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Philosophy as subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme

Philosophy as subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme
(Bachelor of Arts)

© Institut für Philosophie: Lichthof, Leibniz Universität Hannover
© Institut für Philosophie: Lichthof, Leibniz Universität Hannover
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Course type
undergraduate studies (2 subjects bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semester
Course Start
Winter semester
Primary Language of Instruction
German
Special Requirements

None

Admission
Unrestricted admission
International

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The subject philosophy is offered as one of two subjects within the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme. Please note the subject combination options.

Philosophy is a questioning science that grapples with issues of a general and fundamental nature. Examples of such questions include: What is real?; What is truth?; Under which conditions can we claim to know something (rather than simply believing that we know it)?; Do we, as people, have free will?; What constitutes good behaviour and how does it differ from behaviour that is wrong, unjust, immoral, and so on?; What obligations do we have towards other people?; What are natural laws?; How do explanations in individual disciplines work? Philosophers debate such questions and responses to them, and analyse the arguments for and against the potential responses. In line with the broad range of questions posed by philosophers, philosophy encompasses a multitude of areas such as metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, logic, philosophy of culture, social philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, and ethics.

Further Information on the website of the Institute of Philosophie

Areas of Focus

  • History of philosophy
  • Integration of philosophical research and teaching
  • Practical philosophy (with seminars on ethics as well as political, legal and social philosophy)
  • Theoretical philosophy (with seminars on logic, metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophy of science)
Course Content

In the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme with Philosophy as the first subject, students take the following compulsory modules: “Foundations of Theoretical Philosophy”, “Foundations of Practical Philosophy”, “History of Philosophy” and “Classic Philosophical Texts”. They also take two compulsory elective modules. The sixth semester is set aside for writing a Bachelor’s thesis, proving the student’s ability to produce scientific work.

Students who take Philosophy as their second subject take compulsory modules in “Foundations of Theoretical Philosophy”, “Foundations of Practical Philosophy” and “History of Philosophy” in addition to a compulsory elective module.

As part of the interdisciplinary bachelor's degree programme, students with a focus on teaching have to complete a non-school-based internship as well as a school internship, both lasting four weeks. The non-school-based internship helps students to get first work insights in the area of teaching, to check on their career aspiration. For students with an non-school-based focus, an eight-week non-school-based internship must be completed.

Semester

1

2

3

4

5

6

Compulsory module

History of Philosophy

History of Philosophy

Foundations of Theoretical Philosophy

or

Foundations of Practical Philosophy

Foundations of Theoretical Philosophy

or

Foundations of Practical Philosophy

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Bachelor’s thesis

Compulsory module

Foundations of Theoretical Philosophy

or

Foundations of Practical Philosophy

Foundations of Theoretical Philosophy

or

Foundations of Practical Philosophy

Classic Philosophical Texts

Classic Philosophical Texts

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-

Optional module

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Compulsory Elective Module I

Compulsory Elective Module I

Optional module

-

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Compulsory Elective Module II

Compulsory Elective Module II

Recommended Abilities
  • A high degree of independence and mental agility
  • The basic ability to analyse philosophical problems, develop own responses to these problems and present them orally and in writing
  • A knowledge of English is desirable
Career Opportunities
  • Master’s (M.Ed.) Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools
  • Master’s degree programme in Philosophy of Science (M.A.)
  • Journalism
  • Publishing and other media
  • Politics, art and culture
  • Science administration
  • Adult education
Possible Further Degree Programmes

Under certain conditions, admission to the following Master's programme is also possible. More detailed information can be found in the respective admission regulations. If you have any questions, please contact the course advice of the desired Master's programme:

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

Some subjects in the interdisciplinary Bachelor are restricted (Biology, Performing Arts, German Studies (school subject: German), English Studies (school subject: English), Geography, History, Music, Political Science, Study of Religions (school subject: Ethics), Spanish Studies (school subject: Spanish) and Sports (school subject: Physical Education).

Other subjects are admission-free (Chemistry, Computer Science, Protestant Theology (school subject: Protestant Religious Education), Catholic Theology (school subject: Catholic Religious Education), Mathematics, Philosophy and Physics).

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulation.

Note: The admission regulations reflect the legally prescribed subject combinations in the Master regulation of Lower Saxony.
All currently possible subject combinations can be found under "Combinations".

Application Deadlines

Application dates for a subject combination with at least one restricted subject:

First-year students
(Application for the first semester is only possible for the winter semester)

  • Applicants from Germany and other EU countries: June 1st – July 15th of the year
  • Applicants from outside the European Union: April 15th – May 31st of the year

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • Everyone: June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • Everyone: December 1st - January 15th of the year for the summer semester

 

Application dates for a subject combination with two admission-free subjects:

 

First-year students
(Application for the first semester is only possible for the winter semester)

  • Applicants from Germany and other EU countries: June 1st – Sept 30th of the year
  • Applicants from outside the European Union: April 15th – May 31st of the year

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • Everyone: June 1st – Sept 30th of the year for the winter semester
  • Everyone: December 1st - May 31st of the year for the summer semester

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