Faculty of Arts
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered||Caulfield First semester 2014 (Day)|
Clayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2014 (Off-campus)
|Coordinator(s)||Dr Paul Silva|
Previously coded PHL2150
This unit covers some central debates in ethical theory. A major focus is on opponents and proponents of consequentialist theories, such as utilitarianism, which judge the morality of an act solely in terms of its consequences. Alternative theories include other elements, such as the nature of the act itself, human rights, rationality, and the character of the actor. Another key theme of the unit is metaethics, which includes questions such as: Are there moral facts? If so, are they in some sense objective? Is moral judgement grounded primarily in reasoning or in emotion? What motivates us to do what we believe is right?
Students successfully completing this unit will
Written work: 60% (2500 words)
On-campus: 2 hours (one 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial) per week
Off-campus: no timetabled contact hours
6 points of first-year or with permission.