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PH212-15 Applied Ethics

Department
Philosophy
Level
Undergraduate Level 2
Module leader
Christoph Hoerl
Credit value
15
Module duration
10 weeks
Assessment
Multiple
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

PH212-15 Applied Ethics

Module aims

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

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.

Illustrative syllabus
Week 1: Introduction to Applied Ethics
Week 2: Procreation
Week 3: The Moral Limits of Markets
Week 4: Global Poverty and Effective Altruism
Week 5: Animal Rights
Week 6: READING WEEK
Week 7: Hypocricy
Week 8: Death
Week 9: Euthanaisa
Week 10: Future Generations

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 applied and normative ethics, 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 the module. Instead, the module will be based on a list of selected readings. Useful companions and collections include:

  • Frey, R. G. and Wellman, C. H. (eds.) A Companion to Applied Ethics (Blackwell, 2003).
  • Lafollette, H. (ed.) Ethics in Practice (Blackwell 2002).
  • Singer, P. (ed.) A Companion to Ethics (Blackwell, 1991).
  • Wellman, C. H. and Cohen, A. (eds.) Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics (Blackwell 2005).
  • Skorupski, J. (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Ethics (Routledge, 2010).

View reading list on Talis Aspire

Subject specific skills

TBC

Transferable skills

TBC

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 9 sessions of 2 hours (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 D5
Weighting Study time
1000 word essay 20%
Online Examination (NF) 80%
  • Answerbook Pink (12 page)
Assessment group D6
Weighting Study time
1000 word essay 20%
Online Examination (F) 80%
  • Answerbook Pink (12 page)
Feedback on assessment

Feedback on essays will be provided on the feedback form for the essay, addressing standard areas of evaluation and individual content. Written feedback on exams will also be provided.

Past exam papers for PH212

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:

  • 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 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