Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL3118: Animal Minds and Animal Ethics
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
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:
- Animal Consciousness: What is it like to be non-human?
- Reasoning, Concepts and Beliefs: Do Non-Human Animals think?
- Mindreading: Do non-human animals know each other’s beliefs
- Communication: Do non-human animals have a language?
- Moral Norms: Do non-human animals create rules?
- Animal Ethics: How should we treat smart non-human animals?
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities||22||Weekly 2-hour lectures/seminars or 1 hour lecture + 1 hour seminar.|
|Guided independent study||83||Private research in preparation for essay writing and presentation with slides. Instructions will be given via ELE.|
|Guided independent study||45||Private study: reading the assigned material for classes and complementary readings.|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).