PHIL 1103 - Morality, Society and the Individual
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code PHIL 1103 Course Morality, Society and the Individual Coordinating Unit Philosophy Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description Morality plays a part in everyone's life. But what exactly is it, and
why is it important? Are there any objective, universal moral truths, or
are moral rightness and wrongness in some way relative to societies, or
to individuals? What is the relationship between morality and religion?
This course is an introduction to some of the most important answers
that philosophers have given to these questions, and to some of the
arguments that they have developed to defend their views. Our aim is not
just to understand these views, but also to start down the road of
critical evaluation: How plausible are these views? Are the arguments
that have been given for and against them persuasive?
Course Coordinator: Dr James Morauta
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of some of the major positions in normative ethics and metaethics.
- Analyze and engage critically with both contemporary and historical work in moral philosophy.
- Express, develop and defend their own views, through written work and through constructive discussion with others.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which moral philosophy can be relevant to real-world moral problems.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3, 4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 4
The set text for the course is:
- Shafer-Landau, Russ. The Fundamentals of Ethics, 3rd edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).
The set text will be supplemented by additional required readings that will made be available via the course website on MyUni.
Online LearningAll essential course information (including lecture slides and recordings, tutorial questions, further readings, and assessment information) will be available online via MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be taught by a combination of lectures (two per week) and tutorials (ten over the course of the semester). For full details see the Course Guide, which will be available on the course website on MyUni.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Hours per week Hours per semester 2 x 1-hour lecture. 24 hours 1 x 1-hour tutorial. 12 hours 4 hours lecture preparation and revision (reading, taking notes, reviewing lectures). 48 hours 2 hours tutorial preparation (reading, taking notes, preparing tutorial questions). 24 hours 4 hours assessment work (research, planning, and writing) 48 hours 13 hours 156 hours
Hours per week are approximate and averaged over the semester. The actual hours required will vary from week to week, and are likely to be higher in the weeks leading up to the submission of an assignment.
Learning Activities SummarySee the Course Guide.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryCourse assessment will have four components:
- Short written exercise (10%)
- Essay (40%)
- Exam (40%)
- A mark for tutorial attendance (10%)
Assessment DetailSee the Course Guide.
SubmissionSee the Course Guide.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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