PPMEPD-Dissertation

Module Provider: Philosophy
Number of credits: 80 [40 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Pre-requisites: PPMEP1 Essay One PPMEP2 Essay Two PPMEP3 Essay Three PPMEPS Seminar Presentation
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Severin Schroeder

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

Summary module description:
This MA dissertation module is intended to build on your undergraduate studies, deepening your knowledge and understanding of a chosen topic in Ethics and Political Theory, enabling you to discuss research issues with practising researchers, making you aware of current research in Ethics and Political Theory, and developing your research skills to prepare you, where appropriate, for research degrees.

Aims:
This MA dissertation module is intended to build on your undergraduate studies, deepening your knowledge and understanding of a chosen topic in Ethics and Political Theory, enabling you to discuss research issues with practising researchers, making you aware of current research in Ethics and Political Theory, and developing your research skills to prepare you, where appropriate, for research degrees.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, you will have engaged in specialized study of a specific topic in Ethics and Political Theory and be acquainted with recent research on this topic. You will be able to plan and produce a substantial and extended piece of written work under supervision, as a potential 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 four substantial supervisions for the dissertation. 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 4.5
Guided independent study 795.5
       
Total hours by term 800.00
       
Total hours for module 800.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
A dissertation of not more than 20,000 words.

Formative assessment methods:
Discussions with supervisor.
Practice seminar presentations evaluated 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:

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 16 January 2017

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