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CHB4101 - Ethics

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Jo Asscher


Clayton First semester 2008 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2008 (Off-campus)


This unit aims to provide students with a basic understanding of ethical theory as a foundation for their studies in bioethics. It deals with developments in meta-ethics since Hume, and with the three main traditional perspectives in normative ethics: utilitarianism, Kantianism, and virtue ethics.
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Essay (2000 words): 20%
Essay (4000 words): 50%
Take-home exam (2500 words): 30%
Distance Education students are also required to keep a journal, recording their work for each topic

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 3 hour seminar) per week

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