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Undergraduate Course: Morality and Value (PHIL08015)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this course is to introduce students to some of the problems and concepts in moral philosophy that are central to philosophy as a discipline. The examination of these problems and concepts will develop students' ability to understand and critically evaluate philosophical ideas and arguments.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Priority will be given to Year 1 students, in particular those who need to take this course as a requirement of their degree programme.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Midterm Essay 30%
Final Exam 70%

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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand some of the main traditions and theories in moral philosophy.
  2. Reconstruct an argument from a text, and do so in a way that balances charity of interpretation with fidelity to the text.
  3. Engage critically with a philosophical argument.
  4. Think creatively to develop their positive ideas in a rigorous philosophical manner.
  5. Anticipate and respond to the best objections to their own ideas.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Through the lectures, tutorials, readings and assessments, students will start learning how to critically analyse texts and philosophical theories. They will learn how to look for the wider context, arguments for and against a viewpoint, to then decide on a position┬┐s soundness. They will also learn how to view and apply philosophical theories in a modern context, and they will need to have an open mind to the different perspectives and interpretations of an argument before deciding their stance. Through the assessments and tutorials they will start learning how to write academic essays and develop their public speaking and debating skills (and how to debate respectfully).

Core skills gained on this course:
Critical thinking and analysis, considering alternative perspectives, deconstructing and formulating arguments, public speaking, debating respectfully, written communication, writing academically, deconstructing complex theories and concepts.
Additional Class Delivery Information Lecturers:
Dr Guy Fletcher
Dr Debbie Roberts
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Course organiserDr Guy Fletcher
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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