PPMEP2-Essay Two

Module Provider: Philosophy
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Severin Schroeder

Email: s.j.schroeder@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

  • to build on your undergraduate studies, deepening your knowledge and understanding of a chosen topic in Ethics and Political Theory
  • to enable you to discuss research issues with practising researchers, and to make you aware of current research in Ethics and Political Theory
  • to develop your research skills and prepare you, where appropriate, for research degrees.

Aims:

  • to build on your undergraduate studies, deepening your knowledge and understanding of a chosen topic in Ethics and Political Theory
  • to enable you to discuss research issues with practising researchers, and to make you aware of current research in Ethics and Political Theory
  • to develop your research skills and prepare you, where appropriate, for research degrees.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • to have engaged in specialized study of a specific topic in Ethics and Political Theory and be acquainted with recent research on this topic
  • to have developed research skills, especially the ability to plan and produce a substantial essay under supervision, as a foundation for further study

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Individual supervision on a topic in Ethics or Political Theory including the following:

Cognitivism and Non-Cognitivism
Naturalist and Non-naturalist Moral Realism
Externalist and Internalist views of normative reasons
Consequentialism, Deontology, and Contractualism
Pluralist Intuitionism
Virtue Ethics and Particularism
Natural Law
Thomas Hobbes
J. S. Mill
John Rawls
Karl Marx
Liberalism and Individual Rights
Conservatism
Anarchism
Distributive Justice within or across States, or between Generations
Moral Responsibility and Retributive Justice
Justice and Gender
Multiculturalism
Animal Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Human Rights and Sovereignty
War, Terrorism, and Security
Jurisprudence
History and Political Theory
Analytical Marxism

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching is primarily by means of individual supervision, supplemented by classes according to student interest and staff research activity.
Students are entitled to one brief introductory supervision and three substantial supervisions for each essay. It is the student's responsibility to arrange the supervisions and to spread them fairly evenly throughout the term.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 3.5
Guided independent study 296.5
       
Total hours by term 300.00
       
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
One 6,000 - 7,000 word essay.

Formative assessment methods:
Discussion of draft work with supervisor.
Practice presentations evaluted by seminar convenor.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
n/a

Requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:

Last updated: 23 April 2014

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