Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, advanced course, 7.5 credits (721A47)

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, advanced course, 7.5 hp

Course description

Modern societies are confronted with many moral challenges. The focus of this course is the relation between ethical theory and moral practice. In this course, various normative ethical theories will be studied, like natural law theory, utilitarianism, kantianism and virtue ethics. Students will learn to apply the theories to practical problems and to criticise and evaluate the theories in the light of their implications for practice.

Main field of study

Applied Ethics

Level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject course

Examiner

Elin Palm

Course coordinator

Elin Palm

Director of studies or equivalent

Elin Palm

Available for exchange students

Yes

Contact

Birgitta Lönning, student advisor

Monica Wise, administrator

Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2018 v201836-201840 English Linköping
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2018 v201836-201840 English Linköping

Main field of study

Applied Ethics

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level

A1X

Entry requirements

A bachelors degree/kandidatexamen of at least 180 ECTS credits or the equivalent. Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska B/Engelska 6.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the students should on an advanced level be able to
- account for and analyse, theories and problems within the field of ethics and applied ethics,
- develop a theoretically informed argumentation in specific problem areas of applied ethics
- formulate theory-based policy recommendations and assessment regarding moral issue in one specific professional setting,
- express an open and critical attitude to positions and arguments.

Course content

Until recently, the term 'applied ethics' was taken quite literally: the application of ethical theory to issues in practical life. Nowadays, many ethicists acknowledge that the relationship between ethical theory and moral practice might be more interactive. Moral choices may be guided or criticised from the perspective of some ethical theory. Theories may also be criticised and adjusted from the point of view of well-considered moral judgements concerning concrete problems. In this course, various normative ethical theories will be studied, like natural law theory, utilitarianism, kantianism and virtue ethics. The student will learn to apply the theories to practical problems and to criticise and evaluate the theories in the light of their implications for practice.

Teaching and working methods

In the course, students read and analyse texts, participate in group discussions, write papers and are actively involved in seminar discussions. In addition, lectures are provided. Homework and independent study are a necessary complement to the course. Language of instructions: English.

Examination

The course is examined by oral presentations and writing a paper. Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Grades

ECTS, EC

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

Department

Institutionen för kultur och kommunikation

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