Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL1013: Philosophy of Morality
This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.
The module is divided into three parts. In the first part (weeks 1 and 2) we will look at the nature of morality and the objects and methods of moral philosophy: what counts as moral, what we need moral philosophy for, and similar questions. The second part (weeks 3-5) will introduce a variety of moral theories with particular emphasis on Utilitarianism, Kantianism, and Virtue Ethics. The third part (6-10) is dedicated to the study of particular moral problems which we will try to solve with the help of the ethical theories discussed in part two. Possible topics for discussion will be the moral status of animals, of human embryos, and the dead; torture and the death penalty; world poverty; euthanasia and assisted suicide; and sexual morality.
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 activity||11||Weekly 60 minute lectures|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity||16.5||Weekly seminars 90 minute|
|Guided Independent study||122.5||A variety of private study activities guided by your module leader.|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).