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French & Philosophy with a year abroad BA

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Overview

French and Philosophy degree in the heart of London offering a whole range of French and Francophone language and literature modules from Middle Ages to today available as well as, extremely wide choice of philosophy modules with particular teaching strengths in philosophy of mind, science and ancient philosophy.

Key benefits

French

  • Recognised as one of the leading French departments in the UK, distinguished for its world-leading and internationally excellent research.

  • Teaching features innovative approaches to French language, literature, cultural, political and historical studies.

  • The year abroad offers students the unique opportunity for immersion in French culture. We have exchanges with a number of partner universities in France and French speaking countries currently including Paris Sorbonne (IV), Université Paris X Nanterre, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), Sciences Po (Paris), Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (Martinique), Université de Provence, Université de Montréal, Université de Poitiers, Université Lumière Lyon 2, Sciences Po (Lyon), Université de Genève, Université Laval, Université de Strasbourg. The year abroad also offers the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or to undertake an internship/work placement in a French-speaking environment (typically sourced by students themselves).

  • Combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means graduates from King's are highly employable.

  • All students follow core modules in French language to a high level of proficiency in written and spoken French.

Philosophy

  • One of the largest and most distinguished philosophy departments in the country.

  • The Department is ranked as one of the top-three UK philosophy departments in the 2014 Research Excellence framework for both the quality of our research and research power.

  • Our National Student Survey (NSS) satisfaction results are consistently excellent. In the most recent NSS, 97% of students report feeling enthusiastic about teaching and intellectual stimulation.

  • King's offers an exceptionally wide range of optional courses, covering all areas of the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy.

  • Our emphasis on small-group teaching ensures students acquire and hone the skills of critical thinking.

Please note: Assessed internship placements are not included as part of this programme. However, King’s Careers & Employability can help you to find a range of different work experience options, including internships, placements and shadowing opportunities.

Key information

UCAS code RV15

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Joint honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of French,Department of Philosophy

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Course detail

Description

On our French with Philosophy BA course you will take a series of required language and Philosophy modules throughout the programme, and choose from a wide range of optional modules to suit your interests. Your French modules cover French and Francophone language and literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, while your Philosophy modules include philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and ancient philosophy. We are also able to ofer a wide range of optional modules, including areas such as Indian philosophy and Medieval philosophy.

Teaching style

We use lectures, seminars and small group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. French language modules concentrate on high standards in written, oral and translation skills, and will involve demanding tutorials with experienced native French lecturers.

Assessment

We will assess your progress and attainment on all modules you take on both the French and Philosophy areas of the programme through a range of techniques including written exams and coursework. The fnal degree classifcation you will receive is dependent on which modules you choose to study in the last two years of the programme.

Location

Located in the heart of London at the Strand Campus, the modern languages centre is close to excellent resources for students, with specialist libraries including the Institut Français, as well as exceptional galleries, theatres and cinemas.

Special notes

The single honours four-year French degree, like all other joint and major/minor honours programmes, includes a third year spent studying abroad. If you take joint honours in French and another language your year abroad will usually be split between a French-speaking country and a country speaking your other language. If you combine French with a subject that is not another language your whole year abroad will be spent in a French-speaking country. We have exchanges with many different universities in places as diverse as Paris, Montreal, Geneva and Martinique among others.

 

Structure

Year 1

In each year you will study a required module plus a combination of optional modules, totalling 120 credits.

All students take the core and compulsory modules outlined below.

Required Modules

French

  • Core French Language (30 credits)

  • Introduction to French Literature (compulsory) (30 credits)

Philosophy

You will choose one (15 Credits) module from each of our level-4 module lists, which are:

You will then choose one further module from any of the above level 4 module lists. 

Optional Modules

Year 2

Required Modules

French

  • Core French Language (15 credits)
  • The Practice of Translation (15 credits)
Optional Modules

French

You will also choose further French optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Death and Desire: Love in French Literature before 1700 (30 credits)
  • Writing the Self since 1700 in French Literature (30 credits)
  • French poetry since 1800 (30 credits)
  • Comedy in French Literature before 1700 (30 credits)
  • The French Novel since 1700 (30 credits)
  • The Idea of France (30 credits)
  • Modernity and the City (30 credits)
  • French Political Thought II (30 credits)

Philosophy

In your second year, you are required to choose three 15 credit level 5 modules from at least two of the following groups, each of which may typically include the following modules:

 

Required Modules

Group A

Greek Philosophy II: Plato (15 credits)

Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle (15 credits)

Modern Philosophy II: Locke & Berkeley (15 credits)

Modern Philosophy II: Spinoza & Leibniz (15 credits)

 

Group B

Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)

Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)

Political Philosophy II: Theories of Freedom OR Justice (15 credits) (running in alternate years)

Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy (15 credits)

 

Group C

Epistemology II (15 credits)

Metaphysics II (15 credits)

Philosophy of Logic & Language (15 credits)

Philosophy of Mind (15 credits)

Intermediate Logic (15 credits)

Philosophy of Physics I: Philosophy of Space & Time (15 credits)

 

Optional modules

You will take a further 15 credits from any of the optional level 5 modules in the groups listed above, or choose from a further range of 15-credit level 6 options that may include, but is not limited to:

 

-Hellenistic Philosophy

-Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools

-Philosophy of Mathematics

-Medieval Philosophy

-Philosophy of Psychology

-First-Order Logic

-Aesthetics

-Gender & Philosophy

-Topics in Modern Philosophy

-Topics in Political Philosophy

-Topics in Philosophy of Language

-Utilitarianism

-Foundations of Analytic Philosophy

-Indian Philosophy: The Heterodox Schools

Year 3

Your third year of study will be spent abroad at one of our partner institutions, which include:

  • Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Martinique, Caribbean
  • University of Aix-en-Provence
  • University of Lyon II
  • IEP Lyon
  • University of Montreal, Canada
  • University of Poitiers
  • Sciences-Po (IEP Paris)
  • Sorbonne IV (Paris)
  • University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
  • École Normale Supérieure  (Paris)
  • University of Strasbourg
  • Université Paris X Nanterre.
Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 4

You will take the core module and three optional modules in French, plus four optional modules in Philosophy.

Required Modules

French

  • Core French Language (15 credits)
Optional Modules

You will choose modules totalling 45 credits in French from optional modules, which may typically include:

  • The Stylistics of Translation  (15 credits)
  • Dissertation  (15 credits)
  • Recent French Though  (15 credits)
  • Contemporary women's writing in French  (15 credits)
  • Images of Algeria  (15 credits)
  • Shadows of Enlightenment  (15 credits)
  • Old French Romance  (15 credits)
  • Citizenship and Exclusion: Republicanism and its discontents  (15 credits)
  • Class and Conflict in Nineteenth-Century French Culture  (15 credits)
  • Proust
 (15 credits)
  • Sixteenth-century Encounters with the 'New World'  (15 credits)
  • Québécois Fiction & Film across the Canadian Bicultural Divide  (15 credits)
  • Citizenship & Exclusion: Theories and Practices
 (15 credits)
  • Satire in Early Modern France
 (15 credits)
  • Politics and the Moving Image in post-1968 France
 (15 credits)
  • Queer Sexuality in Pre-Modern French Literature  (15 credits)

Philosophy

Final year students take 60 credits of philosophy modules, at least 45 of which must be at level 6. The range of optional level 6 modules may typically include:

  • 19th Century Continental Philosophy (15 credits)
  • 20th Century Continental Philosophy  (15 credits)
  • Dissertation  (30 credits)
  • Ethics of Science & Technology  (15 credits)
  • Gender & Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Greek Philosophical Texts II: Aristotle (15 credits)
  • Greek Philosophical Texts I: Plato (15 credits)
  • Hellenistic Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools  (15 credits)
  • Indian Philosophy: The Heterodox Schools  (15 credits)
  • Kant's Epistemology and Metaphysics (15 credits)
  • Medieval Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Modal Logic (15 credits)
  • Moral Normativity (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology II (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Religion (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Science (15 credits)
  • Scepticism (15 credits)
  • Topics in Greek Philosophy, Metaphysics, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of the Mind, Political Philosophy or Utilitarianism.

Modules offered are subject to change due to staff availability and student demand. We review our options on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades:

AAA

Required grades:

35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades:

D3 D3 D3

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

85% overall

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

French.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A levels: AAA including grade A in French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. In addition applicants must either offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade A in French, or, take the DELF or DALF (minimum DELF B2).

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including D3 in French.Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2). 

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher French (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including grade 6HL French. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).  

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2018.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

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Career prospects

Many graduates from the French with Philosophy BA course choose to remain in further education and go on to study in law, fnance or media after graduation. The highly desirable combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means that French with Philosophy graduates from King’s are in high demand in today’s employment market.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as….
• Lecturer, Goldsmiths College
• Medical Recruitment Administrator, London Deanery
• Research Fellow, University of Oxford
• International Data Clerk, ES-Three
• Recruitment Consultant, Chapman Black
• Tenant Manager, Regents Group

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