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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL3035: Critical Bioethics

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 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 themes:

  • History and themes of bioethics
  • Abortion
  • Bioethics, philosophy and empirical social sciences
  • Direct to consumer genetic testing : sex selection
  • Genetic engineering
  • Global Bioethics
  • Prenatal testing

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 activity 22Weekly 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar. Each student will once submit a summary of a reading prior to the seminar.
Guided Independent study128Independent, guided study: Weekly reading (44 hours), preparation of seminar presentation (20 hours), research for the essay (64 hours)

Online Resources

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