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