The UCL Faculty of Philosophy is mindful of providing its students with a compact programme which will enable them, when it is finished, to take up the challenge of being a responsible citizen and actor in their own right within today’s society.
In order to achieve that aim, students will have the following main virtues:
- the ability to examine transforming movements in modern society by applying critical thought to the phenomena embodying them;
- the ability to employ the history of thought in the area to better integrate the pioneers of contemporary society into the continuity of human experience;
- the ability to assist social actors by calling for responsibility as regards the long term issues arising from these movements;
- demonstration of the ability to adapt as well as a plan for continuing development through their capacity to cast a critical and constructive eye over their own actions;
Generally, at the end of the master, students will have acquired a cultivated critical mind-set, and the ability to perform objective analyses and synopses which put the factors which must be considered when approaching a question into perspective. These qualities will be cultivated through exercises in critical thinking and the reading of philosophical texts, and the disciplinary diversity of the subjects taught will engender the “analytical distance” which is typical of philosophy students and very much valued in the job market by different professions (diplomacy, journalism, human resource management, education, etc.).
Holders of a Master in Philosophy will be able to function as responsible, professional actors within society who are both collaborative and creative thanks to a spirit of tolerance, dialogue and the capacity to see the big picture, open-mindedness and sensitivity to various disciplines which characterise their training.
On successful completion of this programme, each student is able to :
1.2 Interpret and develop the links between different philosophical approaches and with other disciplines (science, history of art, sociology, ...).
1.3 Make methodological choices taking the chosen philosophical approach into question.
1.4 Form a specialisation within one of the domains of philosophy.
2.2 Formulate a question in such a way that it can be answered rationally.
2.3 Identify and assess the available responses.
2.4 Take an educated and critical position in relation to the question.
3.2 Carry out a critical review of the literature on this question, making effective, critical and appropriate use of IT and primary and secondary philosophical sources.
3.3 Implement rigorous methodological analysis approach relevant to the question.
3.4 Challenge and defend the philosophical theories which arise from that question.
3.5 Demonstrate an objective analysis and ability to summarize which allow the factors at play to be put into perspective and appropriate conclusions to be drawn.
4.2 Use their philosophical knowledge to analyse and discuss these societal questions and construct a point of view based upon a philosophical approach.
4.3 In so doing, be mindful of the consistency of the problematizations and resulting responses in view of the angle from which the question is analysed.
4.4 Assert the relevance of their philosophy-based point of view and contribute to the development of responses which are relevant and based upon the point of view of a citizen.
5.2 Communicate, orally and in writing, original scientific results to specialists in the field of research concerned and discuss them critically.
5.3 Converse respectfully and constructively with various counterparts, demonstrating an ability to listen, open-mindedness and tolerance.
5.4 Contribute constructively to public debate (for example, in the media): recognise and take into consideration different points of view and ways of thinking, bring their own philosophy-based point of view to the debate and participate constructively in order to develop solutions from the citizen’s point of view.
6.2 Independently and responsibly, within a framework, engage in and make decisions upon the context of the work and others.
6.3 Cast a critical eye over their own knowledge and competencies and independently put in place methods and opportunities to improve them as part of system of continuing development which is indispensable in order to progress in a positive way in their social and professional environment.