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Applied Ethics (PHIL10017)

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Course Summary

Applied ethics covers a wide range of topics and issues. In general, it concerns the close consideration of cases, actual or possible, with regard to particular ethical issues and problems. Sometimes applied ethics proceeds by applying particular normative ethical theories to these cases, and sometimes the cases and ethical issues raised are considered more directly. Year-on-year the precise focus of the course may change. Examples of Specific areas of applied ethics include medical ethics, bioethics, environmental ethics, ethics of technology, business ethics, engineering ethics, and personal relationships.

Course Description

Applied ethics examines ethical issues that arise within a wide range of contexts (medical, financial/business, social, technological, personal, legal, environmental). Examples of areas that we may consider particular issues from include climate change, data ethics, robot ethics, bioethics and personal relationships. We explore these issues from the perspective of philosophical ethics, analyzing the problems and critically evaluating various possible solutions.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 100%, Coursework 0%, Practical Exam 0%

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