Core courses [75.0]
List of focuses
Students must choose one of the following focuses :
Research Focus [30.0]
The research focus offers training in research with seminars and specialised courses in the context of a particular subject area chosen by the student. The courses in this focus should be spread over the 2 blocks of the Master’s degree.
Students should choose a subject area (30 credits) from the following list:
- "Basic trends" which offers general training in philosophy research.
- "Aesthetics and philosophy" of art which offers specific training in research in this area in the context of interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly with the History of Art and Musicology programmes.
- "Science, technology, society" which offers specific training in research in this area in the context of the European interuniversity programme "European Studies of Society, Science and Technology", organised by the ESST network. Students who choose this subject area may spend one term of the Master’s programme at a university in the ESST network with which UCLouvain has entered into a specific exchange programme, such as the University of Strasbourg, Maastricht University or the University of Oslo. For further information, visit the website of the ESST network or contact the International Coordinator at the School of Philosophy, Professor Peter Verdée, or UCLouvain’s ESST programme coordinator, Professor Alexandre Guay.
- "Philosophy of science" which offers specific training in research in this area in the context of an interuniversity programme which links UCLouvain, ULB (Université libre de Bruxelles) and ULiège (Université de Liège).
Teaching Focus [30.0]
IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with article 138 para. 4 of the decree of 7 November 2013 concerning higher education and the academic organisation of studies, teaching practice placements will not be assessed in the September session. Students are required to make every effort to successfully complete the teaching practice in the June session, subject to having to retake the year.
The teaching focus is concerned with preparation for teaching at the higher levels of secondary education. The programme is designed to develop the following skills:
- design, planning and assessment of practice;
- ability to assess practices and their context;
- understanding of the educational institution, its setting and players.
Three kinds of activities are involved:
- teaching practice at the higher levels of secondary education (50 hours);
They are divided into two categories:
- teaching practice, multidisciplinary courses and seminars, common to all subjects. They have the code LAGRE (13 credits);
- subject-based teaching practice, courses and seminars (17 credits).
The teaching focus of the 120-credit Master's degree includes training leading to a qualification for teaching in secondary education (Agrégation de l'enseignement secondaire supérieur - AESS) (300 hours - 30 credits), pursuant to the Decrees of 8 February 2001 and of 17 December 2003 (concerning the basis for neutrality) relating to the initial training of upper secondary school teachers in the French Community of Belgium.
These 30 credits also make up the AESS programme in Performing Arts, which can be taken after a 60- or 120-credit Master's degree.
In practical terms, successful completion of the Master's degree with a teaching focus also leads to the award of professional status as a qualified secondary school teacher. Assessment of the skills in the AESS programme is spread over the two blocks of the Master's degree. However, graduates with the full qualification (titre requis), at present the AESS or a Master's in Performing Arts with a teaching focus, may currently teach History of Literature and History of the Theatre at arts academies.
Professional Focus : German and French Philosophy : Contemporary Issues [30.0]
This focus is reserved exclusively for students who are entitled to enrol on the "Master’s degree German and French Philosophy: Contemporary Issues", within the Erasmus Mundus programme, of which the Philosophy School is a partner.
The detailed programme (30 credits) is created from the information available on the Europhilosophie website.
Regardless of the focus chosen, students must complete their programme with 15 credits.
Students may take the option in cultures et éthique du numérique (15 credits) or or take optional courses worth 15 credits.
Note: If certain optional courses offered in options or taken as optional courses are also available in the core curriculum or in a professional focus, they must not comprise more than 6 credits.
Optional courses [15.0]Students must choose at least 15 credits from :
Option in Digital Culture and Ethics [15.0]
The digital has transformed our lives and culture to the extent to which everything takes place nowadays in “digital space,” as our own space, time, and existence are all deeply digitalized. In the “culture of connectivity,” the digital is ubiquitous, we are, one way or another, always online, while technology is no longer just ‘at hand’, but already intimately infiltrating and fusing with our thoughts, our sensations, and even our bodies.
The Digital Culture and Ethics Option offers courses focusing on such profound changes brought about by the digital in all walks of life and academic disciplines alike. It invites the students to reflect critically and creatively on the resulting large-scale evolutions and equips them with the right skills and tools for approaching their subject matters from cutting-edge and presently much needed, genuinely effective and encompassing perspectives.
The topics and practical applications taught in this option also open up the scope of our specialized fields to wider cross-disciplinary viewpoints, thus making us ready to be professionally versatile and successful in a deeply transformed digital world.
Preparatory Module (only for students who qualify for the course via complementary coursework)To access this Master, students must have a good command of certain subjects. If this is not the case, they must add supplementary classes at the beginning of their Master’s programme in order to obtain the prerequisites for these studies.
What is a preparatory module?
It is a set of supplementary classes (courses, practical works, seminars, etc.) from the first cycle (see the non-exhaustive list below). The complementary module (maximum 60 credits) is tailor-made by the jury according to the student's educational background and added to the Master’s programme in order to acquire fundamental knowledge to then pursue the 120 credits of the Master’s programme.
Who is it for?
- Students from a non-university higher education institution
- Candidates admitted with additional training
- Candidates admitted on the file with additional training
All the explanations are in this document (in French).