All students at the College study three compulsory core modules in addition to their other undergraduate studies. The core modules are Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking, and Science Literacy. Your studies in these modules will contribute to your grade for the NCH Diploma which is awarded alongside your degree.
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principal theories of ethics including their historical and conceptual foundations, and to explore their application to important questions in private and public life. The module covers:
- Theories of ethics
- Problems and debates in business ethics
- Environmental ethics
- Medical ethics
- Public ethics
- Civil liberties and human rights
- The nature of the good and the good life
Professor A C Grayling, Professor Peter Singer and Dr Naomi Goulder teach the Applied Ethics module through participative lectures.
Logic & Critical Thinking
The aim of this module is to introduce the methods and principles of good reasoning. It develops your ability to identify truth-preserving patterns of argument, evaluate evidence, and effectively communicate ideas. It covers:
- Concepts and techniques of formal logic
- The tropes of informal logic
- Critical thinking
Professor A C Grayling and Professor Ken Gemes teach the Logic & Critical Thinking module through participative lectures.
The aim of this module is for you to develop an intelligent insight into central areas of science, principally cosmology, fundamental physics and quantum theory, evolutionary biology, genetics and human evolution. The module is designed for non-scientists, requiring minimal mathematical skills. It covers:
- Social Science
Professor Lawrence M Krauss and Professor Richard Dawkins teach this module through participative lectures. Professor Lawrence M. Krauss delivered seven lectures on the topic “Big Bang: Life, the Universe and Everything” as part of the Science Literacy module. Professor Richard Dawkins FRS will deliver four lectures in Michaelmas term as part of the Science Literacy module.
NB Core modules contribute to your performance in the NCH Diploma, but are not credit-bearing for the University of London awarded parts of your degree course.