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Practical Philosophy

In the minor Practical Philosophy students get acquainted with the field of practical philosophy (ethics, political and social philosophy), and acquire an overview of the history of philosophy.

In the courses Practical Philosophy 1 and 2 you will learn about normative theories about the good life and about moral obligation, and about the role of emotions and virtues in moral life (ethics). Furthermore, you will get an introduction into social and political philosophy, dealing with questions about living together. What is a just society? When can political institutions be considered legitimate? What is the role of power structures in social relations?

In the course Literature Study: History of Philosophy you will acquire an overview of the history of philosophy. Furthermore you will follow 12 EC of more specialist courses in the field of practical philosophy.

This minor is offered by the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty’s minors consist of 30 ECTS credits and earn you a second qualification that will be listed on the transcript accompanying your degree certificate. 

Study Schedule

Semester 1

  • Practical Philosophy 1 (6 EC)
  • Practical Philosophy 2 (6 EC)
  • Literature Study History of Philosophy (6 EC)

Semester 2

  • Democracy and Diversity (6 EC)
  • Philosophy of Gender, Race and Intersectionality (6 EC)

Master's Programmes

This minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students in the social sciences or the humanities who want to apply for admission to the two year Master's programme Philosophy of the Humanities and the Social Sciences, provided that they have also taken a course in philosophy of science in their Bachelor's programme. 

The minor Practical Philosophy can be extended to 60 EC. If you have an academic Bachelor's degree other than Philosophy, the extended minor will make you eligible for admission to the master’s programme Philosophy / Filosofie.

Always check the entry requirements on the Application and Admission page of the Master’s programme you are interested in.

Entry requirements

This minor is open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. This entails that you must have obtained at least 48 ECTS in your propaedeutic year. 

The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. If you are an HBO student and if you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes, as completing a minor is not enough to grant you access to Master’s programmes. 


The enrolment for the academic year of 2022-2023 will start in the course of 2022.

Facts & Figures
Credits 30 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September