Units of study

PHIL2655 - Ethics

Semester 1, 2018  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Jesse Gudrun Miller
Email: jesse.miller@sydney.edu.au


This unit addresses philosophical issues concerning how we should live our lives. It surveys theories of which goals are good and which actions are right. Students will gain an overview of philosophical approaches to questions like: must we act for the greater good, or is it ok to show a special concern for our friends? Can we be justified in harming some people to help others? Can small benefits to many people justify imposing a great loss on a few? Is there an objective fact about what is morally right, or is morality subjective or relative?


1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x2000wd take-home exercise (40%), 1x500wd oral presenation and summary (10%), tutorial presentation (10%)


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


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