PHIL 2042 - Moral Problems
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code PHIL 2042 Course Moral Problems Coordinating Unit Philosophy Term Semester 2 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 undergraduate study Incompatible PHIL 2011 or PHIL 3011 Course Description Living in the modern world means having to engage with many complex moral questions, not only in our personal lives but also when thinking about public policy. This course is devoted to in-depth discussion of a variety of problems in moral philosophy raised by current ethical controversies. Possible topics include abortion, euthanasia, self-defence, capital punishment, torture, terrorism, war, poverty, genetic engineering and our treatment of animals and the environment. The aim of the course is to identify and understand the main philosophical issues raised by these topics, and to help you develop and defend your own views about them.
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 the philosophical issues raised by a range of current, real-world moral controversies.
- Analyze and engage critically with contemporary philosophical work on these topics.
- Express, develop and defend their own views on controversial moral topics, both through written work and through constructive discussion with others.
- Identify ways in which philosophy can contribute to public debate about 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
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 must encourage and reinforce learning.
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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
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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