MMED7005 - Ethics & Aesthetics

Title:Ethics & Aesthetics
Long Title:Ethics & Aesthetics
Module Code:MMED7005
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Multimedia
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: VALERIE RENEHAN
Module Author: PADRAIG TREHY
Module Description: This module aims to provide the learner with a detailed knowledge of ethics and Western cultural aesthetics. Through an investigation of the philosophical, moral, and aesthetic principles that underpin Western society the learner is encouraged to explore issues of personal and collective rights, duties and responsibilities in contemporary society especially in the context of the media.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss ethics in the context of philosophy demonstrating a knowledge of fundamental philosophical thinkers;
LO2 Describe the development of ethical and aesthetic theories and discuss their relationship to contemporary media with particular reference to social responsibility, interpersonal values, ethical behaviour, artistic freedom and beauty;
LO3 Debate contemporary ethical issues objectively from a position of knowledge;
LO4 Discuss the cultural, social, political and moral implications of publishing to a virtually global audience.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Ethics and Aesthetics
Through the alignments and differences between the disciplines of ethics and aesthetics, students will examine the uses of philosophy in contemporary life, from both an objective and subjective perspective. A series of lectures which outline and examine some of the key concepts of philosophical thinking and a number of its key contributors (from Ancient Greece to the present day) will be complimented by students own interventions into philosophical thinking, through the mechanism of presentations and in-class debate.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Students will make an oral presentation on a philosopher of choice 1 25.0 Week 4
Presentation Students will make an oral presentation on a contemporary ethical debate 2,3,4 25.0 Week 8
Essay Examination of relevant theme and or philosopher with particular relevance to ethics and/or aesthetics. 1,2,3,4 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture The development of philosophical thought and its implications for ethics and aesthetics 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab This will encourage discussion and debate amongst the students on the major issues pertaining to the course 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) The study of the primary and secondary material connected to the philosophers studied 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Levinson, Jerrold (ed) 2008, Aesthetics and Ethics: Essays at the Intersection, 2nd Ed., Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 0521788056]
  • Ben-Dor, Oren 2011, Law and Art: Justice, Ethics and Aesthetics, Routledge-Cavendish [ISBN: 0415560217]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Coleman, E. Gabriella 2012, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking, Princeton University Press [ISBN: 978-069114461]
  • Gunkel, David J. 2016, Of Remixology: Ethics and Aesthetics after Remix, MIT [ISBN: 978-026203393]
  • Nietzsche, F.W. (trans. R.G. Hollingdale) 1974, Thus Spoke Zarathustra [ISBN: 0140441182]
  • Plato (translated by H.D.P. Lee) 2007, The Republic, Penguin Classics [ISBN: 0140455116]
  • Chomsky, Noam & Herman, Edward S. 1995, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of Mass Media [ISBN: 978-009953311]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HMMED_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Digital Media 5 Mandatory
CR_HPHNM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Photography with New Media 5 Elective
CR_GMUTE_9 Master of Arts in Music and Technology 1 Elective
CR_GMUST_9 Master of Science in Music and Technology 1 Elective