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Module Code: PI7106

  • ECTS Weighting: 10
  • Semester/Term Taught: Hilary Term
  • Contact Hours:11 x 2-hour seminars; 4 supervision hours; 174 hours of independent study
  • Module Personnel: Dr. Ben Bramble

Module Content

This is an advanced course focusing on recent work in ethical theory. We will be covering topics such as the foundations of the ethical domain, the nature of practical reasons, the distinction between reasons for belief and reasons for action, the normativity of moral obligation and of instrumental reason, moral motivation and weakness of the will.

Learning Outcomes

The aim of this module is to provide students with subject specific knowledge and to equip them with the necessary skills for independent research. On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Engage with influential recent work in ethical theory;
  2. Understand central theoretical issues underlying normative reasoning and practice; 
  3. Develop a deeper understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of a number of contemporary approaches in ethical theory.

Further, this course aims at improving critical reading, critical thinking, and oral communication skills through seminar discussion and essay writing.

Assessment Details

The basis for the assessment of this module will consist of  one written essay of 1500 words (50%) and a class presentation of this material (50%).