Philosophy of Being, Cognition, and Value (PBCV) is the official name of Philosophy Studies in English at the University of Warsaw – the programme taught entirely in English which took off in October 2007 as a 3–year tier I bachelors degree. In academic year 2010/2011 starts a 2–year tier II masters degree.
All tutorials, lectures and exams take place in English. The teaching staff are young, well prepared and have a wealth of teaching experience both within Poland and in other countries.
During the three–year length of First Cycle Studies (BA Programme), PBCV students will obtain a thorough grounding in the current state of research in the various philosophical disciplines. They will also be familiarised with the main historical traditions within European philosophy — with particular attention to analytical philosophy and the Lvov–Warsaw School. The basis for a philosophical education, according to the traditions of that school, lies in ontology and epistemology. Courses in these disciplines provide a broad overview of the world: deeper and more complete than that provided by the sciences. Supplemented by courses in the history of philosophy, they make it possible to understand the relations between a manner of living, the dominant intellectual culture and the goals of social elites in various times and societies. Courses in ethics and aesthetics develop an emotional and moral sensitivity. They cultivate respect for civic responsibilities and show the interrelations between the normative systems — laws, morality and religions — that describe social interactions. Courses in logic and logical semiotics (disciplines in which the work of Polish philosophers has had a world–wide impact) teach thinking skills — significant both within science and public life. They also provide the tools to formally analyse natural language and the structure of scientific theories. Specialist and interdisciplinary courses give students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with issues in such fields as the philosophy and history of science, philosophy of culture, philosophy of politics and social philosophy.
The broadening of students’ intellectual horizons is favoured by a varied programme of lectures, tutorials and seminars. During lectures, the students are provided with knowledge of the subject, while during the tutorials and other classes they learn to analyse basic philosophical ideas as well as individually formulating and dealing with the theoretical problems that arise.
Philosophy graduates are being seen by many employers as particularly important valuable employees. They find employment, on the one hand in various educational institutions, publishing companies and the mass media and, on the other hand, in government offices, political organizations and in local government institutions.
Those philosophy graduates who are not native–speakers also gain a solid knowledge of English thanks to which they become more employable both within Poland and the European Union. Their qualifications can also provide a good basis for applying for prestigious grants and scholarships as well as for places in MA and PhD programmes throughout Europe.
Within the Second Cycle philosophy studies every student defines individual program of studies by choosing among seminars, proseminars, monographic lectures and elective courses taught in the Institute of Philosophy. The elective courses offer includes: Philosophy of Culture, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Politics, Social Philosophy, History of Polish Philosophy, Aesthetics, Logical Semiotics and/or Advanced Logic.
Studies end with preparing Master’s Dissertation and passing the Master’s Exam.
Philosophy second-cycle program graduate possesses deep and extensive knowledge and abilities in the range of subjects that comprise foundations of philosophical education. In accordance with personal interests she also knows particular philosophical trends, theories and issues as well as current debates concerning them. Philosophy graduate is able to analyse and interpret cultural phenomenons and write philosophical papers on her own. She is also capable of comprehending and translating foreign language papers, can think creatively and critically and has ability to formulate, explain and ground her own views.
Philosophy graduate is well prepared for taking up PhD studies and for research and didactic work in the field of philosophy in higher education schools. She can also teach Ethics and Introduction to Philosophy in schools.
Students who are not native speakers of English will also gain very good command of that language what makes them much more valuable from the point of view of potential employers.