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Philosophy as subject in the Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools

Philosophy as subject in the Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools
(Master of Education)

© Institut für Philosophie: Lichthof, Leibniz Universität Hannover
© Institut für Philosophie: Lichthof, Leibniz Universität Hannover
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Course type
postgraduate studies (master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semester
Course Start
Winter semester
Primary Language of Instruction
German
Special Requirements

A school internship and a further internship (in a company, a social institution, a sports club, etc.) for at least four weeks must have been completed (compulsory).

Admission
Restricted admission
International

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The subject Philosophy is offered as one of two subjects within the Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools.

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 Philosophy

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

The Master’s degree programme qualifies graduates to take on a teaching post at a grammar school and is the requirement for entry to the preparatory phase of teacher training in this type of school in the Federal State of Lower Saxony.

In the Master’s degree programme, students expand on the two subjects taken in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme (or a comparable degree programme), whereby the weighting of the subjects is the other way around this time so that students have completed equal workloads in the two teaching subjects by the time they complete the Master’s programme. These subjects are supplemented by the area of Education Sciences, comprising courses in Education and Psychology.

Semester

1

2

3

4

Compulsory module

Overview module on Theoretical Philosophy and Practical Philosophy

Classic Philosophical Texts

Practical training

Master’s thesis

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

The Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools entitles graduates to pursue the profession of a grammar school teacher.

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related field of study, such as

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Application Deadlines

First-year students

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

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

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

 

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