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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2022: Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

What is evolution?

Evolutionary explanations of human nature

Selfish genes

Altruism and group selection

Adaptation and function

Genes, genetics and molecular biology

Evolution and development

Ecology: biodiversity, niche construction, conservation

Species and the tree of life

Philosophy of biology in practice

Summarizing philosophy of biology; revision; essay and exam discussion


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 activity16.5The module will be taught and learned via weekly one-and-a-half-hour seminars, which will consist of a
Guided Independent study133.5A variety of activities directed by module convener.

Online Resources

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