Topics in Applied Ethics

Subject 161-437 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour lecture/seminar per week
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Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in philosophy.
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Recommended Background Knowledge: *
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To be advised
Subject Overview:

The subject deals with topics from a range of areas in applied ethics, including issues of individual decision-making and public policy. The subject asks students to use skills in philosophical reasoning and knowledge of philosophical theory in such areas as moral, political, and legal philosophy, along with relevant empirical information, in order to devise solutions and assess proposals concerning selected practical problems. Students will become familiar with the recent literature in such journals as the 'Journal of Applied Philosophy', and 'Ethics.'

Assessment: A 5000-word essay 100% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:To be advised
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have refined the skills required for critical thinking;

  • have refined the skills required for written communication of research;

  • have improved their ability to integrate abstract moral and conceptual considerations with relevant empirical data.

Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Philosophy)
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Ethics
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Philosophy)
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics

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