Module Level

8 (2nd year undergraduate)


Continuous Assessment: 100%. The final paper for each semester will be a portfolio comprised of: 3 papers in response to three of the units = 50%. 1 Synthesis paper which must reference all the units = 50%. Attendance will be taken, and taken into account

Module Aims

To consider questions raised by the human experience of good and evil, and how it may impact understandings of God, humanity, ethics, and social issues of crime, punishment and reconciliation.

Module Structure: This module is interdisciplinary, delivered by members of the Departments of Law, Philosophy and Theology. It is comprised of six units. Each unit, delivered over four classes, focuses on another aspect of the question. The fourth class will be an integrative seminar where students are encouraged to identify themes, questions, and interactions between the disciplines.

Indicative Syllabus: Responding to the Reality of Good and Evil from the perspective of: Human Dignity; Changing Models of Disability; The Morality of Punishment; Gender; War and Ethics; International Human Rights.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of this module the student shall:
  • Reflect on conceptions of human dignity and how they relate to the theme of good and evil
  • Recognise historical developments in how ‘evil’ is categorised and so engaged
  • Explain and evaluate narratives and justifications on crime and punishment
  • identify how gender directs understanding of the question and means of response
  • Discuss attempts to ethically consider war
  • Identify International law and Human Rights as a response to evil


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