PHIL40003 Topics in Moral Psychology

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar each week for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to fourth year Honours or the Postgraduate Diploma in the discipline of Philosophy

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Karen Jones


Dr Karen Jones


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.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this class will:

  • 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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://www.philosophy.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 points Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics

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