Philosophy 1B: How Should I Live? PHIL1011

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce students to core issues in moral and political philosophy, including the question of why we should be concerned with acting morally. We will explore what makes one's life and the lives of others valuable, and the consequences of our answer to this for views of how we should live with others and what meaning a life can be said to have.

Timetable

Lectures: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at either 10am or 2pm; and weekly one hour seminar (choice of times) over 9 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

PHIL1002

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Essay (1,500 words) - 40%

Seminar participation (in-class multiple choice quiz) -10%

Exam (90 minutes) -50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

 

Seminar participation is not available for reassessment.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

 

■ Study and engage with issues, theories and types of argument characteristic of moral and political philosophy.

■ Introduce students to issues concerning the value and importance of moral discourse.

■ Introduce students to issues in political philosophy concerning how we should treat others.

■ Study and engage with different theories on the value of human lives.

■ Develop skills of interpretation, criticism, clarity, relevance, concise expression and sound argumentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Explain, with examples, some common forms of argument, good and bad, used in ethical discussion.

■ Explain and evaluate theories on the importance of moral discourse.

■ Discuss philosophically some important contemporary moral problems and theories.

■ State and evaluate arguments concerning important issues in political philosophy.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.