Applied Ethics in Contemporary Societies (BAXDC3004)

How we respond to ethical issues defines who we are as individuals, the institutions and organisations in which we participate, and the kind of society in which we want to live. It is paramount that we understand the complexity of these issues if we are to engage the world responsibly. This course, through an interrogation of values (personal/professional/social/political), explores how we engage the world as ethically responsible citizens and professional practitioners. The course will begin with an introduction to key concepts of professional practice, ethical reasoning and major ethical theories, including utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics, and feminist ethics of care. We will interrogate the role of values, principles, emotion, and reasoning in responding to some of the pressing practice issues and ethical questions of our day. In particular, we will focus on how we understand and justify our relations with other human beings, contemporary technologies, non-human animals, the environment, institutions, and organisations. The course will draw upon advanced analysis of real-world scenarios and run simulations that engage students in progressively more complex cases of ethical decision-making.

Credit points 15
EFTSL 0.125
Contribution band 1
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