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ATS1371

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPhilosophy
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Justin Clark-Doane (First semester); Dr Monima Chadha (Second semester)

Notes

Previously coded PHL1010

Synopsis

This unit is an introduction to moral philosophy. The focus of the unit is the ethics of killing. We examine questions such as: When, if ever, is killing justified? Many of us think that killing is permissible in emergency rescue situations, or in self-defence. Is it possible to explain this in a way that is consistent with our more typical attitudes to killing? What about killing non-human animals for food? Like all philosophy units, this unit will also develop critical and analytic thinking skills.

Outcomes

On completing this subject students will have an understanding of some central issues in applied ethics and of the role philosophy can play in clarifying the discussion of them. They will have acquired some understanding of the nature and methods of philosophical inquiry, and an enhanced capacity for critical reasoning and rigorous thought.

Assessment

Written exercises: 60%
Exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Justin Clark-Doane (First semester); Dr Monima Chadha (Second semester)

Contact hours

Two 1- hour lecture per week
One 1- hour tutorial per week.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prohibitions

ATS1834