Postgraduate Course: Applied Ethics MSc (PHIL11105)
|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||This course will consider the application of ethical theory to cases, imagined and real, especially in relation to bioethics and the emergence of new technologies.
Shared with undergraduate course Applied Ethics PHIL10017
For courses co-taught with undergraduate students and with no remaining undergraduate spaces left, a maximum of 8 MSc students can join the course. Priority will be given to MSc students who wish to take the course for credit on a first come first served basis after matriculation.
This course will consider the application of ethical theory to cases, imagined and real. Special emphasis will be given to the issue of humanity and its relations to the ideas of human dignity and genetic enhancement. The first part of the course will begin with topics that have received considerable philosophical debate, such as abortion and euthanasia. From these we will move toward contemporary issues, e.g. future challenges arising from the application of technology to medical science. Overall we will be concerned to understand the role that applied ethics can play in meeting these challenges. Similarly we will be seeking to understand the limits of applied ethics and philosophy, more generally, in these arenas, especially in contrast to the considerations that may apply in making social policies.
The course will not be discussing the following topics which often feature in applied ethics courses: engineering, environmental, legal, medical, healthcare, information, political ethics or animal rights.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- become familiar with key debates in bioethics including abortion and euthanasia
- understand the relationship between normative theory, metaethical theory, and the idea of applied ethics.
- grasp the doing/allowing distinction often used in applied ethics
- relate debates in applied ethics to other areas of moral philosophy and ethical theory, as well as law and social policy
- assess the roles of difficult concepts like freedom, dignity and autonomy in bioethics.
|We will work from assorted articles, reading one or two each week. These vary as new topics emerge. |
The full details will be in the course guide on LEARN.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
Selective note taking.
Developing an argument.
|Course organiser||Dr David Levy
Tel: (0131 6)50 9943
|Course secretary||Ms Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002