MORALITY AND EMOTIONS - 2022/3
Module code: PSYM110
This module will examine critical perspectives in moral psychology, discussing critical debates about moral concepts, including how different moral concepts should be defined and assessed. It will cover theoretical and empirical findings that explore implications of moral concepts.
RUSSELL Sophie (Psychology)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: C880
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 106
Lecture Hours: 22
Guided Learning: 11
Captured Content: 11
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Introduction to moral psychology
Universality versus cultural relativity
Rational versus Intuition explanations
Morally condemning emotions
Other praising emotions
Other suffering emotions
Moral character and virtues
Putting morality into action
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||LITERATURE REVIEW (1500 WORDS)||60|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
1. To build an understanding of the controversies surrounding moral psychology, specifically surrounding definitions and measurement of concepts. This learning outcome will be assessed by both summative assessments. (C,K)
2. To demonstrate an understanding of the antecedents and consequences of moral concepts. This learning outcome will be assessed by both summative assessments. (C,K)
3. To develop a research question that builds on prior theory and methods in moral psychology. This outcome will be assessed by both summative assessments. (C,K,T)
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
One literature review (60%) (1,500 words)
One poster (40%)
Formative assessment and feedback
Written feedback on literature review
Verbal feedback in lectures
- The module will outline theories that attempt to define what moral concepts are, such as moral judgements, moral emotions, moral convictions, and moral behaviours.
- The module will examine whether various cognitions and mental states are necessary for moral judgment. Previously, it was commonly emphasized that rational processes guide moral judgments; however, recent models in moral psychology have emphasized the impact of gut intuitions, affect, and emotions in guiding moral judgments and behaviours.
- It will attempt to uncover some of the unique relationships between moral judgement and various emotions, indicating what makes an emotion a ¿moral emotion'. We will focus on defining four families of moral emotions 1) other-condemning emotions, e.g., anger and disgust; 2) self-conscious emotions (e.g., guilt and shame; 3) other-praising emotions, e.g., elevation and awe), and 4) other-suffering emotions (e.g. empathy and compassion). Therefore, in this module we will not only be focusing on the negative side of morality but also positive aspects of morality, such as positive moral emotions.
- The relationship between moral concepts and various behaviours/implications will be explored, including the strength of the relationships. The implications of having moral conviction will be examined, specifically how moral conviction impacts our behaviors (e.g., political engagement, collective action, social distancing).
- The module will explore how we decide what is right and wrong. It will investigate whether moral principles are universal or culturally relative.
|001||To build an understanding of the controversies surrounding moral psychology, specifically surrounding definitions and measurement of concepts.||KC|
|002||To demonstrate an understanding of the antecedents and consequences of moral concepts.||KC|
|003||To develop a research question that builds on prior theory and methods in moral psychology.||KCT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- To build an understanding of the controversies surrounding moral psychology, specifically surrounding definitions and measurement of concepts.
- To demonstrate an understanding of the antecedents and consequences of moral concepts.
- To develop a research question that builds on prior theory and methods in moral psychology.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Lectures of 2hrs duration
Group discussion and exercises in lectures
Surrey Learn discussion board and other materials
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Social Psychology MSc||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.