PHIL41510 Ethics in Public Life

Academic Year 2022/2023

The course introduces standard theoretical ways of understanding our ethical thinking and enables students to engage critically with these theoretical models. We will consider the nature of ethical truth and ethical reasoning. This theoretical understanding will be embedded in some particular consideration of a range of practical ethical issues.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the course students will have a grasp of the some of the most important theoretical frameworks for our ethical lthinking. They will be able to construct their own lines of argument concerning these frameworks. They will be able to critically assess some of the most important contributions to these debates in the philosophical literature. They will have an understanding of how these frameworks are applied in practical contexts. They will have a detailed understanding of the issues involved in thinking abput a range of practical ethical issues.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Two-hour seminars with lecturer presentation, student presentation and class participation. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 2000 word essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Essay: 1500 word essay Week 6 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Presentation Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Verbal feedback on individual presentations and to the class giving general advice after the first essay. Comments and grade provided on first essay within two weeks of submission and comments and grade provided on final essay at the end of the module.

Name Role
Dr Silvia Ivani Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Danielle Petherbridge Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 18:00 - 19:50