Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL1013: Philosophy of Morality

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module is divided into three parts. In the first part (weeks 1 and 2) we will look at the nature of morality and the objects and methods of moral philosophy: what counts as moral, what we need moral philosophy for, and similar questions. The second part (weeks 3-5) will introduce a variety of moral theories with particular emphasis on Utilitarianism, Kantianism, and Virtue Ethics. The third part (6-10) is dedicated to the study of particular moral problems which we will try to solve with the help of the ethical theories discussed in part two. Possible topics for discussion will be the moral status of animals, of human embryos, and the dead; torture and the death penalty; world poverty; euthanasia and assisted suicide; and sexual morality.

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 activity11Weekly 60 minute lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity16.5Weekly seminars 90 minute
Guided Independent study122.5 A variety of private study activities guided by your module leader.

Online Resources

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