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Elective modules

Philosophy students wishing to take an elective module should first check the rules of their programme to see if they are allowed to take electives in other departments.  They should then consult the University's Electives page to see who they should contact about elective modules available in other departments, complete the first two parts of the Elective Module Form (MS Word , 23kb), before emailing it to carol.dixon@york.ac.uk.

Philosophy Elective Modules Running in 2021/22:

In principle, any student from any department may enquire about taking a Philosophy module as an elective, unless there are prerequisites which they have not satisfied. However, the Philosophy Department particularly recommends the following modules as electives:

First Year

All mainstream first-year modules are recommended to students from all departments as electives:

Reason and Argument A (20 credits)

Reason and Argument B (10 credits)

Early Modern Philosophy A (20 credits)

Early Modern Philosophy B (10 credits)

Ethics (20 credits)

Knowledge and Perception (20 credits)

Ancient Philosophy (10 credits)

Introduction to Metaphysics (10 credits)

Second Year

Applied Ethics (20 credits) or Applied Ethics (short) (10 credits) is recommended as an elective to students from any department. Note that only one seminar group will be available for elective students on this module, and so a student can only take this module if their timetable can accommodate this seminar group.

Feminist Philosophy (20 credits) or Feminist Philosophy(short) (10 credits) is recommended as an elective to students from any department.

Intermediate Logic (20 credits) or Intermediate Logic (short) (10 credits) is recommended as an elective to students who either have an A-Level in Mathematics, or who are from any of the following departments: Mathematics; any Natural Science; Computer Science; Cognitive Science; Engineering; Economics. Note that students who have not taken Reason & Argument are advised to complete the Philosophy MOOC on Logic in the Summer before the start of 'Intermediate Logic'.

Philosophy of Science (20 credits) or Philosophy of Science (short) (10 credits) is recommended as an elective to students from any of the following departments: any Natural Science; Cognitive Science; Mathematics.

Lived Experiences: An introduction to Phenomenology (20 credits) is recommended as an elective to students from any department.

Third Year

Happiness, Utility and Well-Being (20 credits) is recommended as an elective to students from any of the following departments: Psychology; Sociology; Economics; Politics.

Philosophy of Grief (20 credits) is recommended as an elective to students from any department.

Theories of Social Justice (20 credits) is recommended as an elective to students from any department.

From Marx to Critical Theory (20 credits) is recommended as an elective to students from Politics.

Philosophy of Physics (20 credits) is recommended as an elective to students from Physics.

Philosophy of Psychology (20 credits) is recommended as an elective to students from Psychology.

Cognitive Anomalies, Decision-making, and Democracy (20 credits) is recommended as an elective to students from any department.

Please note, places on these modules are subject to a maximum enrolment number.

MA (Masters)

Advanced Topics in Political Philosophy (20 credits) is recommended as an elective to students from Law, and Politics.

The Arts and the Mind is recommended as an elective to students from any department.

Non-Classical Logic is recommended as an elective to students who either have some prior training in formal logic, or who are from the following departments: Computer Science, Language and Linguistic Science, Mathematics, Physics.
 
Responsibility for Consequences is recommended as an elective to students from Law and Politics.
 
Social Justice and Political Economy is recommended as an elective to students from Law and Politics.
 
The Phenomenon of Loneliness is recommended as an elective to students from any department.
 
Please note, the availability of each MA option module is subject to both a minimum  and a maximum enrolment number.
 

If you would like to take an elective module in philosophy, please complete the first two parts of an Elective Module Form (MS Word , 23kb) and email it to carol.dixon@york.ac.uk. You are advised to sign up for the full number of option credits in your own department(s) initially as places on elective modules will only be confirmed fully once the timetable is released. This is to ensure that students are not signed up for electives which clash with their main timetable.