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PH372 - The Ethics of Sociability

  • Module code: PH372
  • Module name: The Ethics of Sociability
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 15, 20, 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

There is a growing body of evidence in psychology and neuroscience that human beings are fundamentally social creatures who need to live near and with each other in order to survive and flourish. This module will explore the ethical and political implications of being social. The issues will be grouped under three main headings: 1) social rights, 2) social virtues, and 3) social policies. The module will consider such questions as: • What social human rights, if any, do we have? • Do children have a right to be loved? • Do we have a right to associate or not with whom we please? • Is it morally wrong for someone to suffer chronic, acute, unwanted loneliness? • Is it virtuous to be sociable? • Can we exercise autonomy without other people? • What ethical issues are raised by institutional segregation such as medical quarantine, isolated dentention, and solitary confinement? • Could we defensibly replace social contact with robots and virtual worlds? The module will draw on debates in various branches of moral and political philosophy, and will examine key contemporary articles on the social aspects of being human.

Principal learning outcomes

Students will become familiar with some fundamental ideas in moral philosophy and political philosophy including human rights, needs, personal freedom, autonomy, conditions for flourishing, social justice, and the ethics of care. By the end of the module, students should have a grasp of the main philosophical theories that pertain to human sociality. Students should be able to develop, in a sustained and sophisticated way, arguments pertaining to the ethics and politics of sociability, specifically on social rights, freedoms, duties, virtues, values, and practices. Understanding will be developed through critical reading, lectures, and discussion.

Timetabled teaching activities

Students should attend 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of seminars per week.

Departmental link

https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/philosophy/undergraduate/modules/ph366

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PH372-15)
A (Assessed work only) 7500 word essay 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year students only) 100%
20 CATS (Module code: PH372-20)
A (Assessed work only) 7500 word essay 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year students only) 100%
30 CATS (Module code: PH372-30)
A (Assessed work only) 7500 word essay 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year students only) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy (GV17) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy (GV17) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations (GV19) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations (GV19) - Year 4
Optional
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations (GV19) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Philosophy (V1V5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (V700) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (V700) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (wiith Intercalated year) (V701) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MM) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MQ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MS) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (V7Q8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (V7Q8) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 2
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year) (VL79) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 4