Distinctive features of this programme include:
a) School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies - Film Studies
Film Studies at St Andrews offers a comprehensive study of global cinema in all its forms. Our teaching is strongly shaped by the cutting edge research of our staff and students can expect to have the opportunity to engage with a number of specialist topics including for example film theory, film history, and an extensive assortment of periods, authors, and genres.
b) School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies - Philosophy
The exploration of some of the oldest and deepest questions that the human mind has raised, emphasising skills of criticism and analysis, clear thinking and argument - skills which complement other studies in the humanities or sciences and which are of great use in future careers. Students can expect to have the opportunity to engage with a number of specialist topics including for example questions such as: What differentiates truth from falsehood, reality from mere appearance? How is the mind related to the body? Are we really free to make decisions or is freedom an illusion? Are the things we regard as valuable good in themselves, or good by mere convention? Is there a God? Do we have immortal souls? Such inquiry has been pursued by the most brilliant intellects of the last 2500 years, and the aim of philosophy courses at St Andrews is to familiarise students with the arguments and conclusions of these famous thinkers, and to provide students with the means of thinking critically and rationally about these topics themselves. Staff in St Andrews are at the forefront of research in their varied fields of philosophy, and this expertise and enthusiasm is put to great use in teaching courses at all levels.