Philosophy MA/BSc/MA(SocSci)

Moral Philosophy PHIL4024

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to central issues and arguments in contemporary ethics. 


16x1hr lectures, 4x1hr seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Philosophy and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Exam (2 hour duration) - 60%

Essay (2000 words) - 40%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce students to the central issues and arguments in contemporary ethics.

■ enable students to understand and engage with contemporary theories of moral judgements.

■ introduce students to contemporary theories on the nature of moral properties.

■ enable students to grasp and evaluate accounts of moral reasoning.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Expound and critically assess doctrines concerning: 
· Moore's anti-naturalism; 
· Moral realism; 
· Antirealism; 
· Sensibility theories; 
· Constructivism; 
· External and internal reasons; 
· Virtue Ethics. 

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.