BA (Hons) Philosophy & Politics
Welcome to the University of Manchester and to the
BA (Hons) Philosophy & Politics degree.
We hope your time at University will prove to be enjoyable and interesting as
well as intellectually rewarding.
The first few days at University are a daunting experience. Everything is new
and strange. We hope that this guide will help you to “find your way about”
during Welcome Week.
Please read this before coming to Manchester, bring it with you and carry
it around with you for reference for the first week or so.
Important information to note within this booklet.
Before you come to the University you will be expected to complete your
registration and pay your fees online. See pages 3-4.
You will register for your first year courses at the University during
Welcome Week. See pages 5-7 for more information.
The first meeting you have is on Monday 20th September (see page 2
for full timetable).
Undergraduate Admissions Office
School of Social Sciences
G.002 Arthur Lewis Building
University of Manchester
Tel: 00 44 161 275 4470/1473/2291/4748
Fax: 00 44 (0)161 275 4751
WELCOME FROM THE HEAD OF PHILOSOPHY
Yet more information for you to digest, but I do hope that you will find it particularly useful, for I am
anxious to ensure that all students know to whom they may turn for help, and who is responsible for
You will be allocated an Academic Advisor. This will be an academic member of staff from within the
discipline area to whom you may go with any issues related to your studies which you don’t think it
relevant or appropriate to consult a Course Convenor or Programme Director about. You may also
approach your Academic Advisor about personal issues which may be affecting your studies. Tutors
can either provide help with any such issues or refer students on to more specialist sources of
If there are any problems you do not feel you can discuss with your Academic Advisor, but would like
raised, you can speak to Caroline Harmer or Joseph Barrett (Philosophy Administrators) in the
Undergraduate Office (Room G.001, Arthur Lewis Building), who can arrange an appointment for you
to see me.
In addition, you may be asked to see your Academic Advisor because they hear of problems from
Course Convenors. Failure to attend classes is the most common reason for asking to see students.
You have not entered a correspondence course, and it is as important for you to be present at
tutorials as it is for your tutors. We have found that non-attendance is almost always a symptom of
some other problem which they may be able to help solve. If you know you are going to miss a class
because of illness or another unavoidable reason, please let your Course Convenor or the
Philosophy Administrators know. Otherwise you are making unnecessary work for the already
overburdened Office staff, whose job is to keep track of you all, and to report any apparently lost
Other Sources of Advice and Guidance
Adjusting to life at University can be difficult due to a variety of reasons including problems making
friends, or a discovery that you have chosen courses which are wrong for you. We want you to be
aware that there are many ways to obtain advice, both within the Discipline Area and outside.
Further, we want you to make use of the facilities whenever you feel a need to talk to someone about
problems you are having.
We hope you will settle in easily to life at University. If you don't, make sure that you see someone
quickly: please do not wait for problems to get to the point where they affect your academic and
personal well-being. Your time at University should be happy, challenging and fulfilling. We offer our
best wishes that it will be so and our help in making it so.
Prof. Julian Dodd
IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU CHECK YOUR UNIVERSITY EMAIL ACCOUNT
REGULARLY AS THIS IS THE MAIN WAY WE WILL CONTACT YOU.
WELCOME WEEK TIMETABLE
MONDAY 20 SEPTEMBER
Welcome Meeting for BA Hons Philosophy & Zochonis Theatre B (G.7)
Politics First Years (Campus map ref. 60)
3.30-4.30pm Campus Tour with the ‘Philosophy Family’ Around campus
Jabez Clegg Function Room
4.30pm Food, drink and pub quiz
TUESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
11.30am Introductory Forum for Social Science students
Speakers - Representatives from Lecture Theatre B
Student Union University Place
Student Health Service (Campus map ref. 37)
Student Counselling Service
Virtual Library Tour, with Dr Hector Blackhurst
WEDNESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER
Introductory Meetings for First Year Options in Lecture Theatre B, University Place
An overview of the course units available to you in your first year by members of academic staff from each subject
area. You can attend the Politics session to find out more about your compulsory Politics courses and the
Philosophy session to find help you to decide which courses you would like to take.
Time Subject areas
Course Unit Registration
PG Computer Clusters
1 – 3 pm Course unit registration Arthur Lewis Building
(Campus map ref. 36)
THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
Meet your Academic Advisor
You will have a meeting with your Academic Advisor. You will be told the time and location in the Welcome
Meeting on Monday 20 .
FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER
You are free to use today to settle in to Manchester! You may wish to get a feel for the university by visiting the
Students Union. Take a look at their website: http://www.umsu.manchester.ac.uk/welcome_week
REGISTRATION PROCEDURE 2010
Registration is in five stages: (see enclosed Crucial Guide for details)
1. Confirm your attendance online
2. Complete your IT sign up
3. Register online
4. Collection of Student Card
5. Course unit selection
1. Confirm attendance online
The Crucial Guide (enclosed) contains guidance on how to confirm your attendance online at
2. Complete your IT sign up
The Crucial Guide (enclosed) contains details on how you can sign up for IT facilities before you
arrive in Manchester. Otherwise you can sign up at any University PC cluster. The main clusters are
Venue Location Cluster Room Opening Hours
Owens Park Fallowfield 1st Floor, Main Sunday-Friday open constantly
Entrance (except 8am-9am)
Joule Library Sackville Street Floor E 9am-5pm
(campus map ref. 1) Main Building
Barnes Wallis Building Sackville Street site 2nd Floor 8.45am-6.30pm
(campus map ref. 9)
George Kenyon Hall
(behind University Oxford Road Site Residential Block Monday-Friday
Place) 9.15am-5pm without a student
(campus map ref. 93) card during Welcome Week *
* Once you have completed registration and obtained your student card, this cluster will be available 24/7.
3. Register online
Online registration will be available from 1 September 2010 (see the Crucial Guide for details). If you
cannot pay your fees online or by the telephone helpline, you will be able to do so in person
from 17 – 30 September in the Whitworth Hall (campus map ref. 50)
10.30-4.30pm (18/19 September – weekend)
+44 (0)161 306 5544
Open from 1 – 30 September 2010.
4. Collect your Student Card
Your Student Card is your University membership and library card. You cannot collect your
Student Card until after you have completed registration. If you are an international student
you must bring a copy of your passport and Identity Card Foreign Nationals (ICNF), if issued.
Student Card collection venues are as follows:
Venue Date Time
16-24 September 10.30am-4.30pm
(Campus Map ref 8)
Dalton Ellis Hall 16-20 September 10.30am-4.30pm
Owens Park 16-21 September 10.30am-4.30pm
Precinct Shopping Centre (Unit 1A)
1-30 September 10.30am-4.30pm
(Campus Map ref 30)
5. Course Unit Selection – To be completed on campus
Provisionally choose the course units you wish to take – it’s a good idea to think about this before
You should enter your course units and choose tutorial groups on the on-line student system. You
will also be able to view your weekly timetable.
There will be a drop-in session on Wednesday 22nd September that you can come along to for help
with online course selection. It will be in the Postgraduate Suite (Arthur Lewis Building, ground floor)
THE BA (HONS) PHILOSOPHY & POLITICS PROGRAMME
The Philosophy and Politics (Phil/Pol) degree course recognises that moral philosophy and political
theory provide a point of intersection between the cognate disciplines of philosophy and political
While maintaining a balance between philosophy and politics, the programme permits those second
and third year students who wish to do so to weight their work more towards one side of the degree,
whilst developing an understanding of both. In the final two years, you may maintain a perfect
balance between philosophy and politics, or may elect to concentrate two-thirds of your work in one
discipline and one-third in the other. There is no choice in the first year, a significant choice in the
second year, and even greater choice in the third. For the first two years, you take course units
covering both normative political theory and the empirical study of politics. On the philosophy side,
you take credits in analytic philosophy for all three years.
Honours Degree of BA in Philosophy & Politics
All candidates must take a First Examination in course units totalling 120 credits as follows:
Code Title Units Pre/Co-requisites Notes
80 units of compulsory courses:
POLI10200 Introduction to Comparative Politics 20
POLI10601 Introduction to International Politics 20
POLI10702 Introduction to Political Theory 20
PHIL10041 Critical Thinking 20
and 20 units of courses from the following:
PHIL10021 Introduction to Philosophy: Values and Morality 20
or PHIL10631 Mind & Language 20
and 20 units of courses from the following:
PHIL10052 Introduction to Logic 20 P: PHIL10041
or PHIL10622 Introduction to Philosophy; Knowledge & Reality 20
You will automatically be enrolled on to your compulsory courses but you will need to select tutorials
for these courses.
You will need to choose either PHIL10021 or PHIL10631 AND either PHIL10052 or PHIL10622
Come along to the session on Wednesday 22nd September (12-2pm in the Postgraduate Clusters,
Arthur Lewis Building) for help with online course unit selection.
PHIL10021 Introduction to Philosophy: Values & Morality
This course unit provides an introduction to some central ethical themes. We will begin by looking at
some theoretical and conceptual foundations of ethical discussion, such as virtue, duty, and
consequentialism. These concepts and theories will then be employed in a discussion of issues of
practical moral concern, such as abortion, environmental sustainability and animal welfare.
PHIL10041 Critical Thinking
This course focuses on the nature, purpose, and evaluation of arguments. You will learn what
arguments are and what they are for; also how to identify an argument in conversation or text, to
identify and understand its structure, and to evaluate it. You will learn to distinguish between good
and bad arguments, and to articulate what features of an argument make it good or bad, better or
You will also be introduced to some basic concepts that form the backbone of any academic
discipline, such as: truth and falsity, rational and irrational beliefs, theory, method, proof and
PHIL10052 Introduction to Logic
This course builds on the informal techniques for argument reconstruction and evaluation developed
in PHIL10041 Critical Thinking in Semester 1. Students learn to 'formalise' arguments - to represent
their structure in a way that abstracts from their content uncovers their logical form. They then learn
formal proof procedures for formalised arguments, in order to enhance their understanding of the
difference between valid and invalid inferences, and to enable them to identify and use valid rather
than invalid inferences in their academic work and in everyday life.
PHIL10622 Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge & Reality
This course is an introduction to some central themes in metaphysics (the ultimate nature of reality)
and epistemology (our knowledge of reality). Metaphysical topics covered will include: arguments for
the existence of God, the nature of space and time, time travel, possibility and necessity, and
fatalism. Epistemological topics will include: perception, a priori knowledge, the problem of induction,
the analysis of knowledge, and scepticism. Core readings for the course will be drawn from both
historical and contemporary sources.
PHIL10631 Mind & Language
The philosophy of mind and philosophy of language are central areas of contemporary analytical
philosophy. This course unit serves as an introduction to some important and fascinating issues in
these areas. Students will examine extracts from classic texts drawn from historical and
Needless to say, the mind-body problem looms large: just what is the relation between the mental
and the physical? The course will begin with a study of Descartes’ answer to this question: the claim
that the mind is an immaterial substance distinct from the body and that can survive the death of the
body. This answer will be contrasted with physicalist theories which, in their various guises, seek to
identify mental events, states or properties with physical events, states or properties. Later in the
course we shall look at the currently hot topic of consciousness; animal minds; the nature of thought;
and of linguistic meaning and understanding. This course unit serves as an excellent introduction to
more advanced topics covered in Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Language.
POLI10200 Introduction to Comparative Politics
This course introduces students to the study of comparative politics and government by introducing
key concepts such as ‘power’, ‘authority’, ‘democracy’, and ‘the state’; examining leading models of
political science; comparing the politics of the United Kingdom and the United States of America; and
studying economic and political reform in contemporary China. The course compares the politics of
the UK and US since these two countries represent clear examples of relatively stable pluralist
political systems within the context of a capitalist economy. In contrast, reform in China provides an
example of an authoritarian regime attempting to modernise economically while minimizing
democratic reforms. This module enables students to understand the features of different political
systems and to ask who governs, how do they govern, and what does government do?
POLI10702 Introduction to Political Theory
The course is designed to introduce and study a range of concepts that are central to politics, and to
outline the application of these concepts to a range of political issues. The course will also introduce
students to a range of major authors in the western tradition of political thought.
A number of key themes of modern political theory will be explored: Why do some persons have the
right to rule over others? Why should citizens obey the law? How far is government compatible with
the liberty of the individual? What makes for a just law? What rights do individuals have against the
state? In the language of political theory these are questions about power, authority, legitimacy, rights,
duties, liberty, justice, freedom and equality.
POLI10601 Introduction to International Politics
This course provides an introduction to international politics in the context of the ending of the Cold War
and the intensification of economic exchange between market economies on a global scale
(‘globalisation’). It introduces students to leading approaches to International Relations, providing a
coherent framework within which to examine the main issues in contemporary world politics.
Where to get help and advice:
Your main contacts for any queries relating to Philosophy are:
Caroline Harmer (firstname.lastname@example.org) 0161 275 7129 and Joseph Barrett
(email@example.com) 0161 275 3204.
Student Support Officer
Paul Smith is the Student Support officer for the School of Social Sciences. He can be contacted by
email and through the Undergraduate Office in the Arthur Lewis Building (G.001).
firstname.lastname@example.org 0161 275 4746
The Central Academic Advisory Service (CAAS) is a confidential service offering consultation and
information for students who wish to discuss any matters relating to their academic work or that may
be affecting their academic progress.
Their offices are located at the Student Advice and Information Hub on the first floor of University
Place and students are welcome to call in or phone to make an appointment.
Tel: 0161 275 3033
Student Services Centre
Students experiencing difficulties with payment of their tuition fees or any other problems should
discuss the matter with the Student Services Centre, Burlington Street.
The Student Services Centre issues a number of official documents for students on request (e.g.
confirmation of attendance, confirmation of awards, academic transcripts and Council Tax
certificates). The office can also give students information about University policies and procedures
(including appeals, complaints, harassment, conduct and discipline).
Tel: 0161 275 5000
The International Students’ Welfare officer, based in the John Owens Building, is available at all times
to provide help, guidance and information to students from overseas. Students should phone first to
make an appointment.
Telephone: 0161 275 8553
The Student Health Service in Waterloo Place offers an emergency and occupational health service
to students. It is not however a general practice and all students should register with a local GP.
Opening hours: Monday- Friday 9.00 am – 1.00 pm. 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm.
Telephone: 0161 275 2858.
Also see: http://www.studentnet.manchester.ac.uk/crucial-guide/personal-life/health/
Disability Support Office
The staff in the DSO are available to assist students with additional support needs arising from
An ‘unseen’ medical condition
A physical or sensory disability
A specific learning difference e.g. dyslexia / dyspraxia etc.
Mental health difficulties
They arrange screening appointments for students who suspect that they might be dyslexic; advise
about the help and support available in the University and assist with applications for funding for
Tel: 0161 275 8515
We also have a Disability Coordinator within the School of Social Sciences, Huw Peters, who will
work with the Disability Support Office to ensure that you receive the correct recommended support
from teaching staff. Huw is based in the Undergraduate Office, in the Arthur Lewis building.
Tel: 0161 275 4868
Students Union Advice Centre
The Centre can help with a wide variety of problems from dealing with landlords to late loans. It also
provides legal advice for students through appointments system with a part-time legal adviser. The
centre personnel includes the Academic Affairs Officer, the Welfare Officer, and two full-time
members of staff. The overseas and Postgraduate and Mature Students Officers can also be
contacted through the Centre.
Tel: 0161 275 2989
For students with children, there are two specially developed centres dedicated to the care of children
between 6 months and 5 years of age. These facilities are available to all students with children and
all carers are fully trained to the standard required by OFSTED. Due to the high demand for places it
is sometimes necessary to operate a waiting list for certain age groups.
Tel: 0161 275 3033