Objectives and Content
After completing the course, the student should have:
- An overview of some central themes and debates in contemporary ethics and moral philosophy;
- A familiarity with key theories and scholarly literature related to these themes and debates;
- An understanding of concepts and arguments relevant to these themes and debates; and
- An understanding of how these themes and debates connect to each other and to current ethical and social issues.
- A deep understanding of at least one of the themes covered in the course, including familiarity with an expanded range of related scholarly literature.
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- Describe key concepts, positions, theories, and traditions in ethics and moral philosophy;
- Recognize the role these concepts, positions, theories, and traditions play in scholarly and public debates;
- Reconstruct and evaluate arguments advanced in support of different positions or theories in ethics and moral philosophy;
- Recognize practical implications of theoretical positions;
- Reflect on, and form well-reasoned judgements about themes and debates in ethics and moral philosophy;
- Communicate understanding and ideas related to the course content both orally and in writing.
- Formulate research questions related to the themes and debates covered in the course.
- Identify scholarly literature, from the course reading list and beyond, in preparation for answering a research question.
- Outline, propose, and write a research paper that engages with relevant scholarly literature.
After completing the course, the student should be competent to:
- Participate in scholarly debates in ethics and moral philosophy.
- Contribute philosophical insights to public debates about ethical and social issues.
- Study ethics and moral philosophy at a more advanced level.
- Conduct supervised research in ethics and political philosophy, e.g. at the doctoral level.
Level of Study
Semester of Instruction
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Access to the Course
Teaching and learning methods
Students will spend approximately 20 hours in class over the course of the semester, and approximately 10 hours per week outside of class working on course-related tasks. Class time will involve lectures or presentations by the instructor, discussions, and group work.
Students will be provided with supervision of the semester assignment. Over the course of the semester, there will be various opportunities for students to receive feedback on smaller formative assignments from the instructor and/or their peers.
The number of gatherings may be reduced if the number of students attending the course is less than 4. In that case, the students will be compensated with individual or group tutoring.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
An approval of compulsory requirements is valid for three semesters, including the semester in which the approval is given.
- Students must complete at least 7 formative assignments (around 500 words each). Deadlines are set by the department.
- Students must submit a proposal and draft of their semester assignment. Deadlines are set by the department.
- Students must attend a supervision session with the instructor.
Forms of Assessment
An essay of 4000- 6000 words (not including table of contents, list of references etc.) The topic of the essay must be approved in advance by the teacher of the course instructor. The essay will be assessed at the end of the semester.
Exams in the course are held every semester.
The compulsory activities have to be formally approved before one can take an exam in the course.
The compulsory requirements have to be formally approved in a semester in which there is teaching in the relevant course in order to register for the examination in a semester in which there is no teaching in that course.