HM6501: Love, Sex, and Death

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HM6501: Love, Sex, and Death

Module Title Love, Sex, and Death
Module Code HM6501
Module Tutor David Webster
School School of Liberal and Performing Arts
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This module will allow students to consider the philosophical issues and implications of a range of ways of understanding human desires. A range of perspectives, both religious and philosophical, on finitude and mortality will be assessed.

Indicative Syllabus

A range of both religious and non-religious views will be examined on desire. These will include Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Christian perspectives, as well as a survey of the ways in which Western philosophy has understood desire, love, sex and craving – and the relations between them. The philosophical, religious and social significance of death will be considered – partly through an assessment of historical death-practices, and partly through philosophical analysis.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. have brought prior study and knowledge to bear on the specific themes of this module
  2. articulate the way in which desire has been both understand as to be eradicated and/or transformed by religious traditions.
  3. critically interrogate the ways religious and philosophical thinkers have sought to place human sexual behaviours within conceptual schemes.
  4. work across the three disciplines of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics to engage in critical thematic work
  5. draw connections between elements such as social history and philosophical theory.
  6. think critically about their own behaviour in the light of the ideas studied.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 28
Independent Learning Hours: 122
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2500 words
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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