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APG5393

Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCentre for Human Bioethics
OfferedCity (Melbourne) First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Justin Oakley (First semester); Dr Ryan Tonkens (Second semester)

Notes

Previously coded CHB5101

Synopsis

This unit aims to provide students with a basic understanding of ethical theory, as a foundation for their studies in bioethics. The unit outlines three main perspectives in normative ethics - Kantianism, Utilitarianism, and Virtue Ethics - and examines several key problems for each of these approaches. The unit also considers certain issues in meta-ethics, such as the question of whether moral judgements must be relative to individuals or cultures, or whether they can be objective, and the implications of research in social and moral psychology for accounts of moral motivation.

Assessment

Written work (6000 words): 70%
Exam: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Justin Oakley (First semester); Dr Ryan Tonkens (Second semester)

Contact hours

One 3 hour seminar per week

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