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Philosophy

Bachelor

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Those interested in philosophising are prompted mainly by the desire to subject what is apparently matter-of-fact to a critical elucidation. Possibly, it is for this reason that philosophers are often regarded as that group of academics who dedicate themselves to seizing upon typical children's questions and subjecting these to analysis and differentiation by means of academic standards: What precisely does justice mean? Why should we think and behave in a moral manner? What distinguishes faith from knowledge? How are linguistic meanings derived? Wh... more » more »


Basic data

Title on graduation

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Standard course length

6 Semester

ECTS-Credits

specialty
120CP
complementary subject
60CP

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Other languages of delivery

German

Admission requirements

General qualification for university entrance or specific higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur, Einstufungsprüfung).

More information at Application and enrolment

Enrolment for new students

Enrolment for advanced students

for winter and for summer semester

without restriction

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

15.07. resp. 15.01.

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

Those interested in philosophising are prompted mainly by the desire to subject what is apparently matter-of-fact to a critical elucidation. Possibly, it is for this reason that philosophers are often regarded as that group of academics who dedicate themselves to seizing upon typical children's questions and subjecting these to analysis and differentiation by means of academic standards: What precisely does justice mean? Why should we think and behave in a moral manner? What distinguishes faith from knowledge? How are linguistic meanings derived? What are the characteristics of academic theory? Philosophical inquiry is often of such a fundamental nature that there is no room for it in other disciplines. Philosophical issues are those which cannot be solved either by formal methods alone (“calculating“), nor solely by means of empirical examination ("experiments"). The central method of philosophy is therefore the critical, exact examination of arguments.

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

Career opportunities exist in political consulting, as well as policy consulting in enterprises, trade associations, international organisations in administrative positions in the academic world, and in the media and publishing sectors.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admittance to a Master’s Program

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Subject combinations non-school career fields

In principle, first-year students are able to study any combination of main or subsidiary subjects offered by the University of Bremen.

The field has no special recommendations regarding suitable combinations with the main subject.

Information on possible overlaps within the following subjects.

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

It makes sense to distinguish between three main areas of philosophy:
• The core area of theoretical philosophy comprises logic, the philosophy of language, epistemology and the philosophy of science. This area also includes natural philosophy, which inquires into our interpretation of nature and into the philosophical implications of the results produced by the natural sciences. The philosophy of mind investigates the relation between the brain and consciousness, body and soul.
• The field of practical philosophy encompasses above all the general theory of action, moral philosophy and ethics, social philosophy, political philosophy and the philosophy of law. Whereas it is moral philosophy (ethics) which inquires into the criteria surrounding the moral judgement of human action, social philosophy, political philosophy and the philosophy of law are concerned with the foundations of the rules of human coexistence, the principles of justice and the legitimacy of political authority and legally sanctioned institutions.
• The history of philosophy has philosophy itself as its subject: here the objective is to analyse the great breadth of philosophical argumentation over the centuries.

Course schedule

Major fields

It is also possible for students studying on the programme as a subsidiary subject to choose a specialisation: The programme "Philosophy; Morals and Law" offers seminars in the field of ethics, the philosophy of law and social philosophy, as well as applied ethics. By attending these courses students can build a specialisation in practical philosophy and advanced competences in respect of moral, legal and political argumentation. The programme "Philosophy of Science" is concerned with the philosophical reflection of issues, methods and results of science. By attending these courses students can develop a specialisation in the field of theoretical philosophy and advanced competences in respect of scientific argumentation and its philosophical implications.

General studies

General Studies account for 10 - 25% of the study programme. These courses train key competences for subsequent career fields. By building their own individual specialities, students are able to shape and amplify their academic profile.

Practical

A six-week internship is obligatory. Supporting courses and workshops are available, attendence of the evaluation-class (1 session) is obligatory.

Study abroad

Although there is no compulsory requirement for a stay abroad (at one of our partner universities), students are strongly recommended to undertake a stay abroad during their fifth semester. Assistance with the organisation is available on request.

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

High skills in German and English language. Good skills in systematic and analytical thinking.

Admission requirements

General qualification for university entrance or specific higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur, Einstufungsprüfung).

Admission

for new students
for advanced students

without restriction


Applications via

Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 15.07. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 15.07. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

undergraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

specialty + complementary subject

Degree/qualification

Bachelor

Title on graduation

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Standard course length

6 Semester

ECTS-Credits

specialty
120CP
complementary subject
60CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

6 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Other languages of delivery

  • German

Regulations

Examination regulations
Internship regulations

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Departmental counseling

Prof. Dr. Georg Mohr
Building: SFG, Office: 4160
E-Mail: gmohr(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: (0421)218-67810
Prof. Dr. Dagmar Borchers
Building: SFG, Office: 4200
E-Mail: borchers(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: (0421)218-67820
Prof. Dr. Dr. Norman Sieroka
Building: SFG, Office: 4190
E-Mail: sieroka(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 (0)421 218 67830

Studies centre

Studienzentrum FB 9
Building: SFG, Office: SFG 3300
E-Mail: studienzentrumfb9(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: (0421)218-67511

Juliane Schoppe
office hours: Mo 12-14:00 and Thu 10-12:00 (SFG 3300)

Practice office

Wiltrud Hoffmann
Building: SFG, Office: 3090
E-Mail: praxfb9(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: (0421)218-67510

Faculty secretariat

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Borchers
Building: SFG, Office: 4200
E-Mail: borchers(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: (0421)218-67820

Status

09.04.2020
Description of subject

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

Those interested in philosophising are prompted mainly by the desire to subject what is apparently matter-of-fact to a critical elucidation. Possibly, it is for this reason that philosophers are often regarded as that group of academics who dedicate themselves to seizing upon typical children's questions and subjecting these to analysis and differentiation by means of academic standards: What precisely does justice mean? Why should we think and behave in a moral manner? What distinguishes faith from knowledge? How are linguistic meanings derived? What are the characteristics of academic theory? Philosophical inquiry is often of such a fundamental nature that there is no room for it in other disciplines. Philosophical issues are those which cannot be solved either by formal methods alone (“calculating“), nor solely by means of empirical examination ("experiments"). The central method of philosophy is therefore the critical, exact examination of arguments.

Occupational fields and career opportunities

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

Career opportunities exist in political consulting, as well as policy consulting in enterprises, trade associations, international organisations in administrative positions in the academic world, and in the media and publishing sectors.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admittance to a Master’s Program

Objectives and contents of program

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Subject combinations non-school career fields

In principle, first-year students are able to study any combination of main or subsidiary subjects offered by the University of Bremen.

The field has no special recommendations regarding suitable combinations with the main subject.

Information on possible overlaps within the following subjects.

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

It makes sense to distinguish between three main areas of philosophy:
• The core area of theoretical philosophy comprises logic, the philosophy of language, epistemology and the philosophy of science. This area also includes natural philosophy, which inquires into our interpretation of nature and into the philosophical implications of the results produced by the natural sciences. The philosophy of mind investigates the relation between the brain and consciousness, body and soul.
• The field of practical philosophy encompasses above all the general theory of action, moral philosophy and ethics, social philosophy, political philosophy and the philosophy of law. Whereas it is moral philosophy (ethics) which inquires into the criteria surrounding the moral judgement of human action, social philosophy, political philosophy and the philosophy of law are concerned with the foundations of the rules of human coexistence, the principles of justice and the legitimacy of political authority and legally sanctioned institutions.
• The history of philosophy has philosophy itself as its subject: here the objective is to analyse the great breadth of philosophical argumentation over the centuries.

Course schedule

Major fields

It is also possible for students studying on the programme as a subsidiary subject to choose a specialisation: The programme "Philosophy; Morals and Law" offers seminars in the field of ethics, the philosophy of law and social philosophy, as well as applied ethics. By attending these courses students can build a specialisation in practical philosophy and advanced competences in respect of moral, legal and political argumentation. The programme "Philosophy of Science" is concerned with the philosophical reflection of issues, methods and results of science. By attending these courses students can develop a specialisation in the field of theoretical philosophy and advanced competences in respect of scientific argumentation and its philosophical implications.

General studies

General Studies account for 10 - 25% of the study programme. These courses train key competences for subsequent career fields. By building their own individual specialities, students are able to shape and amplify their academic profile.

Practical

A six-week internship is obligatory. Supporting courses and workshops are available, attendence of the evaluation-class (1 session) is obligatory.

Study abroad

Although there is no compulsory requirement for a stay abroad (at one of our partner universities), students are strongly recommended to undertake a stay abroad during their fifth semester. Assistance with the organisation is available on request.

Application and enrolment

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

High skills in German and English language. Good skills in systematic and analytical thinking.

Admission requirements

General qualification for university entrance or specific higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur, Einstufungsprüfung).

Admission

for new students
for advanced students

without restriction


Applications via

Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 15.07. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 15.07. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe
Formalities

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

undergraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

specialty + complementary subject

Degree/qualification

Bachelor

Title on graduation

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Standard course length

6 Semester

ECTS-Credits

specialty
120CP
complementary subject
60CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

6 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Other languages of delivery

  • German

Regulations

Examination regulations
Internship regulations
Research and teaching

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Contact and counselling

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Departmental counseling

Prof. Dr. Georg Mohr
Building: SFG, Office: 4160
E-Mail: gmohr(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: (0421)218-67810
Prof. Dr. Dagmar Borchers
Building: SFG, Office: 4200
E-Mail: borchers(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: (0421)218-67820
Prof. Dr. Dr. Norman Sieroka
Building: SFG, Office: 4190
E-Mail: sieroka(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 (0)421 218 67830

Studies centre

Studienzentrum FB 9
Building: SFG, Office: SFG 3300
E-Mail: studienzentrumfb9(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: (0421)218-67511

Juliane Schoppe
office hours: Mo 12-14:00 and Thu 10-12:00 (SFG 3300)

Practice office

Wiltrud Hoffmann
Building: SFG, Office: 3090
E-Mail: praxfb9(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: (0421)218-67510

Faculty secretariat

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Borchers
Building: SFG, Office: 4200
E-Mail: borchers(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: (0421)218-67820

Status

09.04.2020