Theories about the status of moral claims (relativism, subjectivism, egoism, utilitarianism, etc.). The rights and wrongs of specific issues (abortion, the environment, pacifism, etc.).
We cannot avoid causing deaths. We can only save some lives. We want to respect rights, but what if doing so requires us to harm some people? This course presents pressing moral issues, such as euthanasia, abortion, animal welfare, marriage rights, racial equality, the rights of states to punish, free speech, poverty, and drug use. We attempt to understand influential arguments on the issues, to discuss them productively, and to improve them.
|Paper title||Ethical Issues|
|Points||18 points 18 points|
|Teaching period(s)||Second Semester, Summer School|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$886.35|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- This paper is open to all students.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Philosophy's website
- Teaching staff
- Convener and Lecturer: Professor Michael Lebuffe
- Paper Structure
- The course begins with questions of life, death, and health. We then proceed to social
issues. Lectures introduce influential arguments and philosophical resources for evaluating
issues. Tutorials emphasise student argument, with the aim of understanding course
readings of improving upon them through analysis and criticism.
- Two 1,500-word essays 15%
- Tutorial exercises 10%
- One 3-hour examination 60%
- Teaching Arrangements
Semester two: There will be two 50-minute lectures and one tutorial session per week. Lectures include material not covered in the readings as well as substantive discussion. Tutorials focus on student argument and include exercises meant to illuminate the readings.
Summer School: There will be three 1-hour & 50-minute lectures per week. Lectures include material not covered in the readings as well as substantive discussion.
- Required weekly readings will be distributed via Blackboard.
Recommended readings will be on reserve in the Central Library or available electronically.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship,
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper can be expected to
- Know how to construct defensible ethical arguments
- Identify the main schools of thought in ethics
- Apply different ethical arguments to a wide range of ethical issues
- Disagree productively and congenially about sensitive subjects