Course Overview

The degree in Philosophy with Chinese allows you to explore the themes, concepts and events that have shaped the contemporary philosophical scene, whilst studying Chinese language and culture.

Our degree allows you to study and debate important philosophical questions with expert academics and peers. How should we live? Is there a God? Are we free to act as we wish if everything is determined by prior causes? Why should we obey the law? Can science discover all the facts that can be known?

These are some of the many challenging questions you will engage with. At Lancaster, we approach these questions through the history of Philosophy - studying figures such as Plato, Descartes, Kant and Nietzsche - and also via contemporary philosophical debate. We also offer courses on Asian traditions of thought, where students can discover contemporary deployments of Chinese philosophical concepts such as "All-under-heaven" or "guanxi" relations.

You will begin your degree with one core course called Introduction to Philosophy and one core Chinese module which is designed for beginners with little or no prior knowledge of Chinese Language or Culture. In addition, you can choose to complement your studies with a module from a wide range of other options.

As you continue with your studies, you will learn from academics committed to both teaching and research and will increasingly specialise through an extensive range of modules. Second year options include Philosophy of Mind; Knowledge and Reality, and Ethics: Theory and Practice. The core Chinese Language modules will build on the intensive language introduction given in the first year through further language tuition.

In the final year, you will study Chinese Culture and Society and a further Chinese Language module. You have the opportunity to undertake a sustained investigation on a specific philosophical subject of greatest interest to you and can choose from a wide range of modules, such as Logic and Language or China in the Modern World. You also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, and may integrate your dissertation research with the study trip to China or the research-based placements that are organised by the department.

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