• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy, Ethics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Matthew Lindauer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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In 2013 this course will focus on the ethical doctrine of consequentialism. Attention will be given to consequentialist doctrines of morality (standards to evaluate and guide individual character and conduct), and justice (standards to evaluate and guide the design of social institutions.) The course will examine the works of utilitarian thinkers such as Bentham, Mill, and Sidgwick alongside the work of contemporary consequentialists such as Jackson, Parfit, and Sen. The course will also examine the work of philosophers who have been critical of consequentialism.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify philosophical issues about different approaches to morality and justice.
  2. Understand and explain puzzles about the right approach to morality and justice.
  3. Evaluate some rival theories of morality and justice.
  4. Understand arguements for and against consequentialist approaches to ethics.
  5. Prepare students for advanced research in philosophy.

Indicative Assessment

Two pieces of written work, one 1500 words (35%)  the other 3500 (55%) [Assesses all Learning Outcomes]

Plus 10% for participation in seminars [Assesses all Learning Outcomes]

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Workload

3 hours of weekly seminars, plus 7 hours a week personal study and assessment preparation.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of 2000 or 3000 level Philosophy (PHIL) Courses.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2863 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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