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CHB5101 - 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. The unit outlines three main perspectives in normative ethics - Kantianism, Utilitarianism, and Virtue Ethics - and examines several key problems for each of these approaches. The unit also considers certain issues in meta-ethics, such as the question of whether moral judgements must be relative to individuals or cultures, or whether they can be objective.
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Essay (2000 words): 20%
Essay (4000 words): 50%
Take-home exam (3000 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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