Faculty of Arts

Chair's Message

Hi everyone.

My name is Tina, and I’m chair of the Department of Philosophy, History and Politics (PHP). I would like to begin by acknowledging and honouring the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc upon whose traditional, unceded territory the PHP department, and TRU (Kamloops campus), is situated. I’m ever grateful to the Secwépemc peoples for their hospitality as we live, work, and learn on their lands. In PHP, we are committed to furthering the work decolonization, reconciliation, and Indigenization in our teaching, research, and all that we do.

PHP is home to three major programs (Philosophy, History, and Economic and Political Studies), and three minor programs (Philosophy, History and Political Studies). We offer so many interesting courses, including the Philosophy of Law, Humanitarian Intervention, and the History of Marriage and Gender — to name just a few!

Outside of the classroom, PHP organizes several social events throughout the year, many of which are associated with the student-led PHP Undergraduate Conference which takes place annually in January. One highlight is the legendary Beer Conference during the fall term, which involves students and faculty gathering at a local pub to learn about the philosophy, history, and politics of beer — and, perhaps more importantly, to socialize! In PHP, we couldn’t be prouder of our students for initiating and successfully running this amazing conference year after year.

I feel so fortunate to be part of a department as warm, collegial, and student-centred as PHP. As chair, I’m delighted to answer any questions that you might have about our programs, so please don’t hesitate to reach out. I wish you all the very best!

Tina Block
Chair, Department of Philosophy, History and Politics