Undergraduate | LTU-PHI2EPP | 2024
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About this subject
On successful completion you will be able to:
- Locate, review and analyse unfamiliar ideas and arguments using methods that take into account relevant cultural and other background assumptions.
- Identify and analyse the underlying issues and problems in contemporary debates about controversial social issues and assess strategies to resolve the problems.
- Develop a coherent and well-structured argument in relation to a complex philosophical claim concerning a contemporary social issue.
- Critically evaluate normative ethical theories in relation to complex local and global issues.
- Apply theoretical approaches to a range of issues to develop skills of ethical analysis that are adaptable and transferrable to emerging problems.
- Ethical Theories
- Human Rights and Capabilities
- Social Media and Ethics
- Global Justice
- Poverty and Inequality
Ethics concerns questions of how we should live, what is good in life, how we can tell right from wrong, or what we owe to each other. This subject will examine traditional and emerging ethical theories, and a range of applied ethical questions. Ethical theories to be examined will include consequentialism, deontology, virtue ethics and care ethics. Students will gain an understanding of these theoretical approaches and their main critiques, as well as links to moral concepts such as moral status, human rights, dignity, and autonomy. We will also apply the theories and concepts in different contexts by examining issues in applied ethics, drawing a selection of controversial topics from a number of areas. These may concern questions of life and death, such as abortion and euthanasia; ethical issues raised by new technologies, such as those relating to social media use, robotics, or artificial intelligence; and global issues, such as the international trade in organs and body parts, global poverty, and the ethics of climate change policy.
This is a level 2 subject. Please consider the subject pre-requisites before enrolling. This subject includes live sessions with the expectation of student attendance and participation.
- Task 1 Blog posts and replies to other students (1200 words) (30%)
- Task 2: Staged research essay stage one: annotated bibliography and proposal (800 words) (20%)
- Task 2 Staged research essay stage two: Essay (2000) (50%)
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Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed PHI2AET (Applied Ethics) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
No additional requirements
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.
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Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses
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