Exploring Philosophy, Short Course | Part time online | The Open University UK | United Kingdom
8 months
3168 GBP/full
3168 GBP/full
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This introduction to philosophy considers fundamental questions from six core areas: the self; philosophy of religion; ethics; knowledge and science; the mind; and political philosophy. The Exploring Philosophy programme is delivered by The Open University UK.


What makes me ‘Me’? Does God exist? Why should I act morally? Can I trust science? How can I, a physical being, have thoughts and emotions? Should I obey laws I disagree with? 

Philosophers – both past and present – have offered radically diverging answers to these and the other questions asked in this module. Guided engagement with this philosophical tradition will provide the platform for you to tackle the big questions of philosophy for yourself.

You will learn

By studying Exploring Philosophy programme delivered by The Open University UK, you will develop the reasoning and other skills necessary to engage in the debates yourself. You will learn to question core assumptions and consider the world, and our relationship with it, in unaccustomed ways. 

These are skills highly valued by employers looking for staff able to approach complex and often perplexing situations and to offer clear and sound arguments in response.

Programme Structure

This module teaches the basics of philosophy via the six module books:

  • The self 
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Ethics
  • Knowledge
  • Philosophy of mind 
  • Political philosophy

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 8 months

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60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This is an OU level 2 module and builds on the OU level 1 modules Discovering the arts and humanities (A111), or The arts past and present (AA100) (now discontinued), and Voices, texts and material culture (A105). These OU level 1 modules develop skills such as logical thinking, clear expression, essay writing and the ability to select and interpret relevant materials. They also offer an introduction to a range of subjects in the arts and humanities.
  • If you have not studied at university level before, you are strongly advised to study at OU level 1 before progressing to OU level 2 study.
  • You do not require any prior knowledge of philosophy to study this module.

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