Department of Philosophy was established in 1908 for Bachelor of Arts courses at Judson College. Professor Dr. St. John was firstly appointed as the head of the department of Philosophy. In 1945, Dr. Hla Bu was appointed as first Myanmar professor of the department of Philosophy at Yangon University and he retired in 1956. At the present, Prof. Dr. Lé Lé Wynn is taking as the head of the Philosophy Department and there are now 12 faculty members in the department.
The Department of Philosophy, University of Yangon, will be achieved its goals in which student success and broadening its recognition for excellence in teaching, wide-ranging application of philosophy discipline, and community service are focal points through research, teaching, and wider activities or service for local needs.
Primary Academic Achievement
We hope to see ourselves, in near future, a successful department works together with energetic and productive faculty who offer the best MA and PhD. In addition to these regular courses, Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Philosophy courses of developing human resources program also fulfill our ambition which is wide-ranging application of our discipline, and community service. At that time, we expect to foster the research programs of our faculty in national as well as trans-national level through interdisciplinary approach to make the collaborative research together with other disciplines or universities in our country or in abroad. Eventually, this produces high level conference presentations and highly visible publications. Moreover, the resulting highly academic capacity and excitement promotes to create the new courses, produces new modes of interdisciplinary cooperation, and establishes new opportunities for public discourse.
In addition, our faculty explores the extensive scope of philosophical topics. Their current research programs address Eastern and Western traditional and contemporary problems in Applied Philosophical studies such as Applied Ethics, Aesthetics, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Environmental Ethics and Aesthetics, Philosophy of Journalism, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Religion, Feminist Philosophy, and more. Thus it shows that the scope of philosophy itself chiefly concerns with Interdisciplinary Approach or Multidisciplinary Approach which is crucial important in 21st century Higher Education Sector. From ancient times, philosophers have addressed the big questions, and today their inquiries illuminate myriad subject matters and yield practical as well as theoretical consequences. But, attention to analysis, evaluation, argumentation, and proof can aid in the negotiation of any subject matter. Since it is not taught in primary or in secondary school, many students come to University of Yangon unaware of our discipline. They discover philosophy only by chance when they try out a one-course requirement that extends an otherwise vocational courses of study or wide-ranging application it in their professions. Our more advanced courses support an undergraduate major as well as an MA and PhD programs that is ranked among the top 1 in the nation.
The Philosophy Department, University of Yangon, is to explore and advance the applications of our discipline by leading to innovative research, teaching, and supporting academic service to society. Our faculty will be expected to publish their research outcome in highly selective journals of national as well as trans-national level, which are dealing with diverse perspectives, both traditional philosophical issues and non-traditional philosophical issues of current applications. They teach courses that engage and empower students with an instructional or student-centered approach that serves casual students, undergraduate majors and minors, masters, and doctoral candidates. And they serve wider constituencies by participating in a variety of learning societies and in academic conferences, forums, and seminars, offering analysis and debate that promises deeper understanding of current critical topics. By extending these departmental activities to interdisciplinary activities together with other disciplines, promote our university status as a leading public research university. We encourage students to go forward their study as a life-long learning process by creating a rich mentoring environment and a challenging, rewarding curriculum. We emphasize the necessity of all students to learn critical thinking skills, creative skills, decision-making skills, problem- skills, analytic and synthesis skills, self-study skills, and communicative skills in which writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills in English language is focused. We take forward situations in which students have opportunities to apply these invaluable skills with case-based learning solving techniques and with continual discussion of latest worldwide circumstances. The Department strongly supports diversity or interdisciplinary approach in curriculum and aims to sustain that task through supplemental or extra-curricular activities, supporting student engagement across campus, and explicitly recognizing our roles as philosophy student in our society.
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