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Philosophy part 2

The Open University UK

13 months
6406 GBP/year
4153 GBP/year
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The Philosophy part 2 module from The Open University UK will complete your study for the MA in Philosophy. You'll study: the emotions, Nietzsche, Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt, and ‘the problem of dirty hands’.


Your tutor will help you build on your capacity for independent research, and you will have ample opportunity to liaise with fellow-students online. The tutorial strategy, which involves both tutors and module team authors, will encourage independent thought using the huge range of online books and articles available via the OU Library. Finally, you will be able to complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice, provided it is linked to at least one of the topics studied on the MA.

Vocational relevance in the Philosophy part 2 module from The Open University UK

Philosophy is greatly valued by employers. Amongst the transferrable skills you will acquire (or improve) will be the ability to understand and assimilate complex material; the ability to formulate arguments; the ability to express yourself in a clear and convincing manner; the ability to communicate your ideas clearly in written and other forms.

Programme Structure

What you will study

  • Block 1: The emotions
  • Block 2: Nietzsche
  • Block 3: Foucault and Arendt
  • Block 4: Dirty Hands

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 13 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To register for this module, you are required to have successfully completed the MA Philosophy part 1 (A853).
Preparatory work

We recommend that reading the following five books would be useful preparation for this module :

  • Carolyn Price, Emotion (Polity, 2015)
  • Sue Mendus, Politics and Morality (Polity, 2009).

These are also set books for this module (see 'Study materials'):

  • Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality and Other Writings (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
  • Paul Rabinow (ed.) The Foucault Reader:An Introduction to Foucault's Thought (Penguin, 1991). 
  • Hannah Arendt, On Violence (Harcourt Brace & Company, 1970). 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6406 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6940 GBP for the full programme during 13 months.
  • National

    4153 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP for the full programme during 13 months.


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