Norms and Values - PHIL8060

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 7 30 (15) Alexandra Couto checkmark-circle


This module will provide a student with the opportunity to become involved in contemporary philosophical research by means of foundational theories in moral and value theory. Topics to be discussed include the nature of values and moral reasoning, moral realism, anti-realism and scepticism, rights and duties, freedom, justice and sovereignty, legality and legitimacy, beauty and the sublime.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 280
Total Study Hours: 300


This module is compulsory for students studying on the MA in Philosophy.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Essay (4,000 words) – 100%

Reassessment methods:
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Any edition of the following:
Dworkin, R. Taking Rights Seriously
Hart, H.L.A. The Concept of Law
Parfit, D. On What Matters
Rawls, J. A Theory of Justice
von Wright, G.H. Varieties of Goodness

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

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

1 Demonstrate comprehensive familiarity with advanced theories in moral and value theory;
2 Demonstrate expanded understanding of core issues in moral and value theory, and its history, and the ability to grapple with these issues.

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

1 Demonstrate originality in their writing skills;
2 Consider the views of others, whether spoken or written, and develop a critique that furthers investigation;
3 Demonstrate their capacity to conduct extensive research and original, independent study;
4 Construct and evaluate methodologies and arguments as well as propose new hypotheses.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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