Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2112: Practical Ethics

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


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Kirsten Walsh (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


We confront moral issues and make moral decisions every day, but we don’t always think about them as carefully as we could. In this module, you will engage in debates on contemporary moral and social issues, such as whether we should be vegetarian, what are our moral obligations to strangers, who should be allowed to vote, whether we are ever justified in silencing opinions, and whether the ban on doping in sport is morally justified. Careful consideration of these issues, along with the methods and motivations of applied ethics more broadly, will facilitate the development of analytical and critical skills that will aid you in your broader processes of moral reasoning and in your other academic studies.

There are no pre- or co-requisites for this module.

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