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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2114: Aristotle's Ethics

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

Module Aims

This module aims to introduce you to one of the most influential books of Western philosophy, Aristotle’s Ethics, and to encourage you to think carefully about some of the key issues in moral philosophy. Study on this module will enrich your grasp of central ideas and concepts that are vital to both a historical appreciation of the development of philosophical of ethics, and to understanding contemporary debates on ethics. You will enhance your skills of interpretation, analysis and evaluation through careful and detailed close textual study of what is perhaps the most important work of moral philosophy.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. engage in in-depth study of a text through detailed reading and analysis;
2. understand the historical and social context of production of the philosophical book;
3. question/criticise the text’s approach from different perspectives.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. reason about the abstract and concrete problems addressed in texts;
5. write well-argued essays using appropriate philosophical arguments and language;
6. reason about the abstract and concrete problems addressed in texts.
Personal and Key Skills7. construct and evaluate arguments;
8. formulate and express ideas at different levels of abstraction;
9. assess, analyse, discuss, and criticise the views of others;
10. demonstrate the ability to work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.