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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

IDEA3301 Reasons, Virtues and Obligation

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Graham Bex-Priestley

Taught: 1 Sep to 30 Nov View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

IDEA5301MReason, Virtues and Obligation

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


To introduce central concepts and approaches in ethics and to provide a preliminary understanding of ideas which will continue to be considered and developed in relation to particular problems and issues through the programme.

On completion of this module, students should have an ability to:
- understand some of the central concepts involved in the study of ethics;
- evaluate critically some of the main theoretical approaches to ethics;
- apply this understanding to the development of thoughtful and well presented arguments which reflect their own critical engagement with the material studied.


Topics such as:
Reason and value; practical reasoning; virtues, choice and character; ought and must; obligation, rights and duties.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours134.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Detailed study of required readings plus advance preparation of discussion questions for seminars. Preparation of answers to set coursework assignment questions. Independent reading and research for the preparation of assessed essay(s).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

2 x 500 word assignment and 1 x 2000 word essay.

Essay plan (300 words); Gobbet plans (2x 100 words).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignmentx2 500 word Gobbets40.00
Essay2000 words60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 07/02/2024 11:40:27


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