Welcome to the homepage of the Department of Philosophy at St Joseph’s Theological Institute, Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Please download the General Prospectus of the Department of Philosophy here

The department offers one qualification, the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. After a long process of Evaluation and Programme Review that began in April 2008, the Department of Philosophy has implemented, with approval from the Academic Council, significant changes to the structure of its qualifications to improve the service delivery and provide methodological skills early in the programme. An overview of the curriculum may be viewed by clicking on the link above.

SJTI’s BA (Phil) offers more specialization in contemporary social and ethical matters and is thus seen as complementary to the Theological studies, forming students in critical thinking on a number of pressing contemporary issues, allowing them engage as equals in current debate with clear, responsible and logically consequent thought. The diversity of approach also makes this qualification attractive to those who would like to explore the discipline of philosophy from a wide range of approaches.

B.A. (Phil)

The qualification is a six semester qualification and cannot be completed in less than three years, and requires 405 credits.

Exit level outcomes are as follows:

A solid knowledge of the main areas of philosophy, particularly in ethics and in the history of philosophy
An ability to comprehend and digest basic philosophical positions
To be able to assess the logical implications of basic philosophical positions
To understand the ways in which social, political and ethical policies are built on philosophical presuppositions
An ability to present arguments in a logical and clear manner
To be able to engage critically with the ideas that give shape to our lives as individuals and as society
A solid knowledge of the contribution of Africans to the philosophical outlooks that give shape to our society
A solid appreciation of the need for rational and logical thought in addressing the social problems of our times
The ability to critically analyse and synthesise information
The ability to present and communicate philosophical ideas coherently
A well-rounded and systematic knowledge-base in philosophy and a detailed knowledge of some specialist areas such as ethics and the philosophy of religion
The ability to articulate this detailed knowledge in the research paper
Further information on the curriculum may be viewed by clicking the link below.

Please note: No students will be enrolled in the Higher Certificate in General Philosophy from 2018