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New Research in Practical Ethics (PHIL90040)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePHIL90040
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will acquaint new research students with cutting edge, forthcoming research in practical ethics, broadly construed. Practical ethics involves ethical theory applied to practical topics. Representative examples include collective responsibility for climate change; the scope of human rights; individual responsibility for institutional racism; duties to give to international charities helping poor people. The subject will be structured around regular visits from scholars presenting material in the advanced stages of preparation for publication. Enrolled students will be able to read this material before the meetings and have opportunities to engage directly with the visiting scholars. The subject does not require a background in Philosophy, and will be of interest to anyone perplexed by the moral issues that frequently arise in our daily life. It will give students critical tools that generalize to thinking about a wide range of ethical problems.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject should develop:

 

  • The capacity to contextualise research within an international corpus of specialist knowledge
  •  An advanced ability to evaluate and synthesize research-based and scholarly literature
  • An understanding of the relevance and value of their research to national and international communities of scholars and collaborators
  • A capacity to cooperate with and respect the contributions of fellow researchers and scholars

Generic skills

The subject will contribute, through teaching and discussion with academic staff and peers, to developing skills and capacities including those identified in the University-defined Graduate Attributes for the PhD, in particular:

  • the capacity to contextualise research within an international corpus of specialist knowledge,
  • an advanced ability to engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of research-based and scholarly literature,
  • an advanced understanding of key disciplinary and multi-disciplinary norms and perspectives relevant to the field.
  • The capacity to contextualise research within an international corpus of specialist knowledge
  • An advanced ability to engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of research-based and scholarly literature
  • An advanced understanding of key disciplinary and multi-disciplinary norms and perspectives relevant to the field

Last updated: 23 March 2019