Philosophy in Practice
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIPPSB301
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
dr. Y.M. de Boer
Other course modules lecturer
dr. Y.M. de Boer
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. Y.M. de Boer
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2023
SEM2  (29/01/2024 to 01/09/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-

At the end of this course, you will have knowledge of and insight into the professional field of qualified philosophers. (OER Art. 11.1.d):

  • You can articulate the value of a PPS alumnus in relevant work fields;
  • You can reflect on the types of ways of putting philosophy into practice;
  • You are able to present themselves as a qualified philosopher.

This course prepares students for life beyond the Philosophy, Politics and Society bachelor programme. A PPS student will be trained in academic writing, abstract thought, conceptual design and critical thinking. Depending of their choice of modules they will have also been trained in issue-specific application of these skills. In this course students will reflect on the question of what it means to do philosophy outside the context of the academic classroom.

The course is divided into two parts. Part one offers students a taste of possible careers. Students have different ambitions and many are still figuring out what their ambitions are. Through a series of guest lectures and interview sessions we will get acquainted with work in various fields of policy, journalism, politics, academia, and so on. Each lecture will offer students a chance to reflect on the opportunities their education offers them to take on the major challenges that are central to the modules that they have finished by this stage of their bachelor. With each example, the student is asked to pose themselves questions such as: What sort of philosopher am I? What would I like my role in an organisation or company to be?

The second part is concerned with general skills one needs in one’s professional life such as writing a CV, writing a motivation letter, being interviewed and conducting an interview, and so on. By training these skills, students will build a portfolio that serves as the foundation for a formative assessment and that will prove useful as students leave their bachelor for a master programme, internship or job.


Presumed foreknowledge
This course builds on the six elective modules that PPS students have chosen in their second and third year. Each module contains a practically oriented course that challenges students to apply their knowledge and skills to real life cases. This course ties those courses together and prepares you for master level courses, internships and the job market.
Test information
Philosophy in Practice is offered two times a year, in both semesters of the academic year. You are encouraged to:
a. take this course in the same semester as the one you write your bachelor thesis in, because together they form a 15 EC package that nicely fits in your study programme.
Required materials
Bolles, Richard Nelson. What color is your parachute? 2022: a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers.
Title:What color is your parachute?
Author:Bolles, Richard Nelson

Instructional modes
Lecture and seminar
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight1
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock SEM2, Block SEM2