particular, or with the metaphysical question of what holds the world together.

Practical Philosophy is concerned with human action in the widest sense, for example with the question of the good and the just, with how political institutions may be justified, or what is the responsibility of groups or communities as a whole.

The History of Philosophy focuses on the genesis of philosophical problems and with the linguistic and historical premises that enter into each theory formation. What is more, the analysis and interpretation of the philosophy from Plato and the Pre-Socratics to Descartes and Kant up to the present provides a rich and nuanced vocabulary for a differentiated description of most phenomena and issues.

In concrete terms, philosophy is studied in lectures, seminars and exercises. Lectures provide a broad an encompassing overview of different systematic fields and debate, research areas, or historical epochs. Seminars offer room for critical and constructive discussions. They are dedicated to specific texts or topics to be analysed and interpreted in detail over the course of a semester. Exercises serve as a training in basic skills, such as academic reading and writing or argumentation, in small groups.

Programme structure

In a first approach, philosophy can be divided into three broad fields, which complement each other during the course of studies.

Theoretical Philosophy deals with the possibility and the limits of knowledge, the structure of consciousness and mind as well as with their relation to matter in general and to the body in particular, or with the metaphysical question of what holds the world together.

Practical Philosophy is concerned with human action in the widest sense, for example with the question of the good and the just, with how political institutions may be justified, or what is the responsibility of groups or communities as a whole.

The History of Philosophy focuses on the genesis of philosophical problems and with the linguistic and historical premises that enter into each theory formation. What is more, the analysis and interpretation of the philosophy from Plato and the Pre-Socratics to Descartes and Kant up to the present provides a rich and nuanced vocabulary for a differentiated description of most phenomena and issues.

In concrete terms, philosophy is studied in lectures, seminars and exercises. Lectures provide a broad an encompassing overview of different systematic fields and debate, research areas, or historical epochs. Seminars offer room for critical and constructive discussions. They are dedicated to specific texts or topics to be analysed and interpreted in detail over the course of a semester. Exercises serve as a training in basic skills, such as academic reading and writing or argumentation, in small groups.

Programme objectives/Career prospects

Like most university programmes, a philosophy degree is not an immediate job qualification. However, the bachelor programme in philosophy provides students with a broad range of methodological, analytical and linguistic skills and competences. The ability to quickly identify problems, to grasp complex situations and to present solutions in a rhetorically convincing and linguistically differentiated way, is highly appreciated in different sectors and branches. Philosophers are especially characterized by their capacity to think through complex and unclear situations with logical rigour as well as to develop alternative approaches to particular problems. Such cross-professional skills qualify philosophy graduates especially for managerial functions in the following sectors:

  • Non-University Education, esp. Adult Education
  • Science Management and Science Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Consulting und Coaching
  • Management and Support of Cultural Institutions and Media Houses
  • Consulting and Management of Associations, Societies and Foundations
  • Politics and Policy Counselling
  • Marketing and Journalism
Programme start:
Winter semester
Programme duration:
6 semesters
Language of instruction:
German
Application procedure:
Local admission restrictions - HHU
Closing date for enrolment:
01/08/2021 - 01/10/2021
Closing date for re-registration:
01/07/2021 - 15/08/2021
Relevant documents:

Examination regulations

Module guide

Both available in German only.

Study programme contact:

Dr. Dennis Sölch

Room: 23.31.U1.70

Phone: +49 211 81-14240

 

Study programme/Department
SSC contact:

Student Services Center (SSC)
Building: 21.02 / SSC
Phone +49 211 81‐12345

 

For questions regarding the course of studies and for examination issues:

Student and Examination Administration
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