• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course will examine a range of issues in applied ethics, including abortion, euthanasia, suicide, issues in medical and professional ethics, and issues relating to cloning and transgenic research, as a means through which to give students skills to deal with issues in applied ethics, more generally.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

1.Describe the main features of a few theories of ethics.
2.Discuss verbally the views of yourself and others on issues in applied ethics.
3.Provide a coherent written argument for a specific position on two issues inapplied ethics.
4.Understand philosophical texts and draw out the main arguments.
5.Properly structure and reference academic essays.

Indicative Assessment

One 500 word short piece of work (10% [learning outcome 1]
Two 2,000 word essays (40% each) [learning outcomes 2-5]
Tutorial participation (10%) [learning outcomes 2-4]

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26 Lectures; 12 tutorials; it is expected that students will undertake on average seven hours a week on private study or preparation for assessment (total workload of 130 hours over the semester).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 Units of Philosophy (PHIL) Courses, or by permission of course convenor.

Preliminary Reading

* Singer, P (ed.), Applied Ethics, Oxford U.P.
* Glover, J, Causing Death and Saving Lives




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

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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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