Module Specifications

Current Academic Year 2013 - 2014

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Philosophy of Values: Ethics and Aesthetics
Module Code PHIL3
School Open Education
Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: James Brunton
Semester 2: James Brunton
Autumn: James Brunton
Module TeachersNoeleen O'Keeffe
Elaine Walsh
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite PHIL1
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
This module introduces students to the application of ethical principles in the context of modern problems, and places forms of art in an historical and aesthetic context.

Learning Outcomes
1. Examine essential features involved in aesthetic experience and ways of defining and analysing different forms of art
2. Evaluate key concepts and issues connected to theories of beauty and art that have historical origins in Plato and Aristotle's theories and which remain living options in philosophical aesthetics today
3. Explain the historical evolution of various forms of art and account for the emergence of non-objective and 'abstract' forms of art characteristics of 'the end of art' in the twentieth century
4. Evaluate central theories of ethics that have historical roots and remain significant living options in moral philosophy today
5. Discriminate between normative disciplines from other disciplines through investigating essential characteristics of ethical and aesthetic reasoning
6. Appraise a philosophical argument in ethics through investigating arguments for and against theories in the debate about the proper relation of morality to law
7. Apply the principles of ethical reasoning in assessing controversial moral issues in society today

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial15No Description
On-line learning15No Description
Independent learning345No Description
Total Workload: 375

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at:

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Part 1: Aesthetics.
Unit 1: Introduction and Classical Conceptions of Art and Beauty 1: Plato.

Unit 2: Classical Conceptions of Art and Beauty 2: Aristotle.
Unit 3: Establishing a Standard of Taste: Empiricist versus Rationalist Approaches.

Unit 4: Kant's Critique of Judgement.
Unit 5: Artistic Evaluation 1: Aesthetic Formalism.

Unit 6: Artistic Evaluation 2: Categories of Art.
Unit 7: Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature.

Unit 8: Conclusion.
Part 2: Ethics.

Unit 9: The Methods, Scope and Value of Ethics, and One of its Central Topics.
Unit 10: Morality and Truth: Realism, Subjectivism and Relativism.

Unit 11: Utilitarianism - A Results-Based Ethic.
Unit 12: Kant's Reason-Based Ethic.

Unit 13: Rawls' Theory of Justice - Towards a Contractualist Ethic.
Unit 14: Virtue Ethics and the Ethics of Care.

Unit 15: Morality, Society and the Law.
Unit 16: Freedom of Expression and Censorship.

Unit 17: Abortion: The Ethical Arguments.
Unit 18: Ethics and the Environment.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List
  • Bennett, C: 2010, What is this thing called ethics?,
  • Jamieson, Dale: 2008, Ethics and the Environment,
  • Vaughn, Lewis: 2010, Ethics: Moral Reasoning and Contemporary Issues, Second,
  • 0: For additional readings please consult moodle.,
Other Resources
Programme or List of Programmes
BABA in Humanities
BASMBA Single Module
Timetable this semester: Timetable for PHIL3
Date of Last Revision08-DEC-10