Postgraduate Course: Moral Psychology (PHIL11030)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||How do people function in moral contexts? In this course we will explore how people make decisions, what determines how they act, and what are the implications of this for ethical theory. Whilst doing so, we will consider what is the relation between psychological research and philosophical theorizing. Topics to be covered may include: moral responsibility, moral judgments, motivation, intention, strength and weakness of the will and character traits. Although the approach is, at base, philosophical, the course will draw on some relevant social psychology literature.
Shared with UG Course PHIL10023 Moral Psychology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
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| On completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. an understanding of central theories and arguments in the field of moral psychology, 2. an understanding of how people make moral decisions 3. a knowledge of philosophical problems regarding judgement, reason, intention and the will, and the relation between the, 4. an awareness of the implications of findings in social psychology for problems in ethics 5. an ability to bring analytic and critical tools to bear in reading and writing about current topics of research in moral psychology
Students will also acquire the following transferable skills:
1. written skills
2. analytical skills
3. oral communication skills
4. ability to recognise and critically assess an argument 5. ability to apply philosophical reasoning to other disciplines and practices
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Allan Hazlett
|Course secretary||Ms Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002