Studying Philosophy and English and American Literature enables you to engage with the worlds major philosophies and thinkers alongside gaining culture insights from broad range of writing.
What is philosophy? Why is it important? Is it relevant? As a student of Philosophy at Kent, you do not so much learn about philosophy as learn to do it yourself. This includes not only studying major philosophies and philosophers, but also contributing your own ideas to an ongoing dialogue. You develop the ability to connect the most abstract ideas to the most concrete things in our experience.
There is active research culture in the Department of Philosophy at Kent, with internationally recognised experts whose interests range from philosophers such as Hegel, Kant and Wittgenstein to topics such as the philosophy of the mind, ethics, aesthetics, logic, political philosophy, metaphysics and artificial intelligence.
English at Kent is challenging, flexible, and wide-ranging. It covers both traditional areas (such as Shakespeare or Dickens) and newer fields such as American literature, creative writing, postcolonial literature and recent developments in literary theory.
Staff in the School of English are internationally recognised for academic research which links closely with undergraduate teaching, and the School regularly hosts visits by a variety of international writers and critics. There are several published authors and poets in the School, and our students publish a magazine of creative writing, poetry and prose.
This degree programme is an ideal combination for anyone wanting to understand the complex ideas that permeate throughout our literary cultures, past and present.
Philosophy at Kent ranked 4th in the UK in the most recent National Student Survey (2014), with 98% student satisfaction.
English at Kent was ranked 12th in The Guardian University Guide 2014.
The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take wild modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.
Possible modules may include:
EN333 - Romanticism
PL302 - Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Metaphysics
PL303 - Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics
PL310 - Introduction to Philosopy: Logic and Reasoning
PL315 - Philosophical Reading and Writing (core)
EN302 - Early Drama
EN331 - Readings in the Twentieth Century
EN332 - Writing America
Possible modules may include:
EN681 - Novelty, Enlightenment and Emancipation: 18th Century Literature
EN692 - Early Modern Literature 1500-1700
EN694 - Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama
EN697 - Chaucer and Late Medieval English Literature
EN695 - Empire, New Nations and Migration
EN677 - The Contemporary
EN689 - Modernism
EN672 - Reading Victorian Literature
EN675 - Declaring Independence: 19th Century US Literature
PL620 - Justice, Violence and the State
PL625 - Continental Philosophy: Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
PL628 - Continental Philosophy: Subject, Identity and the Political
PL640 - Normative Ethics
PL638 - Schopenhauer and Nietzsche
PL584 - Knowledge and Metaphysics: Descartes to Kant
PL588 - Metaphysics, Truth and Relativism
PL595 - Metaethics
PL596 - Philosophy of Medicine
PL598 - Greek Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle
PL599 - Wittgenstein
PL601 - Philosophy of Religion
PL602 - Philosophy of Language
PL604 - Advanced Topics in Mind and Langauge
PL605 - Logic
PL606 - Philosophy of Science
PL608 - Paradoxes
PL609 - Philosophy of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence
PL610 - Aesthetics
PL618 - Political Philosophy
You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage
Possible modules may include:
EN676 - Cross-Cultural Coming-of-Age Narratives
EN684 - Clouds, Waves & Crows: Writing the Natural, 1800 to the Present
EN687 - Poetry and Crisis, from the First World War to Occupy
EN580 - Charles Dickens and Victorian England
EN583 - Postcolonial Writing
EN586 - Language and Place in Colonial and Postcolonial Poetry
EN588 - Innovation and Experiment in New York, 1945- 1995
EN604 - The Unknown: Reading and Writing
EN623 - Native American Literature
EN633 - Bodies of Evidence: Reading The Body In Eighteenth Century Literature
EN637 - Unruly Women and Other Insubordinates: the dramatic repertoire of the Q
EN646 - Image, Vision and Dream: Medieval Texts and Visual Culture
EN655 - Places and Journeys
EN656 - Heroes and Exiles: An Introduction to Old English Poetry
EN657 - The Brontes in Context
EN658 - American Crime Fiction
EN659 - Contemporary Irish Writing
EN660 - Writing Lives in Early Modern England: Diaries, Letters and Secret Selv
EN661 - The Stranger
EN666 - From Book to Blog: Geoffrey Chaucer and his Afterlives
EN667 - Harlem to Hogan's Alley: Black Writing in North America
EN668 - Discovery Space: New Theatres in Early Modern England
EN669 - Marriage, Desire and Divorce in Early Modern Literature
EN670 - Lyric, Ballad and Popular Song
EN701 - The Global Eighteenth Century
EN702 - Thomas Hardy
EN703 - The 'Real' America: Class and Culture in the American Gilded Age
EN704 - Discord and Devotion: Society & Spirituality in Middle English Literatu
EN705 - The Contemporary Memoir
EN707 - The British Novel in the 1860s: Sensing Modern Life
EN708 - Virginia Woolf
EN709 - Animals, Humans, Writing
EN710 - Victorian Aestheticism and Decadence
PL619 - Political Philosophy
PL514 - Knowledge and Metaphysics: Descartes to Kant
PL526 - Aesthetics
PL552 - Metaphysics, Truth and Relativism
PL569 - Metaethics
PL570 - Philosophy of Medicine
PL572 - Greek Philosophy:Plato and Aristotle
PL573 - Wittgenstein
PL575 - Philosophy of Religion
PL576 - Philosophy of Language
PL578 - Advanced Topics in Mind and Language
PL579 - Logic
PL580 - Philosophy of Science
PL582 - Paradoxes
PL583 - Philosophy of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence
PL639 - Schopenhauer and Nietzsche
PL641 - Normative Ethics
PL629 - Continental Philosophy: Subject , Identity and the Political
PL621 - Justice, Violence and the State
PL624 - Continental Philosophy: Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
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