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Undergraduate Module Handbook

Module Code:UNPPNGB-30-3

Module Title: ETHICAL ISSUES IN POLITICS

Module Leader: DR NICK BUTTLE (3E19)

|Tutor |Dr Nick Buttle | |Tutor's Office Hour | | |Tutor's phone number |O117 32 82376 | |Tutor's email address |Nick.Buttle@uwe.ac.uk |

MAIN POINTS:

• LECTURES: WEEKLY

• SEMINARS: WEEKLY

• ASSIGNMENTS:

• ASSIGNMENT ONE: ESSAY (20%)
21st NOVEMBER, 2012

• ASSIGNMENT TWO: CASE-STUDY (30%)
27th MARCH, 2013

• EXAMINATION: THREE QUESTIONS/ THREE HOURS (50%)

Contents

1.Introduction………………………………………………………………1

2.Learning Outcomes…………………………………………………….1

3.Organisation of the Module……………………………………………2 3.1. Teaching and Learning Methods………………………………………………………. 2 3.2. Lectures/seminars/advice………………………………………………………………. 2 3.3 Facilities and Resources…………………………………………………………………..2 3.4 Disability ………………………………………………………………………………………3

4.Lecture Details…………………………………………………………..4

5.Seminar Details………………………………………………………….4
5.1 Programme……………………………………………………………4
5.2 Topics/ Readings…………………………………………………… 5
5.3 Issues………………………………………………………………… 6

6. Assessment…………………………………………………………………..22 6.1. Regulations………………………………………………………………………………… 22 6.2. First Opportunity…………………………………………………………………………..22 26.2.1 First Assignment……………………………………………………………………………22 6.2.2 Second Assignmnet……………………………………………………………………….. 23 6.3. Guidelines25

6.4. Second Assessment Opportunity (Referral)27

7. Previous Exam Paper………………………………………………………. 28

Introduction

This module is concerned with a critical examination of those ethical issues that have an impact on politics – calling for political action and political changes. This module, however, is also concerned with introducing students to different ways of thinking about ethics as these are presented by various theories and traditions of ethical thought.

Learning Outcomes

LEARNING OUTCOMES /SKILLS/AIMS
The aims of this module are:
to enable students to appreciate the nature of debates concerning ethical issues of political importance; to enable students to appreciate some of the theories and concepts that are central to debates concerning ethical issues; to encourage students to think critically about ethical issues; to enable students to develop philosophical methods of analysis such as: to analyse the meaning of concepts; to assess the strengths and weaknesses of arguments; to construct and defend arguments; to develop a range of skills (see below).

Skills:
This module aims to develop skills that are both of academic importance but also of wider value (e.g. in employment). Relevant skills are:
• information retrieval / research: the skill of retrieving information is developed both in the general preparation required for seminars but also in the preparation required for the completion of assignments and examinations; • information assessments: the ability to evaluate the relevance and significance of information is developed both in the preparation for seminars and in the course of seminar discussions as well as in the preparation for assignments and examinations; • critical / analytical thinking: the skill to assess the merits of arguments and ideas is developed in the preparation for seminars and in the course of seminar discussions as well as in the preparation for assignments and examinations; • organising material/information: the skill of being...
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