Living Philosophy - PHIL3180

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


Philosophy is often considered to be something that offers consolation in one's life, outside the academy at least. This module takes seriously the idea that philosophy might be useful in thinking about how we should live, and draws on classic works of philosophy from different traditions that purport to offer life advice. We will both critically engage with those works of philosophy, and consider how this advice might lead to positive changes in how we live.


Contact hours

Private Study: 130
Contact Hours: 20
Total: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Essay (1,800 words) 50%
Video or Audio-only Reflection (15 min recording ) 50%

Reassessment methods
Critical Reflective Essay (2,500 words)

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Understand, to a basic level, some of the major philosophical approaches to how to practice living well;
2 Engage with some of the central issues surrounding these approaches, through their study of the relevant arguments and engagement in the practices involved;
3 Demonstrate basic understanding of the proposed approaches to how to practice living well, through their study of these arguments and practices

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate skills in critical analysis and argument through reading and listening to others;
2 Demonstrate their ability to make basic ideas understandable in their writing;
3 Demonstrate their ability to connect basic ideas to their own lives;
4 Demonstrate their ability to work autonomously and to take responsibility for their learning.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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