Philosophy is a hugely rewarding subject. It will help you to develop intellectual skills that will enhance your personal life and be valuable in your career. The Oxford College Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma in Philosophy will introduce you to many of the most commonly explored topics in Philosophy. The course lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Philosophy and related subjects in Higher Education. The study of Philosophy can help develop greater understanding in many other subjects, including scientific subjects. After all, a scientist needs to understand why they are investigating something as well as how. This course has been designed to enable learner to gain a thorough grounding in key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques. In this course you will develop a range of transferable skills which can be applied far beyond the study of Philosophy.
Throughout the course you will be encouraged to think critically about a wide range of philosophical issues. In doing so, you will develop an understanding of philosophical issues and also develop your ability to think clearly and to argue effectively.
The course is composed of ten modules, and concludes with an online examination. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded with a Diploma in Philosophy.
Overview of Course Modules
Module One - Moral Philosophy
Why should we be moral? Is it always wrong to lie? Why should we be good?
This first module examines the central traditional and contemporary disputes in moral philosophy. Often people consider themselves to be moral relativists, but is this view always defensible? Instead of looking at the consequences of our actions should we instead consider the motives as well?
Module Two - Applied Ethics
Ethical issues are always in the news and in this module we develop the philosophical skills needed to assess them. Here then we move away from the theoretical and apply what we have learned in module 1 to some real world issues.
In the second unit of the diploma we apply what we have learned from the first module to animal ethics, environmental ethics and the controversies surrounding the abortion debate.
Module Three - Political Philosophy
In the third module of the diploma we explore the idea of a ‘social contract’ and the extent to which we are obliged to obey the authorities in our society. Should we accept any amount of inequality so long as people have well protected property rights? In this module we also examine classical philosophical texts by Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, as well as valuable contemporary works by John Rawls and Robert Nozick. We also explore the idea of social justice and inequality.
Module Four - Epistemology
What can we know? What is the basis of our belief in an external world? Can we be certain about anything? Is it possible that we are really nothing more than our own minds?
In the fourth module of the diploma we explore epistemology, or theories of knowledge. We consider the reliability of our perceptions and examine views of this important area of philosophy as presented by Descartes, Locke, Russell, Berkeley, and Kant. In this module we ask whether a mind-independent world really exists? We also examine the major contemporary contribution to epistemology made by John McDowell in his book Mind and World.
Module Five - Philosophy of Mind
Are we composed of two, dual substances; mind and body? Or are we merely physical things?
In this module we explore several theories of Mind including mind-body dualism, the problem of other minds, and personal identity. In the fifth module of the diploma in Philosophy we explore issues relating to the Philosophy of Mind. By drawing on works of philosophers such as Descartes, Davidson, and Wittgenstein we consider whether it is possible to establish whether we can you be sure that other people have minds? Are you the same person today that you were last year?
Module Six - Metaphysics
In this sixth module of the diploma we explore two central themes in the philosophical area of metaphysics.
First we look at the problem of universals, can someone or something be said to possess universals such as bravery or goodness? Can individual inanimate objects possess universal attributes such as a colour or texture.
Secondly we consider the idea of freedom of will. Do we appear to freely decide what to do at any given time? Are our plans and aspirations essentially futile? Is free will merely an illusion?
Module Seven - An Introduction to Logic
A large part of the philosopher's task is to examine arguments. It can be important to have a grasp of an argument's underlying logic in order to assess its merits. This module will introduce you to some of the techniques logicians use to uncover the logic behind what people say.
Module Eight - Philosophy of Religion
In the eight module of this diploma we explore questions such as ‘Does God exist?’, ‘Doesn't the existence of natural disasters show that God is a myth?’ and ‘Is there life after death?’ As we consider these questions we will explore the arguments and views of philosophers such as Descartes, Kant and Aquinas, to name a few.
Module Nine - Aesthetics
In the ninth module of the diploma we explore aesthetics. The debate on what constitutes art is an ongoing one, for some art is a painting such as the Mona Lisa, for others it is an unmade bed. In this module we consider questions such as ‘What is the value of art?’ Is it simply a matter of personal taste or are there objective reasons for liking a painting, sculpture, or novel? Why are we as human beings pre-disposed to seek out inanimate objects that we find appealing? Should art be assessed according to its moral value or is art independent of morality?
Module Ten - Philosophy of History
Is history merely a series of events or does it have larger meaning? What causes historical change? Is it individuals or larger changes in social structure? In the final module of the diploma we draw on what we have learned in the earlier modules in epistemology and metaphysics and religion in order to explore what history is. In this module we will draw upon various arguments by Hegel, Marx, and others to explore this question.
All students must be 16 years of age and above.
Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.
Approximately 20 hours per unit
Final online multiple choice examination.
Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.
Diploma in Philosophy
This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.
The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.
The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.
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Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.
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The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.
The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.
They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.
Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.
Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).
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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 13 August, 2009.