hey guys, so im in the process of applying to uni now and am really bogged down with whether i should take sociology / psychology / philosophy.. Im really interested in them all and quite equally so - except im a bit worried if psychology will require more aspects of science and math which i'm not so great in and don't take for A levels either (i am taking A levels english literature, history and business at the moment). would really help if any of you could give me advice or perhaps a suggestion from experience or anything really! thanks so much )
Should i take sociology / psychology / philosophy? Watch
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I am in upper sixth at the moment and have applied to study philosophy, and I have friends who have applied for psychology and sociology. I believe that you can take two of these as a joint degree if that is something you are interested in.
Anyway, I study philosophy at the moment and I would be happy to give you a quick overview. It is split into three main areas: ethics, which looks at morality, what is good, how do we know what actions are good etc.; epistemology, which is the theory of knowledge, how do we know what we know, what is truth etc.; and lastly metaphysics, which is looking at reality, how many aspects are there to reality, how do we know the physical world exists, do we have a souls etc.
I can recommend a few books, a Very Short Introduction to Philosophy and Sophie's world give a an overview/history of philosophy as a subject. One book that raises ethical issues that I enjoyed reading is The Universe versus Alex Woods.
With psychology the science aspect I presume would depend on whether you applied to BSc or BA courses, but from friends who have studied psychology it is quite maths-y.
Studying philosophy at the moment, I do draw on area of sociology and psychology for my essays, if this is of any help!
I would be happy to answer any other questions, or if you want to tell me more I can give you more detailed suggestions. Also I still have the list of recommended books to read before I started my Pre U philosophy course so if you would like any more book recommendations feels free to ask