30 credits, Level 6
You look at the central questions in normative ethics and meta-ethics.
- what makes an action right
- whether there are moral rules
- whether there are moral facts, and if so, how they can be known
- whether there are external moral reasons
- whether there’s a relation between moral truths and non-moral truths.
Positions to be examined include non-cognitivism, naturalism, non-naturalism, internalism and externalism.
20%: Coursework (Essay)
80%: Written assessment (Essay)
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses: