Contemporary Topics in Applied Ethics
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- explain some of the current debates and topics in contemporary applied ethics
- analyse arguments in the relevant literature
- critically evaluate relevant theories and arguments
- communicate clearly your own perspective on the views and arguments presented in the unit
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
Pre-requisite 130cp at 1000 level or above NCCW (pre-2020 units) PHIL351, PHL351 NCCW (2020 and onwards) PHIL3051 Social Philosophy
No additional requirements
This unit will examine cutting edge topics in applied ethics curated by leading researchers in the field. Topics will be refreshed each year and may include exploration of: ethical issues in the use of AI and machine learning; animal ethics; ethics of emerging technologies including in healthcare, reproductive and genetic technologies, and computing; family ethics; children's rights and welfare; contemporary challenges in research ethics; climate change and environmental ethics. Discussion will be structured around key concepts, themes, ethical frameworks and questions such as personhood, autonomy, harm, dignity, justice, rights, vulnerability, integrity and accountability.
- Active participation (20%)
- Philosophical Essay (40%)
- Online quizzes (20%)
- Reflective writing (20%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 05 Nov 21
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