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Philosophy and Psychological Studies (Q43)

Open University

UCAS Code: Not applicable | Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Distance learning | 2022

Subjects

Psychology

Philosophy

Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about ourselves and our place in the social and physical universe. In this degree you'll investigate a range of philosophical debates about ethics, justice, scientific knowledge, religion, art, and the self. You'll cover the core approaches in social, cognitive and developmental psychology, and some applied aspects of professional practice. You’ll learn to read and understand scientific and philosophical texts; use different research methods; communicate clearly and logically; and work and think independently.

**Key features of the course**

- Investigate profound questions about human minds and behaviour from two complementary perspectives.

- Engage with current research and discover how both psychologists and philosophers address pressing, real-life issues.

- Learn how to evaluate evidence, construct well-informed arguments and present your conclusions convincingly.

- Develop valuable transferable skills that are highly prized in the workplace, including skills in communication, problem-solving, numeracy and self-management.

Modules

This degree has three stages, each comprising two modules.

At Stage 1 you’ll study two compulsory modules that will introduce you to arts and humanities and the study of psychology.
You’ll develop essential study skills while engaging with a wide range of topics in the arts and humanities before you are introduced to some of the key topics in psychology. Together, these subject areas provide sound preparation for your Stage 2 philosophy and psychology modules.

Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study two further compulsory modules, one in each of philosophy and psychology.
You’ll investigate the diverging ideas of philosophers past and present in areas such as the self, ethics, the philosophy of religion, knowledge and science, the mind, and political philosophy. You’ll also explore a broad range of psychological approaches to areas such as identity, language and meaning, personality and the social world – while exploring contemporary psychology and its historical roots.

Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll study one compulsory philosophy module and choose from two psychology options.
You’ll complete your study of philosophy by exploring questions about the value of fiction, the ethics of war, life and death, knowledge and reason. In psychology, you can choose between focusing on social psychology, exploring issues such as gender, multiculturalism, global conflicts and work; or exploring the relationship between counselling and forensic psychology.

The Uni


Course location:

Distance Learning

Department:

The Open University

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

86%
high
Psychology
89%
high
Philosophy

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Philosophy

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Psychology

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Philosophy and religious studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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