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HSS1002 : Philosophy and Ethics

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


•       To introduce students to the philosophical study of ethical values and conduct
•       To outline major theoretical perspectives in moral philosophy
•       To develop students’ ability to analyse and evaluate the relevance of these perspectives to current ethical debates

Where do our moral values come from? How should we behave toward one another? In this module we will examine some answers to these questions and assess their significance for current ethical debates over issues such as euthanasia, stem cell research, punishment and the environment. We will consider the role of reason, religious beliefs, emotion and story-telling in forming and justifying moral beliefs and practices, and critically reflect on the implications of these for private and public morality. Major philosophers of the Western tradition such as Kant, Hume and Mill will be introduced along with material from postmodern and feminist writers.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Assessing values and conduct
•       Reason and the Soul
•       Duties and Rights
•       Utility and Liberty
•       Reason and Sentiment
•       Foundations and Narratives
•       Justice and Care

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study182:0082:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will present information and provide students with guidelines on further reading and exercises to prepare for seminars. Seminars will provide students with an opportunity to apply information from lectures and reading to specific topics and develop skills in analysis and rational discussion.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1001500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of moral philosophy and skills in presenting and analysing its application to ethical issues

Reading Lists