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PH211-15 Ethics

Department
Philosophy
Level
Undergraduate Level 2
Module leader
Nadine Elzein
Credit value
15
Module duration
10 weeks
Assessment
100% coursework
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

PH211-15 Ethics

Module aims

To introduce students to a set of central questions in normative ethics and metaethics.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

The module covers core issues in normative ethics and metaethics. It will put the emphasis on
texts by contemporary moral philosophers, but also include some classic texts, e.g. by Aristotle,
Hume, or Kant. Examples of issues include consequentialism/non-consequentialism, virtues,
moral reasoning, expressivism, realism, constructivism, moral psychology, etc.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Subject knowledge and understanding: students should be able to understand and differentiate views on central issues in normative ethics and metaethics, and offer relevant support for and critical responses to those views.
  • Key skills: students should be able to communicate clearly and substantively in speech and in writing on the questions addressed in the module.
  • Cognitive skills: students should be able to isolate the important claims within readings, understand the structure of arguments, test views for strengths and weaknesses, make pertinent use of examples, and compare the substance of views consistently.
  • Subject-specific skills: students should be able to pursue and organize philosophical research using a range of sources (print and electronic media), documenting research carefully, and showing the ability to engage independently in philosophical debate.
Indicative reading list

There is no main text for Ethics. Instead, the module will be based on a list of selected readings.

Good introductions:
Copp, David (ed.) 2006. The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory. Oxford: OUP.
Darwall, Stephen. 1998. Philosophical Ethics. Boulder: Westview.
Miller, Alexander. 2003. An Introduction to Contemporary Metaethics. Cambridge: Polity.
Rawls, John. 2000. Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy. Ed. Barbara Herman. Cambridge
(MA) and London: Harvard University Press.
Singer, Peter (ed.) 1991. A Companion to Ethics. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, http://plato.stanford.edu/contents.html (various entries)

Anthologies:
Fisher, Andrew and Kirchin, Simon (eds.) Arguing About Metaethics. Routledge. 2006.
Shafer-Landau, Russell and Terence Cuneo (eds.) 2006. Foundations of Ethics: An Anthology.
Oxford: Blackwell.
Shafer-Landau, Russell (ed.) 2007. Ethical Theory: An Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell.

View reading list on Talis Aspire

Subject specific skills

TBC

Transferable skills

TBC

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 18 sessions of 1 hour (12%)
Seminars 8 sessions of 1 hour (5%)
Private study 124 hours (83%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

No private study requirements defined for this module.

Costs

No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group A4
Weighting Study time
1000 word essay 20%
2500 word essay 80%
Feedback on assessment

Feedback on essays will be provided on the coversheet for the essay, addressing standard areas
of evaluation and individual content.

Courses

This module is Core optional for:

  • Year 3 of UCXA-Q8V7 Undergraduate Classical Civilisation with Philosophy
  • Year 2 of UPHA-V7ML Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This module is Optional for:

  • Year 2 of UECA-LM1D Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies
  • UHIA-V1V8 Undergraduate History and Philosophy (with Year Abroad and a term in Venice)
    • Year 3 of V1V8 History and Philosophy (with Year Abroad and a term in Venice)
    • Year 4 of V1V8 History and Philosophy (with Year Abroad and a term in Venice)
  • Year 3 of UHIA-V1V7 Undergraduate History and Philosophy (with a term in Venice)
  • Year 2 of UMAA-GV19 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations
  • UPHA-V700 Undergraduate Philosophy
    • Year 2 of V700 Philosophy
    • Year 3 of V700 Philosophy
  • Year 4 of UPHA-V701 Undergraduate Philosophy (wiith Intercalated year)
  • Year 4 of UPHA-V702 Undergraduate Philosophy (with Work Placement)
  • UPHA-VQ72 Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature
    • Year 2 of VQ72 Philosophy and Literature
    • Year 3 of VQ72 Philosophy and Literature
  • Year 2 of UPHA-V7ML Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • UPHA-V7MM Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year)
    • Year 4 of V7MQ Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Bipartite) with Intercalated Year
    • Year 4 of V7MH Philosophy, Politics and Economics - Economics/Philosophy Bipartite (Economics Major) (with Intercalated year)
    • Year 4 of V7MF Philosophy, Politics and Economics - Economics/Politics Bipartite (Economics Major) (with Intercalated year)
    • Year 4 of V7MI Philosophy, Politics and Economics - Philosophy/Economics Bipartite (Philosophy Major) (with Intercalated year)
    • Year 4 of V7MJ Philosophy, Politics and Economics - Philosophy/Politics Bipartite (with Intercalated year)
    • Year 4 of V7MG Philosophy, Politics and Economics - Politics/Economics Bipartite (Politics Major) (with Intercalated year)

This module is Core option list A for:

  • Year 3 of UMAA-GV17 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy
  • Year 3 of UMAA-GV19 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations
  • Year 2 of UPHA-V7ML Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Year 2 of UPHA-V7MW Undergraduate Politics, Philosophy and Law

This module is Core option list B for:

  • Year 2 of UMAA-GV17 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy
  • Year 2 of UMAA-GV19 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations
  • Year 2 of UPHA-V7ML Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Year 2 of UPHA-V7MW Undergraduate Politics, Philosophy and Law

This module is Core option list C for:

  • Year 4 of UMAA-GV19 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations

This module is Option list A for:

  • UPHA-VL78 BA in Philosophy with Psychology
    • Year 2 of VL78 Philosophy with Psychology
    • Year 3 of VL78 Philosophy with Psychology
  • Year 4 of UPHA-VL79 BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year)
  • Year 3 of UMAA-GV17 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy
  • Year 4 of UMAA-GV18 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year
  • UMAA-GV19 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations
    • Year 3 of GV19 Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations
    • Year 4 of GV19 Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations

This module is Option list B for:

  • Year 2 of UHIA-V1V5 Undergraduate History and Philosophy
  • Year 2 of UMAA-GV17 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy
  • Year 2 of UMAA-GV18 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year
  • Year 2 of UMAA-GV19 Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations
  • UPHA-VQ72 Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature
    • Year 2 of VQ72 Philosophy and Literature
    • Year 3 of VQ72 Philosophy and Literature
  • Year 4 of UPHA-VQ73 Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year

This module is Option list C for:

  • Year 3 of UHIA-V1V5 Undergraduate History and Philosophy
  • Year 4 of UHIA-V1V6 Undergraduate History and Philosophy (with Year Abroad)

This module is Option list E for:

  • Year 2 of UPHA-V7MW Undergraduate Politics, Philosophy and Law