Contemporary Ethical Issues

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Ethical Issues

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Ethics, Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    An introduction to issues in applied ethics. Topics may include: the morality of the death penalty, war, cloning, abortion and euthanasia, and the moral status of non-human animals.

    Learning Objectives
    Students passing the course should be able to:
    1. explain the fundamental ethical principles that govern good scholarship in philosophy
    2. explain some of the current debates in the field of applied ethics
    3. evaluate a variety of arguments
    4. define clearly and precisely key concepts in the field of applied ethics.

    In-class test- 15%
    Tutorial Exercises- 15%
    Essay- 35%
    Final Exam- 35%

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