- Code PHIL1008
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Philosophy
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Philosophy
- Areas of interest Philosophy
- Academic career UGRD
- Matthew Lindauer
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2016
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This course will provide an introduction to central topics in ethics and the most prominent approaches to thinking about them. We will examine different theories of what makes an action right or wrong, how we might respond to the view that we should only ever act in line with self-interest, what could make a given entity worthy of moral concern, and what might explain the place of morality in our universe. Particular attention will be paid to consequentialism, deontology, and virtue theory as frameworks for thinking about key ethical questions. We will consider the role that certain other issues in philosophy, such as whether human beings have free will, should play in approaching topics in ethics. In addition, we will think about how philosophical work in ethics can inform decisions that we regularly make in our lives.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. identify some of the main philosophical approaches to ethics
2. compare and contrast the ethical theories discussed in this course
3. use philosophical reasoning to form their own view on the merits of the theories of ethics discussed in this course that addresses significant objections.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial Participation (including reading response submitted to Wattle) (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, and 3]
Essay, 1000 words (20%) [Learning Outcome 2 and 3]
Essay, 1500 words (30%) [Learning Outcome 2 and 3]
Final Exam held during the formal exam period, 3-hours (40%) [Learning Outcome 1, 2 and 3]
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Workload2 hours of lectures per week, plus 1 hour of tutorials (weeks 2-13), plus 7 hours a week private study and assessment preparation (130 hours).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsJohn Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, Hackett (2002)
Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, (Mary McGregor ed.) Cambridge University Press (1998)
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Hackett (1999)
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4733||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person||N/A|