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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

PHLM015: Contemporary Ethics

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22 11 x 2 hours per week comprising of lectures and seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities21 x 2 -hour workshop with student presentations
Guided Independent Study16Analyse one course reading and write a succinct summary of the key arguments of the text
Guided Independent Study60Reading of the module texts for each week
Guided Independent Study50Writing independent research essay. Conduct guided and independent research on a theme from the course; write a scholarly essay to be submitted after the end of term

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).