Postgraduate Module Descriptor
ANTM111: Animal Ethics
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:
- Reading and Writing Philosophy and Ethics
- The Metaethical Triumvirate: Utilitarianism, Deontology and Virtue Ethics. Exploring the classic theories in ethics (and a realist’s disclaimer).
- Non-Human Life and Philosophy: a history of animals and other living things in philosophical discourse.
- Souls 1: Philosophy of Mind, Rationality, Language and Human Exceptionalism: Are humans different to other animals and why might that matter?
- Utilitarianism and Singer: Are pleasure and pain the things which matter?
- Animal Liberation and Kantian Means to Ends: Understanding intrinsic and instrumental value and how using animals fits in.
- Vegetarianism and Veganism: What justification is there for or against these ‘lifestyles’?
- Souls 2: Sentience, Interests and the Boundaries of Personhood: Discussing the possible problems with the concept of sentience and where we should draw the boundaries of personhood.
- The Peculiar Weight of Death and Killing: To whom is death harmful? Is it particularly harmful? How and why?
- Wisdom and Moral Pluralism: Do we need to stick to one of these ethical theories? Are our lives with animals important for us being good people?
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 & Teaching activities||10||10 x 1 hour podcast audio lectures with accompanying powerpoint presentations|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||10||10 x 1 hour discussion/seminar participations|
|Guided Independent Study||20||Preparation for formative assessments|
|Guided Independent Study||88||Research and writing of summative assessments|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||20||10 x 2 hours participating in the VLE discussion forums (formative assessments)|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||2||2 x 1 hour assessment preparation tutorials|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).
Online journals and ebooks including Oxford Handbook of Animal Ethics, Journal of Animal Ethics, Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.