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Level 4

4AANA002 Ethics I


Credit value: 15
Module Tutor: Dr Clayton Littlejohn


  • Summative assessment: 1 x 2-hour examination (100%) 
  • Formative assessment: 1 x 1,500 word essay


  • Summative assessment: 1 x 2-hour examination (100%) 
  • Formative assessment: 1 x 1,500 word essay

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: one two-hour weekly lecture and one one-hour weekly seminar per week over ten weeks.

The module will introduce students to some of the classical concerns of moral philosophy and to controversies about the nature of moral philosophy and about the best way to proceed in it.

Further information

Module Aims

  • To communicate to students some of the central issues of moral philosophy

  • To teach them to read with close and disciplined attention inevitably difficult philosophical texts

  • To be intellectually open in a way that is necessary to anyone who studies a discipline that is continuously self-critical and reflective about its assumptions.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicable skills appropriate to a Level 4 module and in particular will be able to demonstrate:

  • that they understand some of the central problems of moral philosophy, why they have arisen and why they continue to occupy moral philosophers.

  • that they are able to make the detailed distinctions necessary for disciplined thought in philosophy while at the same time understanding the wider systematic issues raised.

  • that they understand the relation between philosophical thought about morality and the moral life.

Past Syllabi

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.


The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

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