Postgraduate Course: Moral Judgement and Behaviour (PSYL11080)
|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||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Course covers key models of moral judgement, including Kohlberg's developmental model, dual process models of Greene et al. and Haidt's Social Intuitionist Model, computational approaches to modeling moral judgement, and Moral Foundations Theory. Topics also include models of corporate corruption and the psychology of mass atrocity.
Morality is critical to our lives, with differences in what people think is moral or not, and differences in what people do in moral situations, profoundly affecting individual and collective wellbeing, social harmony, and political and economic policy. This course will examine the major contemporary models of moral judgment and reasoning, and the evidence both for and against them. Throughout the course we will ask where the focus of morality is: the individual or the situation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 2 (Sem 1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Reading Responses x2 = 35%
Participation = 10%
Essay = 55%
||Formative feedback is delivered on each of the reading responses and in the discussion session, as well as stochastically within the lectures themselves, in the form of Q&A exchanges.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- identify major contemporary models of moral judgement
- critically evaluate experimental evidence for and against models
- situate models in relation to each other (e.g. affective vs cognitive, single process vs dual process)
- apply models to issues of current moral interest (e.g. corporate corruption, human rights)
|Baron, J. (1995). A psychological view of moral intuition. Harvard Review of Philosophy, p. 36-40.|
Haidt, J. (2001). The emotional dog and its rational tail: A social intuitionist approach to moral judgment. Psychological Review, 108, 814-834.
Greene, J. D., Nystrom, L. E., Engell, A. D., Darley, J. M., & Cohen, J. D. (2004). The neural bases of cognitive conflict and control in moral judgment. Neuron, 44, 389-400.
Moore, A. B., Clark, B. A., & Kane, M. J. (2008). Who shalt not kill? Individual differences in working memory capacity, executive control, and moral judgment. Psychological Science, 19, 549-557.
Cushman, F. (2013). Action, outcome, and value: A dual-system framework for morality. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 17, 273-292.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Critical analysis, evaluation of evidence, understanding the mapping between models and the cognition/behaviour they purport to explain
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Attend all lectures and tutorials as scheduled
|Keywords||morality,cognitive psychology,corruption,judgement,decision making
|Course organiser||Dr Adam Moore
Tel: (0131 6)50 3369
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188