2532.19 - General Ethics
Bachelor degree or equivalent with an adequate component of either social analysis and planning, political science and administration, or history
The course aims first at making students aware of ethical issues and how these are treated from the perspective of moral philosophy. Secondly, the aim is to get the students to develop their analytical skills so they are able to understand and identify the philosophical presuppositions and indications that underlie relevant issues in either social analysis and planning, political science and administration, or history.
The course aims to describe how ethical issues are treated from a moral philosophical perspective. It will be described what ethical argumentation is, on which assumptions it is based, and how ethical argumentation can be used to deal with ethical questions in contemporary society. Basic ethical positions will be discussed, as deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics and proximity ethics, and advantages and disadvantages will be highlighted. The course will in addition cover bioethics, environmental- and animal ethics, technoethics, research ethics and corporate ethics. For the home assignment, the student must demonstrate that s/he is able to, on basis of the above mentioned, analyse a problem or topic in either social analysis and planning, political science and administration, or history.
Learning and teaching approaches
Lectures, discussions, and active participation from the students.
Upon completion of the course students should be able to: • Explain main points about the ethical theories they have studied during the course. • Understand what ethical argumentation is about and what presuppositions and assumptions it is based upon. • Analyse foundational questions in ethics. • Identify and analyse ethical questions in the contemporary society. • Self-consciously assess and make a reasoned evaluation of ethical problems. • Identify and analyse ethical understandings, presuppositions, and allusions behind, and related to relevant issues within either social analysis and planning, political science and administration, or history.
5 hour written exam and a home assignment. It is a precondition for the exam that the student has filed the written home assignment. The home assignment accounts for 1/3 of the grade and the written exam for 2/3. To pass the module students must at least obtain the grade 02 for the home assignment and the written exam individually.
Reading materials, around 800 pages. In addition, there will be the reading materials collected by the student in relation to the home assignment.
Jógvan Dalbø Hansen