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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2118: Moral agency in social context

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:

Collective responsibility

The Marxian view of morality.

Social context and moral ignorance.

Social change and moral agency: the case of slavery, abolition and emancipation. Inequality, functional importance and incentives.

Personal/political agency & collective responsibility  

Rich egalitarianism?

 Duties to alleviate absolute poverty?

Moral saintliness & the demandingness of morality. 

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 activities221 hour weekly lecture + 1 hour weekly seminar
Guided independent study45Preparation for tutorial participation including reading and planning
Guided independent study83Preparation for essay, library, research etc.

Online Resources

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