Politics and Philosophy

Politics and Philosophy will inspire you to examine critical ideas, ask thought-provoking questions and consider all of the possible answers, teaching you to think rigorously, debate, and defend your views. You will discuss challenging political issues from national and international perspectives, and reflect on a range of stimulating philosophical topics. Interested in exploring the way the world works and the meaning of life itself? This subject activity strand may be for you!

Dates

5 x 3 hour sessions, plus a one-night residential and one field trip, to be held on weekdays between January and October, both in and out of term time.

 DayDateTimeLocation
Session 1 Wednesday 30th January 2019 13:00–16:00 Streatham campus
Session 2 Wednesday 27th February 2019 13:00–16:00 Streatham campus
Session 3 Wednesday 20th March 2019 13:00–16:00 Streatham campus
Session 4 Wednesday 3rd April 2019 13:00–16:00 Streatham campus
Session 5 & 6 Two-Day Residential in Penryn
Thursday–Friday 4th–5th July 2019 13:30 (Thursday 4th)
–15:00 (Friday 5th)
Penryn campus
Session 7 Thursday 19th September 2019 TBC Field Trip
Session 8 Wednesday 16th October 2019 13:00–16:00 Streatham campus

Activity Locations

All subject activity sessions will take place on the University of Exeter Streatham campus, with the exception of the Penryn residential (Penryn campus) and the field trip.

Meeting point: Streatham campus main reception

Subject Activity Strand Content

This dynamic programme combines the study of Politics and International Relations with the study of Philosophy. In today’s environment of rapid global, technological and cultural transformations, and current social and moral debate, Politics and Philosophy are some of the most relevant and exciting programmes of study. In Politics, you will explore and debate challenging topics such as violence and terrorism, gender and sexuality, media and law, secrecy and deception, examining political issues from a national and international perspective. For Philosophy, you are invited to take a stimulating intellectual journey into the philosophical world. Philosophy encourages you to think and ask questions about the nature of knowledge, science, reality, ethics, art and beauty, the mind-body relationship, the meaning of life, and more.

The sessions will comprise a mix of interactive activities run by researchers across departments and opportunities to interact with current students, in addition to meeting professionals in the field that have put their degrees into practice. Along the way, you will be supported by key members of staff and student ambassadors who will offer guidance on applying to university and will be available to discuss any practical concerns you may have. This strand will include an exciting field trip to the Houses of Parliament as well as providing a unique opportunity to experience life as a university student on-campus by attending a one-night residential in the summer. You will stay overnight in university halls of residence, take part in social activities, and explore a variety of topics across the Social Sciences, with a focus on politics, international relations, and law (another popular social science subject).

Politics and Philosophy will inspire you to explore critical ideas, ask thought-provoking questions, and consider all of the possible answers, teaching you to think rigorously, debate, and defend your views. Both subjects complement each other, and, if you have an interest in exploring the way the world works and the meaning of life itself, this course may be for you!

 

This subject activity strand has contributions from the following departments:

  • Department of Politics and International Relations
  • Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology
  • Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Department of Law

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this subject activity strand. 

Pass Criteria

A minimum of 6 out of the 8 subject activity sessions must be attended, in addition to the Exeter Scholars Student Conference.