- 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, Ethics, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Christian Barry
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2022
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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 lives. Particular attention will be paid to consequentialism and deontology as frameworks for thinking about key ethical questions. 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:
- identify some of the main philosophical approaches to ethics;
- compare and contrast the ethical theories discussed in this course; and
- 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 Outcomes 2 and 3]
Essay, 1500 words (30%) [Learning Outcomes 2 and 3]
Final Exam held during the formal exam period, 3-hours (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, and 3]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.
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