Undergraduate Course: Applied Ethics (PHIL10017)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will consider the application of ethical theory to cases, imagined and real. This year, special emphasis will be given to contemporary debates in bioethics, exploring questions that arise as a result of new and emerging medical developments. We will explore the role that applied ethics can play in meeting these challenges.
For example, we will cover questions such as the following: What are the arguments for and against various forms of moral and cognitive enhancement? What is the relationship between enhancement and authenticity? How should we approach the use of pharmacological interventions that aim to influence our emotions in interpersonal relationships? And what dilemmas are associated with genetic testing, selection and manipulation?
This course is concerned mainly with bioethics: the practical ethical questions that arise from changes in technology, medicine and society that challenge our ideas of human dignity and what it is to be human.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017) AND
Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014)
||Other requirements|| Students studying on MA Cognitive Science (Humanities) are permitted to take this course without having met the pre-requisites of Mind, Matter and Language and Knowledge and Reality. However, it is advisable that students discuss the suitability of the course with their PT and the course organiser before enrolling.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Midterm essay (40%)
Final Essay (60%)
||One or more formative essays with feedback may be submitted.
|No Exam Information
|Course organiser||Dr Emma Gordon
Tel: (0131 6)50 3484
|Course secretary||Miss Ann-Marie Cowe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961