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PH132 - Ideas of Freedom

  • Module code: PH132
  • Module name: Ideas of Freedom
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to help students understand and engage critically with some of the central debates on freedom in modern philosophy, in the areas of political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of mind and metaphysics. It will involve a study of a selection of key texts. The module also aims to foster an understanding of the interrelations between problems relating to freedom as they are considered in these areas of philosophy and across different historical periods.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should have a good analytic and historical understanding of core debates about the nature of freedom in several areas: politics, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics and philosophy of mind

Timetabled teaching activities

Teaching activities comprise weekly 2 hour lectures.

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Other essential notes

Please note that attendance at both lectures and seminars and completion of any unasssessed or required work is a requirement of this module

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PH132-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) 1500 word essay 15%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 85%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Undergraduate History and Philosophy (V1V5) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Global Sustainable Development (V5L8) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy (GV17) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (V700) - Year 1
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 1