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Arts - Philosophy - Conversion Course

The one-year Higher Diploma in Philosophy gives you a rare chance to study western as well as eastern philosophy. You will study different philosophical concepts and theories, from issues of mind and consciousness, action and politics, ethics and aesthetics, to society and culture, globalism, and power and territory.

The course begins in September and gives students from all disciplines an opportunity for intensive study in both eastern and western philosophy. Students select 12 modules (60 credits) from year 2 and 3 undergraduate options.

The modules are designed to introduce philosophical questions, theories, and texts in a particular area. They typically involve set readings and writing assignments. It is generally expected that you will have an interest in reading and writing philosophical texts, but specialised knowledge of philosophical concepts or approaches is not presupposed.

Unique Aspects of the Course
UCC Philosophy is the only department in Ireland (and one of the only departments in Europe) offering the opportunity to study in three distinct philosophical traditions: Asian Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, and Analytic Philosophy. This course allows you to acquire a unique comparative philosophical education. Our staff have a distinctive international profile, with members from Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy and the USA. Together, we bring multiple perspectives to bear on our shared philosophical concerns, and we create a diverse and energetic environment within which to conduct philosophical research.

Entry requirements

It is intended for those who already have a degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences

The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and applicants would not normally have studied the relevant subject to Honours Degree level previously.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view course webpage links to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

Full-time 1 year
Part-time 2 years by day
CKA21 Full-time; CKA31 Part-time

This is a one-year, full-time or two-year, part-time taught programme. During the two teaching periods (September to March) you will take twelve taught modules (5 credits, 2 hours each of weekly lectures).

Number of credits

Higher Diploma 60 ECTS credits

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
Throughout the course, we emphasise that philosophy is not just something that you learn about, rather, it is also something that you do. To this end, we offer a number of courses that enable students to develop philosophical skills of their own, and we aim to foster the skills of analysis, creativity and discovery, as well as developing an in-depth understanding of non-European thought and culture.

On this course you will develop the following skills:
• critical thinking
• inter-cultural competence
• professional writing
• construction and evaluation of arguments
• communication
• information management
• design and planning
• research and investigation.

Employers in diverse fields value the skills of analysis, creativity and discovery that we aim to foster, and so, a degree in philosophy can be the starting point for many different career paths.

Further enquiries

Dr. Alessandro Salice
Graduate Studies Director
E: alessandro.salice@ucc.ie
T: + 353 (0)21 490 3871

Colette Connolly
E: c.connolly@ucc.ie
P: + 353 21 490 2588

Subjects taught

In your modules you will study and discuss philosophy and become familiar with relevant concepts and authors. The course will develop your knowledge of the history of philosophy and ideas, improve your writing and critical reading skills, and hone your ability to understand and summarise arguments effectively.

Please see the College Book of Modules for information and descriptions of modules for the current academic year.
http://www.ucc.ie/modules/descriptions/page056.html

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Who Teaches This Course

Professor Graham Parkes: Comparative Philosophy (French, German, Chinese, Japanese), Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy of Art

Dr Vittorio Bufacchi: Political Philosophy (especially Social Justice) Moral Theory, Social Contract Theories, Liberalism and Socialism

Dr Julia Jansen: Kant, Phenomenology, Aesthetics, Consciousness Studies

Dr Hans-Georg Moeller:Chinese Philosophy, East-West Comparative Philosophy, Systems Theory, Theory of Society

Dr Cara Nine: Normative Ethics, International Justice, Political Philosophy, Applied Ethics

Dr Lilian O’Brien: Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Epistemology

Dr Joel Walmsley: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Science

Assessment method

For each seminar class, you must prepare the set readings and complete the required coursework. Modules are typically assessed by written essays and end-of-year or in-class exams. The assessment of many modules also includes attendance and/or participation segments.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €6,000 full-time; €3,000 per year part-time

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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