A Level Philosophy

What topics are covered by the course?

Unit 1: An introduction to philosophy 1

Part 1: Reason and experience
Introduction to epistemology
Empiricism
Rationalism
Conceptual schemes

Part 2: Personhood
What is a person?
Characteristics of personhood
The mind/body and concept of a person as logically primitive
Can animals be persons?
Can machines be persons?
Personal identity through time

Part 3: Why should I be governed?
The state of nature
Political obligation and consent
Disobedience and dissent

Unit 2: An introduction to philosophy 2

Part 4: Knowledge of the external world
Direct realism
Representative realism
Idealism

Part 5: The value of art
What is art?
Art that informs us
Art as expression
Art as form

Unit 3: Key themes in philosophy

Part 1: Political philosophy
The state
Liberty
Rights
Justice
The nation state
The law

Part 2: Moral philosophy
Introduction to ethics
Meta-ethics: moral realism or cognitivism
Moral anti-realism
Moral decisions
Deontology: Kant and Christian ethics
Virtue ethics
Practical ethics

Unit 4: Philosophical problems: Mill
Introduction to Mill's On Liberty
Introductory chapter
Freedom of thought and expression
Individuality and well-being
The limits to social authority
The practical applications of liberty and the harm principle

Who should attend?

No formal qualifications are required for studying this course, but essay-writing skills are essential.

What will I be able to do on completion?

This course leads to a recognised qualification and follows specifications 2170 (A level), 1171 (AS) and 2171 (A2) from the awarding organisation AQA. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from AQA's website.

How will I be assessed?

Four exams: 2hrs (30% of marks), 1hr30m (25% of marks), 1hr30m (25% of marks) and 1hr30m (20% of marks)
Six AS assignments, five A2 assignments
No coursework

Guide Price: 595.00

Delivery: Distance
Category: Philosophy »
Duration: Between 250 and 300 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.
Qualification: A Level

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