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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 Lizzy Ventham

Module Content
This is an advanced course focusing on recent work in ethical theory. We will be covering areas such as the foundations of the ethical domain, the nature of practical reasons, the nature of value, the structure of ethical theories and a number of other hot topics in contemporary moral philosophy. One of the main focuses will be on T.M. Scanlon’s What We Owe To Each Other, which itself provides a good foundation for discussing a number of these areas.
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%).