The course combines taught modules carefully focused on topics on the A level syllabus with a module on Teaching Philosophy, which includes a qualification in SAPEREs Philosophy for children methodology. It is suitable both for those with previous education in philosophy, and those seeking a rigorous introduction.
By the end of the course, students will have a good understanding of the structure, syllbus, assessment objectives, expectations, teaching methods, and examination of A level philosophy. Students will also learn the basic logical notions and the skills neccessary for successful philosophical argument.
The MA consists of four modules and a dissertation. Three of your four modules are shared with students taking MA Philosophy. One of these Knowledge and Reality is compulsory, the other two are chosen from a range of options, including ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of religion, logic and language, and philosophy of mind and psychology. By agreement, it may be possible for you, if you prefer, to select a module from one of the other MA courses at Heythrop.
The fourth module, Teaching Philosophy, taught over four Saturdays in one term, is distinctive to this degree. It combines in-depth discussion of A level philosophy requirements and resources, training in teaching generic philosophical skills of reasoning and argument, and a Level 1 qualification from SAPERE in the Philosophy for Children methodology.
The dissertation involves a substantial independent investigation of a topic selected by you with the approval of your supervisor. Usually, it will build on one or more of your taught modules.