Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2035: Critical Bioethics

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to:

  • familiarise you with the history of, and different positions, theories and problems in current bioethics
  • familiarise you with ethical issues of genetics, stem cell research and issues of social and cultural identity, through engagement with applied case studies; and
  • advance your ability to analyse text, criticize, empirical and philosophical arguments and reflect on your own preferences in making arguments and your ideas of right and wrong.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate knowledge of a range of key topics in bioethics
2. understand different empirical and theoretical perspectives in bioethics
3. appraise forms of argument on ethical issues from different philosophical and sociological perspectives
Discipline-Specific Skills4. analyse arguments in moral philosophy and social ethics
5. demonstrate the ability to engage with both abstract and practical ethical issues
Personal and Key Skills6. develop the ability to write scholarly well-argued reflective essays
7. construct normative arguments
8. practice different forms of writing
9. practice expressing own thoughts and ideas at different levels of abstraction in discussion and writing
10. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.