Faculty of PhilosophyPhilosophy and Philosophy/Ethics - bachelor vocational teaching profession

Philosophy is at times viewed as the abstract discussion of life’s “big questions”. While students may indeed at times discuss what can be referred to as "the big questions", they will first, in small steps, acquire the tools needed to address these "big questions”. This includes training in the art of rational argumentation and a guided reading of core philosophical texts.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionusually German
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.

Course Content

Philosophy can be broadly divided into the categories of theoretical philosophy and practical philosophy. The former examines the potential and limits of knowledge, the structure of consciousness, the relationship between mind and matter, or the infamous question as to why anything exists at all rather than nothingness. Practical philosophy examines human actions in a broader sense, including questions such as what constitutes an action, the role played by intentions, which actions are permitted, which actions are required, and the question of what is just.

Philosophy often involves simultaneous study of classical texts, philosophical history and consideration of systematic questions (such as epistemology, ethics and aesthetics).

Philosophy is a highly diverse subject area. At the end of the Bachelor’s degree programme, students will be familiar with the various disciplines, but it will be difficult for them to be well versed in all of them, as the discussions within the individual disciplines are too highly specialised to allow this. In most cases, students develop a special interest in either theoretical or practical philosophy and choose a specialisation accordingly.

Course Structure

he degree programme is modular. Students must attend the two introductory courses (propaedeutics) in the first two semesters. Students then complete modules in systematic philosophy, covering both theoretical and practical aspects in equal depth. They also consider the history of philosophy via the study of texts from the Antique era, Middle Ages and modern period. Each area must be studied at least once.

From the third semester on, students will choose one main seminar and one project module from the electives offered in Philosophy. Along with this, students will complete courses in specialised didactics for Philosophy.

Various examination formats will be used in the different courses, including term papers or a combination of other assessment tools. Over the course of the Philosophy degree programme, a minimum number of term papers must be completed: students in the 33% programme are required to write two term papers.

Upon completion of a module worth at least six credits, students are considered to have passed the orientation examination.

Students in the 33% degree programme are required to submit documentation certifying basic proficiency in Latin or Greek no later than the date of application for the Bachelor's thesis; however, proof of language proficiency is not a prerequisite for admission.