In this unit of study students gain the background in ethical philosophy necessary to engage in advanced analyses of issues in bioethics. Introduction to Ethical Reasoning familiarises students with classical theoretical frameworks such as virtue ethics, Kantian deontology, and utilitarianism that have been influential in the history of Western philosophy. The unit also examines more contemporary approaches to ethics, such as the capabilities approach, feminist ethics, human rights doctrines, and poststructuralist approaches. Across these different theoretical frameworks, discussions will focus on topics such as cultural relativism, universalism in ethics, difference and power. All assessments must be completed to pass this Unit.
Online plus 2x7 hour intensives (optional)
1x 2000wd essay (35%); 1x 4000wd essay (55%); participation in seminars or online (10%)
Students are provided with links to online readings (via the eResearve system). Supplementary readings can be accessed through the library or online.
If a sufficient number of students express interest, two days of face-to-face lectures will be held to supplement online learning.