PHIL 2036 - How Should I Live? Contemporary Ethical Theories
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code PHIL 2036 Course How Should I Live? Contemporary Ethical Theories 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 Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 Arts courses or equivalent, including 3 units in Philosophy Incompatible PHIL 2020 or PHIL 3020 Course Description How should I live my life---morally speaking? One of the key debates in
moral philosophy is between consequentialist and deontological answers
to this question. In the first part of this course we will examine these
two approaches, and look at some of the ways in which they have been
developed by contemporary philosophers. In the second part of the course
we will step back and look at some more general questions about the
nature of morality (questions in so-called "meta-ethics"). How does
morality fit into the natural world described by science? Is there such
a thing as moral knowledge? How do we acquire it? Can we have evidence
for or against a moral claim? What would such evidence look like?
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 advanced understanding of contemporary philosophical debates on a range of central issues in normative ethics and metaethics.
- Analyze and engage critically with contemporary philosophical work on these issues.
- Express, develop and defend their own views on these issues, 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.
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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
Required ResourcesThere is no set text for this course. All of the required lecture and tutorial readings will be made 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 SummaryThis course will be assessed by two essays, adding up to a combined maximum of 4500 words. There will be penalties for unsatisfactory tutorial attendance. For full details see the Course Guide, which will be available on the course website on MyUni.
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
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