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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL1013: Philosophy of Morality

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 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: Normative Ethics (including Utilitarianism, Kantianism, and Virtue Ethics) and Metaethics (including the fact-value distinction, non cognitivism, and error theories) problems and the ensuing debates in Metaethics.

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 activity2211 x 2 hours per week comprising of lectures and seminars
Guided Independent study12832 hours preparation and writing of formative essay, 32 hours preparation and writing of summative essay 1, 32 hours preparation and writing of summative essay 2, 32 hours reading.

Online Resources

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