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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Psychology

Postgraduate Course: Moral Judgement and Behaviour (PSYL11080)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryCourse 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.
Course description 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 well-being, social harmony, and political and economic policy. This course will examine the major contemporary models of moral judgement 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 2 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
Reading Responses x2 = 35%
Participation = 10%
Essay = 55%
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. identify major contemporary models of moral judgement
  2. critically evaluate experimental evidence for and against models
  3. situate models in relation to each other (e.g. affective vs cognitive, single process vs dual process)
  4. apply models to issues of current moral interest (e.g. corporate corruption, human rights)
Reading List
Sample Readings:

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.
Additional Information
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
Keywordsmorality,cognitive psychology,corruption,judgement,decision making
Course organiserDr Adam Moore
Tel: (0131 6)50 3369
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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