Undergraduate | GRF-HUM206 | 2024
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Take a closer look at what it is to think, act and view the world ethically. Learn about universalist, relativist and pluralist thinking. Write a personal ethical statement. Traverse the blurred lines separating facts, beliefs and interpretation.
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Start dates
- 15 July 2024,
- 4 Nov 2024,
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- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 13 weeks
HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available
About this subject
At the completion of this subject you will be able to:
- Communicate effectively and appropriately online about sensitive topics using a common core vocabulary.
- Identify and engage with real world issues that require critical thinking balanced with emotional awareness.
- Develop self-awareness and understanding of one's own values and how they are similar to or different from the values of other cultures within and beyond one's own society.
- Think and write clearly with an understanding of the difference between facts, beliefs and interpretation.
- Grasp some key elements relevant to utilitarianism, deontological and virtue ethics.
- What is Ethics?
- Critical Thinking in Thinking Ethically
- What is Praxis?
- Introduction to Traditional Moral Philosophy
- Traditional Theory One: What is meant by Virtue Ethics
- Traditional Theory Two: Are all Utilitarian Ethicists the same?
- Traditional Theory Three: What on earth is deontological ethics?
- Absolutism, Relativism, Pluralism
- Human Rights
- Non-Human Rights
- Money, Money, Money
- Questions, Answers, Conclusion
This subject introduces you to key concepts, problems and arguments in ethics. It encourages you to engage with your own thinking about ethics. It therefore asks such questions as: what is the basis of making an ethical decision? Are actions intrinsically right or wrong, or do outcomes matter more than the means of achieving them? Can we, should we, mix and match ethical responses based on different frameworks? Why does it all matter in a world where we often seem to live in an economy rather than a society? By the end of this subject, you will know enough about thinking ethically and living thoughtfully to reflect upon your own position in Australian society and navigate your way through a constantly changing world.
- Reflective Task (10%)
- Website Report (25%)
- Online Discussion (40%)
- Quiz and Review (25%)
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