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Undergraduate Course: Moral Judgment and Behaviour (PSYL10100)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Research Methods and Statistics 2 (PSYL10126) AND Research Methods & Statistics 3 (PSYL10127)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who have not passed these courses should contact the Course Organiser.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Block 2 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 65% essay (maximum length 2000 words).

35% reading response (600 words): Two x 1-2 page reading responses.

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Learning Outcomes
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.
Reading List
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.
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Course organiserDr Adam Moore
Tel: (0131 6)50 3369
Course secretaryMs Stephanie Fong
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733
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