Postgraduate Module Descriptor

PHLM006: Contemporary Ethics

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Nigel Pleasants (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


Developments in society, science and technology confront us as individuals and communities with complex challenges to which we must respond, because no response is a response, too, affecting our future. Post-metaphysical ethics is intrinsically connected to our self-understanding as humans and thus scientific understandings of the human and normative concepts influence each other.

This module introduces you to philosophical work of the past 2 decades, addressing current challenges related to human self-understanding and ethical theory.  

The course is taught by lecturers specialized in their research on the topics they present.

Knowledge of philosophical moral theories will be helpful, though an undergraduate degree in philosophy is not conditional. 

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