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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2039: Bioethics: DNA-technologies, Ethics and Human Identity

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 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:


  • Self and Identity
  • Human Nature
  • Genetic engineering
  • Designer Babies
  • Race
  • Transnational adoption
  • Genetics in Society
  • Biology and Ideology

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 activity22Weekly 40 min lecture and weekly 80-minute seminar.
Guided Independent study48Weekly reading
Guided Independent study25Preparation of presentation and recording
Guided Independent study55Research for essay

Online Resources

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