Contemporary Ethics PHIL5065
- Academic Session: 2020-21
- School: School of Humanities
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
This course is concerned with some leading contemporary theories in normative ethics.
2 lectures per week for 9 weeks, plus 4 seminars. The course may not run every year. Options running this year are available on MyCampus.
Requirements of Entry
Standard entry to Masters at College level
Two essays, equally weighted, each with a word limit of 2500 words.
This course aims to:
■ introduce students to issues in contemporary normative theory
■ foster an appreciation of the relation between an inquiry into practical moral wisdom and philosophical normative theory.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
■ Analyse and critically evaluate recent versions of consequentialism, virtue ethics, and their competitors and variants;
■ Explain and evaluate the bearing of epistemological issues on ethics;
■ Engage critically with recent writers on these issues.
Assessment for this course is at Masters Level
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.