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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL1004: Philosophical Problems 1

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will address some or all of the¬†following questions through the medium of concrete examples and dilemmas:

  • What is the nature of being?
  • What is the nature of personal identity?
  • What is the nature of meaning and language?
  • What does it mean to know things?
  • How do we ascertain what is right or wrong?
  • What is the relationship between moral responsibility and autonomy?
  • What is the nature of consciousness?
  • What is freedom?
  • What is equality?
  • Is there a relationship between beauty and moral goodness?

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
22128

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesScheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 2211 x 2 hours per week comprising of lectures and seminars
Guided Independent Study 44 Preparation for lectures and tutorials
Guided Independent Study 84Preparation for presentation and examination

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

ELE – https://vle.exeter.ac.uk/