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Probe philosophical theories about ethics in today's world. Look at euthanasia, abortion and marriage from conflicting angles. Discuss poverty and the environment. Examine what happens in the event of war when moral relations break down.
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On successful completion of this subject , you will be able to:
- recognise and describe key issues, questions and theories in practical and philosophical ethics
- apply ethical theories to the ethical issues discussed in class and beyond
- develop well defended ethical arguments , rather than relying on intuitions or emotional reactions
- identify and evaluate the relative merits of competing ethical values, whilst appreciating that ethical conflicts are often inevitable and sometimes insoluble
- reflect on and critically interrogate the values you have and how they influence you as a person, student, and future professional
- PART ONE: ETHICS IN THE PERSONAL SPHERE - LIFE, LOVE, DEATH.
- Part 1: Introduction to course and ethical reasoning
- Part 1: Abortion
- Part 1: Marriage, family, parenting
- Part 1: Death: (a) Suicide (b) Euthanasia
- PART TWO: EXPANDING THE CIRCLE OF MORAL CONCERN
- Part 2: What we owe to those less fortunate: (a) Poverty (b) Refugees and asylum seekers
- Part 2: Non-human animals
- Part 2: The environment
- PART THREE: WHEN MORAL RELATIONS BREAK DOWN
- Part 3: War and Humanitarian Intervention
- Part 3: Torture
- Part 3: Punishment and capital punishment
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-PHIX242-Practical Ethics
You must complete some Level 1 studies before starting this subject. Prior study in Philosophy is recommended.
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as PHI210 Practical Ethics.
This subject focuses on a range of topics in applied ethics, starting with ethics in the personal sphere and expanding the sphere of moral concern outwards to include those with whom we are not in a personal relationship and also non-human animals and the environment. We consider ethical questions to do with abortion, marriage, children's rights, suicide and euthanasia; questions of what we owe to those less well off than ourselves (e.g. those in poverty, refugees and asylum seekers); and ethical issues in the breakdown of moral relations (e.g. war, terrorism, torture and punishment). Discussion of the different topics is structured around key concepts, themes and questions including personhood, harm, and justice.
The subject aims to encourage deep intellectual and also personal reflection on the complex ethical issues raised by such questions and to introduce students to the different positions and arguments within the relevant philosophical debates.
- Essay (30%)
- Short paper (20%)
- Participation (20%)
- Reflective Task (30%)
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