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Ethical Issues in Professional Life (12 points)


Leader: Justin Oakley

City T3-58 2003 (Off-campus)
City T3-58 2004 (Evening)

Synopsis: This unit examines some fundamental ethical issues in professional life, and the moral foundations of professional obligations. The unit begins by introducing the three main ethical theories - Kantianism, utilitarianism, and virtue ethics - and explains how each theory characteristically approaches issues in professional ethics. It moves on to examine euthanasia and the medical and nursing professions; zealous advocacy and the legal profession; and social justice and business professionals. It also deals with whistle-blowing and some issues in the moral psychology of professional roles.

Assessment: Essay (2000 words): 20% Essay (4000 words): 40% Take-home exam (3000 words): 40%

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

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