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Level 6

6AAN4063 Values, Needs and Desires


Credit value: 30
Module tutor: Dr David Galloway 
Lecturers: Dr Clayton Littlejohn and Professor David Owens


  • Summative assessment: one three-hour exam (100%) in May/June
  • Formative assessment: one 2,500-word essay


  • Summative assessment: one three-hour exam in May /June (100%)
  • Formative assessment: one 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
Pre-requisites: none

Values, Needs and Desires is an introductory, fast paced, high level course on basic topics in philosophical ethics.  

Detailed information on the current year’s module can be accessed on KEATS by all students and staff.   

Further information

Module aims

The module will help students to:

  • develop their abilities to interpret, synthesise and criticise complex texts and positions;
  • present and critically assess ideas orally and in writing in a clear and rigorous way;
  • develop their group presentation skills;
  • undertake, with appropriate guidance, independent work, including identifying and using appropriate resources.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicable skills appropriate to a Level 6 module and in particular will be able to demonstrate an advanced ability to:

  • analyse texts and arguments (including the use of formal techniques).
  • summarise and present arguments.
  • research, plan and present essays to specified deadlines.
  • an understanding of how contemporary epistemology develops out of the philosophical tradition, and of the various possible forms of a prominent approach to epistemology.
Past syllabi

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

Detailed information on the current year’s module can be accessed on KEATS by all students and staff.   



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 depending between years.

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