Undergraduate Course: Moral Judgment and Behaviour (PSYL10100)
|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||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will examine major theoretical models of moral judgement and values. We will also study real world examples of moral behaviour, including corporate corruption, mass atrocity, and charitable giving.
In this course you will learn about competing models of moral judgement and the evidence that supports them. This ranges from arguments about the development of moral judgement from childhood to social psychological, neuroscientific, and computational models of adult moral judgement. You will then apply these models, to the extent they are applicable, to discussions and analyses of corporate corruption, altruistic behaviour/charitable giving, and mass atrocity/genocide.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 2 (Sem 1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||65% essay (maximum length 2000 words).
35% reading response (600 words): Two x 1-2 page reading responses.
|No Exam Information
| Students should be able to identify key streams of research in the study of moral behaviour and judgment, discuss empirical findings that test key models of explanation in these areas, and identify factors that play a role in how human beings perceive and react to moral situations.
|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 control in moral judgment. Neuron, 44, 389-400.
Wakslak, C.J., Jost, J.T., Tyler, T.R., & Chen, E.S. (2007). Moral outrage mediates the dampening effect of system justification on support for redistributive social policies. Psychological Science, 18, 267-274.
Greenberg, J. (1987). A taxonomy of organizational justice theories. The Academy of Management Review, 12, 9-22.
Mintz, M. (1987). At any cost: Corporate greed, women, and the Dalkon shield. In Corporate Violence: Injury and Death for Profit. Stuart L. Hills (Ed.). Totowa, NJ: Rowman & Littlefield.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Adam Moore
Tel: (0131 6)50 3369
|Course secretary||Ms Stephanie Fong
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733