Topics in Moral Psychology

Subject PHIL40003 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 (1x 2hour seminar each week)
Total Time Commitment:

An average of 10 hours each week





Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students who enrol in this subject must have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject explores various issues in the psychology of morals, paying particular attention to the relation between moral psychology and meta-ethics. Specific topics for discussion may include: autonomy and responsibility, recent feminist work on moral psychology, the role of emotion in moral psychology, values and the self, and the feminised versus the Kantian sublime.


Students who successfully complete this class should:

  • have a detailed knowledge of some of the main philosophical issues in moral psychology.
  • have acquired the ability to critically engage with important literature on the issues discussed.
  • have a sophisticated understanding of the relation of moral psychology to other areas of philosophy such as meta-ethics.


A 5000-word research essay 100% (due at the end of semester).

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to pass this subject. Regular participation in class is required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Readings will be available online.

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
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Philosophy

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