units

APR5732

Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCentre for Human Bioethics
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Justin Oakley

Synopsis

This unit examines some fundamental ethical issues in professional life, and the moral foundations of professional obligations. The unit begins by introducing the three main ethical theories - Kantianism, utilitarianism, and virtue ethics - and explains how each theory characteristically approaches issues in professional ethics. It moves on to examine euthanasia and the medical and nursing professions; zealous advocacy and the legal profession; and social justice and business professionals. It also deals with whistle-blowing and some issues in the moral psychology of professional roles.

Assessment

Written work: 60% (6000 words)
Take home exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

Prohibitions