Topics in Moral Psychology

Subject PHIL40003 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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 seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: An average of 10 hours each week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in philosophy or Gender Studies or to a postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in another area with coordinator approval.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Knowledge gained in 3 year Bachelor of Arts Degree or a Graduate Diploma.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Karen Jones


Dr Karen Jones

Subject Overview: The subject examines recent philosophical developments in the study of the psychology of moral agents. Topics to be covered may include: (1) the nature of rationality. (2) the nature of autonomy. (3) recent feminist contributions to moral psychology. (4) the relation between values and the self. (5) the role of emotion in moral psychology. (6) the relevance of moral psychology to other areas of philosophy such as metaethics.


Students who successfully complete this subject will

  • have a detailed knowledge of some of the main philosophical issues in moral psychology.
  • acquire the ability to critically engage with the most recent literature on the issues discussed.
  • have a sophisticated understanding of the relevance of moral psychology to other areas of philosophy such as metaethics.
Assessment: A 5000-word essay 100% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will

  • develop skills in constructing arguments and assessing their strength.
  • improve their ability to develop and defend their own position with regard to complex theoretical issues.
  • have learnt to present complex ideas clearly.
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Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies

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