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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2020: Virtues and Vices

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:

1. Introduction

2. Virtue Ethics: for and against

3. What is a virtue? What is a vice?

4. Virtues and duties.

5. Virtues and happiness.

6. The cardinal virtues: wisdom, justice, courage and temperance

7. The economic virtues and vices: thrift, generosity, greed and avarice

8. The sexual virtues and vices: chastity, modesty and lust

9. The military virtues and vices: courage, cowardice and foolhardiness

10. Virtues pagan and Christian

11. Conclusion

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

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

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching2211 x 2 hours per week comprising of lectures and seminars
Guided Independent study128Reading, preparing classwork, writing essays and preparing for the exam

Online Resources

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