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7AAN2054 Perspectives on Death & Killing

THIS MODULE IS RUNNING IN 2017-18          

Credit value: 20
Module tutor: Dr David Galloway


  • Summative assessment: one 4,000-word essay (100%)
  • Formative assessment: one 2,000–3,000-word essay


  • Summative assessment: one 4,000-word essay (100%)
  • Formative assessment: one 2,000–3,000-word essay

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: one one-hour weekly lecture and one one-hour weekly seminar over ten weeks.
Pre-requisites: none
Sample syllabus: 
7AAN2054 module syllabus 2016-17
Additional information: compulsory for students in MA Philosophy of Medicine programme (and available as an option to students in other MA programmes)

For the first five weeks of the course, we will discuss some metaphysical and ethical issues concerning death and its ethical significance.  For the final five weeks, we will discuss some ethical problems concerning killing.

Further information

Module aims
The module aims to promote a thoughtful critical response to some ethical and metaphysical problems arising from human mortality.
Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, the students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicable skills appropriate to a Level 7 module, and in particular will be able to demonstrate an advanced ability to:

  • analyze texts and arguments;
  • summarize and present arguments;
  • research, plan and present essays to specified deadlines.
Past syllabi

7AAN2054 module syllabus 2013-14 (pdf)
7AAN2054 module syllabus 2014-15 (pdf)
7AAN2054 module syllabus 2015-16 (pdf)

Please note that, until 2013–14, this module formed the second half of a larger module, 7AAN4095 Topics in Philosophy of Medicine

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.

More detailed information on the current year’s module (including the syllabus for that year) can be accessed on KEATS by all students and staff. 

Core reading

Steven Luper: The Philosophy of Death, CUP 2009.

Steven Luper, ed: The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death, CUP 2014

Ben Bradley, Fred Feldman, Jens Johansson, eds, The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death (OUP 2013)

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

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