You gain a systematic historical and cross-cultural understanding of a wide-range of philosophical traditions as well as modules exploring how various philosophies, ideas and forms of life have ‘gone global,’ both historically (through processes like empire, migration and cultural exchange) and in the contemporary era through the impact of mass media and globalisation.
Global Philosophies is offered by the Department of Religious Studies, within Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages. Staff in the department have a range of interests in the field, including expertise in various world religions, the history of ideas, Asian studies and different traditions of philosophical thought, providing research-informed teaching on the various strands of world intellectual thought.
The programme is taught at our Canterbury campus, with strong transport links to mainland Europe.Our degree programme
Global Philosophies at Kent is a varied programme covering world philosophical traditions, encouraging cultural and historical understanding and awareness of ancient and contemporary phases of globalisation.
In your first year, you take two core modules, The Global Search for Meaning and Ethics, Society and the Good Life. You also take introductory modules in either South Asian (Hindu and Buddhist) or East Asian (Confucian, Daoist, Shinto) traditions. In your second year, you take a further compulsory module, Understanding Global Philosophies, exploring methodological issues in cross-cultural study.
You also have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of modules offered within the School of European Cultures and Languages and the Faculty of Humanities in areas related to philosophy, classics and history. You will be introduced to a wide range of authors, literary texts and philosophical traditions from different time periods and cultural contexts.
At all stages of your degree it is possible to choose ‘wild’ modules from across the Faculty of Humanities. You can also apply to take a placement module, where you can gain teaching experience in a secondary school. The placement modules are subject to a selection process.Year abroad
If you are studying full time, you can apply to spend a year abroad as part of your degree programme. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to discover a new culture and demonstrates to future employers that you have the enthusiasm to succeed in a new environment. It is possible to spend a year or a term abroad at one of our partner institutions. You don't have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply. It is also possible to undertake a placement year in industry.
See Course structure for more details.Placement year
It is possible to spend a year on placement gaining valuable workplace experience and increasing your professional contacts. You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent, but certain conditions apply.
See Course structure for more details.