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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 2015
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.

Outcomes

Students will acquire the skills to:

  • understand how each of the three major ethical theories characteristically approaches issues which commonly arise in professional life

  • understand some important distinguishing features of professionals, and the ethical obligations involved in being a professional

  • reflect upon and critically examine the goal(s) of their chosen profession

  • analyse and evaluate certain ethical issues which arise in their own profession by taking a broader perspective, and seeing how that perspective arises out of parallel issues in other professions

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester

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