Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2035: Critical Bioethics

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

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 themes:

History and themes of bioethics

Bioethics, philosophy and empirical social sciences

Genetic engineering

Prenatal testing

Direct to consumer genetic testing : sex selection

Global Bioethics

Stem Cell Research

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 22Weekly 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar. Each student will once submit a summary of a reading prior to the seminar.
Guided Independent study128Independent, guided study: Weekly reading (30 hours), preparation of seminar presentation (16 hours), research for the essay (50 hours), preparation for the exam (22 hours).

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).