Undergraduate Course: Ancient Ethics (PHIL10101)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course will examine theories of virtue and the good in ancient thinkers. We will use Aristotle┐s Nicomachean Ethics as our main text, but comparisons will be made with the views of Plato and of Hellenistic philosophers. Topics discussed will include the human good, moral and intellectual virtues, responsibility, pleasure, friendship, and the place of philosophy in the good life. The impact of ancient theories of virtue on later thought will also be considered.
The course is based on a systematic coverage of the main themes of Aristotle┐s Nicomachean Ethics. Topics discussed will include the human good, moral and intellectual virtues, responsibility, pleasure, friendship, and the place of philosophy in the good life. The impact of ancient theories of virtue on later thought will also be considered.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 11,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1. Mid-term essay of 1,500 words (40%)
2. Final Essay of 2,500 words (60%)
|No Exam Information
| By the end of the course, students should have acquired
? an understanding of some major issues in ancient theories of virtue
? an understanding of how these issues relate to continuing debates
? an ability to read closely, analyse and criticise ancient philosophical texts.
They should also have further developed the following skills
? written skills
? the ability to take part in group discussion
? the ability to present and defend arguments
? the ability to understand and analyse arguments
|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Mason
|Course secretary||Miss Ann-Marie Cowe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961