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This subject draws on empirical psychology, philosophy and law to explore practical ways of reasoning through the complex moral challenges that face us in our private lives as well as in our professional roles and in our roles as responsible global citizens.
We will explore how people should and do reason about pressing contemporary issues including creating a moral self in the absence of authoritative moral guidance, navigating a social world consisting of diverse identities, and being a responsible, law‐abiding citizen in a global order in which issues such as climate change, technology, AI and mass migration pose complex and novel ethical dilemmas. We will explore answers to the question “how should one live” by drawing on scientific evidence from psychology, thought experiments and arguments from philosophy and illustrative cases from law and professional ethics.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject, students will be able to:
- Articulate philosophical, legal and psychological concepts that are relevant to ethical decision making
- Identify empirical research on biases in moral psychology
- Apply scientific, philosophical and legal reasoning to pressing ethical questions of the early 21st century
- Analyse ethical issues in light of normative concepts and decision‐making biases
- Evaluate their own ethical positions in relation to scientific, philosophical and legal reasoning
- Students will develop skills in: Critical thinking and reasoning; ethical reasoning; written, spoken and interpersonal communication; perspective taking; global citizenship; self‐awareness and reflection
Last updated: 1 March 2024