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CHB5288 - Ethical Issues in Legal and Professional Life

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Justin Oakley


City Term 1 2007 (Day)
City Trimester 3 2007 (Evening)


This unit examines some fundamental ethical issues in professional life generally, and considers how debates about specific ethical issues familiar to those in certain professions can be advanced by comparisons with discussions about parallel ethical issues arising in other professions. We investigate what sorts of moral considerations might allow professional roles to license behaviour which departs significantly from what ordinary morality would permit. The unit then examines euthanasia and the medical and nursing professions; zealous advocacy and the legal profession; social justice and business professionals, along with whistleblowing, and the moral psychology of professional roles.


Essay (3000 words): 60%
Take-home exam (2000 words): 40%

Contact hours

2 hours per week