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This subject will examine some of the central debates in applied ethics. Topics discussed may include ethical issues associated with intellectual property, self-regulation and meta-regulation, social responsibility of the professionals, defamation, racial vilification, climate change, treatment of animals problems raised by new developments in biotechnology, treatment of asylum seekers and suspected terrorists and the ethics of war and military intervention. The course will also introduce students to normative ethical theories as an aid to developing coherent position on the controversies discussed.
This class meets on 5 Saturdays during semester, the exact dates to be determined in the first meeting.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject will
- have developed an understanding of the fundamentals of philosophical argumentation and theory;
- be able to demonstrate a substantial knowledge of one or more areas in the study of professional and applied ethics;
- understand the theoretical sources of the key concepts in these areas of study;
- understand the application of these concepts to their professional field or study area;
- have developed research and analysis skills to enable further study in the area of applied ethics at a higher academic level;
- present theories and arguments concisely and critically.
Last updated: 2 December 2019