Philosophy (B.A.) (2 subjects / teaching profession)
Subject name: Philosophy
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (2 subjects / teaching profession)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Starting semester: winter semester
Language of the programme: German
Admission to the winter semester 2019/20:
- 1st subject semester: limited admission (application to the University)
- 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
- International applicants (non-EU): limited admission (application to International Student Services)
Philosophy deals with the fundamental question of theoretical world interpretation and practical formation of life. It examines aspects that can be clarified through methodical contemplation. In order to do so, the ability to logically analyse abstract theoretical problems as well as to argument logically correctly must be acquired. The course of study comprises systematic parts (theoretical and practical philosophy) as well as historical (history of philosophy). Disciplines belonging to theoretical philosophy are epistemology, scientific theory, and philosophy of language, philosophy of mind as well as aesthetics. Practical parts include, among others, ethics, political philosophy, law and social philosophy. The historical part is studied using selected texts of classic philosophic authors and based on philosophical-historical epochs.
Studies in the two-subject bachelor's programme aim to make the students appropriately comprehend problems and conceptions of philosophy, deal with them scientifically and to communicate their basic principles in a manner understandable to all. The graduates should especially have the skills to appropriately use the scientific aids of the study of philosophy, to understand and apply methods of philosophical thought and argumentation, to understand and classify philosophical texts in their historical interpretation and systematic connection, deal with philosophical problems of intermediate difficulty in written and oral form with precise terminology, to weigh arguments against each other in an appropriate manner, and to be able to convey philosophical topics in a school and out-of-school education environment.
Subject areas and research focuses in Göttingen
Some of the research focuses at the Department of Philosophy at the Universität Göttingen are: philosophy of science, theoretical and applied ethics, history of modern philosophy, epistemology and philosophy of language.
In the first year, students take four basic modules that introduce them to the three main areas of philosophy and convey necessary methodical skills: Logic, Theoretical Philosophy, Practical Philosophy, History of Philosophy. In the second and third year of study, students may select a certain area of focus: 2 advanced modules out of Theoretical Philosophy, Practical Philosophy or History of Philosophy; a module entitled Out-of-School Conveyance Competence as well as a final B.A.-module. Additionally, students have to complete a module tailored for the teaching profession: In-School Conveyance Competence (introduction to subject-specific didactics). The Bachelor's thesis is written in one of the advanced modules mentioned above.
Recommended subject combinations
For a teaching profession, a combination with one of the following subjects is recommended: German, English, French, Spanish, Latin, Mathematics or Physics.
In order to read subject-specific texts, proficiency in English language is recommended.