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Available from our partner institution, Mary Immaculate College Philosophy can be taken as part of the UL Arts Degree as a joint honours combination. Review the subjects you can study with Philosophy by looking at the table at the end of this section.
Please Note: Philosophy is only available to study in Year 1.
Why study Philosophy?
Our undergraduate programme consists of a broad and accessible introduction to Philosophy. Our department provides a supportive and friendly environment for students, with a distinctive range of modules and extracurricular activities. Our programme is structured to provide students with the skills necessary to appreciate more fully the central concerns of human existence and to develop abilities in problem-solving, reflective communication, writing and critical thinking. Philosophy can be humanistic or technical, historical or contemporary, theoretical or practical. The Philosophy Department at Mary Immaculate College is committed to offering a programme that allows its undergraduates to engage all of these facets of the subject. Philosophy’s humanistic dimension involves the cultivation of the skills of close reading and careful interpretation of texts, as well as reflection on the largest of questions about who we are and what our place is in the world. Yet it equally involves reflection on the very intellectual capacities that we bring to bear in such reflection; and this means that philosophy has also always been concerned with the refinement and continual improvement of our exercise of such capacities. A philosophical education means studying some of the “big questions” that many people- including some of the greatest minds in human history-have grappled with:
- Can we prove that God does (or does not) exist?
- Does life have meaning?
- Are morals truths absolute or relative to culture?
- Do we know what we think we know?
- Is there a better life than the happy life?
- Do we have an obligation to always obey the law?
- Do we have souls or are we just “physical stuff”?
- Do we have free will or are we determined?
- Can you really experience anything objectively?
Studying philosophy will teach you to think logically and critically about issues, to analyze and construct arguments and to be open to new ways of thinking. In addition, you will learn to write clearly and persuasively, absorb and sift complex information and to distinguish between different views and come to a reasoned position. You will also learn to be self- motivated, creative and able to prioritize your work and working to deadlines – all talents sought after by employers.
You will acquire the following skills:
- Logical and analytical thinking and reasoning
- Problem solving
- Written and oral communication – presentation of ideas and information
- Ability to interpret, condense and clarify information
- A significant amount of creativity
- Ability to formulate your own position and defend it in debate
- An ability to interpret, classify and analyze a variety of different information
- A willingness to debate any point • Curiosity and lateral thinking
Philosophy First Year Option
First year subject from AY19/20
Modules are subject to change
|Year 1||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|PI4711||Basic Questions in Contemporary Philosophy||PI4722||Philosophy and Film|
Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes.
In addition, students wishing to study a Language must hold a minimum H4 grade in that language, with the exception of beginners German or beginners Spanish where a H4 grade in a language other than English is required. Specialist requirement in Mathematics also for those studying Economics or Mathematics.
For certain subjects, additional special qualifications specific to individual subjects or disciplines may be determined by the respective departments in accordance with Academic Council regulations.
Applications are especially welcome from Mature Students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.
Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. go to the UL Admissions QQI page for a full list of modules.
Careers in law, human resources, advertising, marketing, the media, publishing, politics, health care, social services and journalism are possible career options. High- profile philosophy graduates such as TS Eliot, Woody Allen, the Coen Brothers, creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, Ricky Gervais, Martin Luther King, Elmore Leonard, Wes Anderson, Will Self, Michael Ignatieff, and former US president Bill Clinton are all examples of how studying philosophy can broaden your employment horizons as well as your thinking.
- MA/PhD Research
- MA Philosophy and Culture
- Structured PhD in Philosophy and Culture