Units of Study

PHIL7844 - Applied Ethics

Semester 1, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Ben Ellis Bramble


Advances in modern medicine and in our understanding of the natural world have raised a new and urgent set of moral questions. What are our ethical obligations towards sentient non-human animals, human embryos and the environment? Is it wrong to keep terminally ill or incapacitated humans alive against their wishes? If we can enhance the genetic capabilities of human beings, should we? This unit draws on contemporary moral philosophy to shed light on these and other pressing applied ethical questions.


1x1500wd essay (25%) and 1x3500wd essay (75%)


1x2-hr seminar/week



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