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Introduction to Philosophy

An introduction to Western Philosophy from Ancient Greece to the present day, this beginners course examines some of the most important issues in thinking about and understanding our world and includes profiles of some of the great philosophers.


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What topics are covered?

How we know things; what is real; right and wrong; personal identity; political and religious thinking; logic and reasoning; classical philosophy: Socrates and Plato / Descartes: ‘I think, therefore I am’; twentieth-century philosophy: Wittgenstein and Foucault; philosophy today.

What are the entry requirements?

No previous knowledge is required to enrol on the Introduction to Philosophy course.

How will I learn?

A mixture of discussion, group activity, lecture, question and answer and practical exercises.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Sport, Leisure & Care

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Notepad and pen, all other materials will be provided.

What else do I need to know?

When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

Click here to access our Covid-19 FAQ - https://www.bathcollege.ac.uk/news/84413

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

3 reviews for Introduction to Philosophy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Excellent course, good content, variety of tools used. Very engaging lecturer with lots of interaction.

  2. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Hugely informative and interesting. Mike is a wonderful lecturer. I’ve enjoyed learning and challenging myself. There needs to be a follow on from this introductory course.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Really enjoyable, not sure about the start date !!!
    The teacher was excellent, I must enrol again which I propose to do in the very near future.

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