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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2123: Philosophy of Medicine

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

Module Aims

The module aims to provide you with the conceptual and theoretical foundations needed to critically analyse and assess medicine in the 21st century. To do so you will not only engage with key literature in Philosophy of Medicine but also with real-life case studies. The module will furthermore encourage you to think critically about contemporary medicine and its role and place in society.

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. acquire a set of conceptual tools to analyse the nature of medical practice and research
2. distinguish and critically evaluate key positions within philosophy of medicine
Discipline-Specific Skills3. apply philosophical reasoning to practical issues outside of academia
4. demonstrate a capacity to analyse and critique arguments and positions
Personal and Key Skills5. learn to think, write, and argue logically through class discussions and written assignments
6. reconsider your personal understanding of medicine and its place in our society