Postgraduate Module Descriptor
PHLM006: Contemporary Ethics
This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.
Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:
Practical and theoretical themes relating to current problems.
The role of human nature arguments in current practical ethics such as interspecies ethics, violence, and responsibility in relation to oneself, others and global ethics on the one hand the importance of meaning, rules and normativity on the other.
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||20||10 x 2 hour taught sessions- 30 minute lectures and 1.5 hour seminar discussion of readings for each 2-hour session. Students need to prepare by reading assigned texts|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||4||Facilitated 4 hour group discussion, student presentations|
|Guided Independent Study||34||Analyse course reading and write a succinct summary of the key arguments of the text., to be submitted early on in the course|
|Guided Independent Study||80||Analyse course reading, study critical debate on them, write a brief review essay to be submitted midterm of the course|
|Guided Independent Study||42||Conduct guided and independent research, to prepare essay theme and individual presentation on it in a dedicated course session|
|Guided Independent Study||120||Writing independent research essay Conduct guided and independent research on a theme from the course, write a scholarly essay to be submitted at the end of term.|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).