Hey there! Those are the subjects I'm really interested in currently. It would be nice to know from those studying it:
How they like it?
What does studying the subject involves?
What kind of things do you learn/ what skills are useful in studying the said subjects?
Challenging aspects about the subject?
Also I do not enjoy math at all, and even though economics is my most favourite subject at the moment, I'm putt off from it a little as I hear it's utterly quantitative at university level? Is that true?
Anyone studying/studied economics/politics/philosophy/history at undergrad level? watch
- Thread Starter
- 18-02-2016 04:00
- 18-02-2016 04:30
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Your questions are quite broad but that being said; I study politics and philosophy and in terms of 'liking' it I would say don't choose a course based on whether or not others like it, universities differ widely in teaching methods and topics covered in each course etc. Think about what course(s) you currently like the most, and think you are supposed to be doing. Never choose a course simply because it sounds interesting. Only choose what you care about, and will be able to use after you graduate. You can find course information on university websites which will tell you EXACTLY what the course involves, (well on the Unviersity of Manchester's website anyway).
Politics requires a realistic mindset, along with prior existing awareness of politics in the world. Philosophy requires a lot of logical thought processes and both courses involve being able to adopt, or understand, arguments/stand points you might disagree with. The most challenging aspect depends entirely on your own personality. Think about what the course will ask of you, and if you are up to it.
P.S. Only apply to study a course you have already studied, that you consider yourself to fit into. Basically, ask yourself "what do I want to be doing in 10 years?" and think about if you would describe yourself as having the mindset of an economist or historian or philosopher etc. as the course will require you to become one for the duration of studying it.Last edited by Liam_OBrien_1816; 18-02-2016 at 04:31.
- 19-02-2016 10:10
I studied philosophy at Manchester as an undergrad and am currently studying it there at masters level.
Obviously I liked the subject, or I wouldn't have chosen to study for a higher degree in it. I found the subject matter fascinating and the degree was perfectly suited to (while still helping to develop) my talents (analytical thought, constructing and deconstructing cogent arguments, being able to recognise and draw small but important distinctions, clear and concise writing).
The actual subject matter you'll cover if you study philosophy will vary somewhat depending on where you study it, but at undergraduate level, I'd expect you to broadly study logic, metaphysics, epistemology and ethics, with specialisations and more specific topics being covered as you advance. Some of the issues I covered as an undergrad included the nature of the mind, what knowledge is and how we can know things, the nature of causation, what art is, the strengths and weaknesses of various systems of ethics and a great deal more besides. My particular interest was in aesthetics (the philosophy of art, beauty and so on) and I chose areas within aesthetics to write my dissertations on for each of my degrees.
If there's anything else you'd like to know, feel free to ask.