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Continuing Moral Philosophy

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.


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COURSE DESCRIPTION

Can consequentialism survive its critics? Can Kantians successfully defend ethical rationalism? Or must morality be grounded in human sentiment? This course explores in greater depth themes introduced in Introducing Moral Philosophy, enabling students to consolidate, extend and deepen their understanding. The course focuses primarily on ethical theory in the western analytic tradition but may include complementary topics from moral psychology, metaethics and applied ethics. Students ideally should have taken Introducing Moral Philosophy or equivalent but no other knowledge of philosophy is assumed.

Syllabus content

The module focuses on normative ethics and topics may include:

Additional subjects might include complementary topics in:

The course may draw on case studies and examples from fiction and non-fiction to illustrate the theoretical positions discussed and students are encouraged to draw further examples from their own experience.

Who is this course for?

Anyone with an interest in the topic. Ethical theory can inform our understanding of moral issues and relationships. This course explores in greater depth themes introduced in Introducing Moral Philosophy, enabling students to consolidate, extend and deepen their understanding. The course focuses primarily on ethical theory in the western analytic tradition but may include complementary topics from moral psychology, metaethics and applied ethics.

Learning and Teaching

There will be a mixture of short lectures and discussion, the precise proportion to be determined by the needs of the students enrolled. Also we will discuss examples and case studies. This will encourage the development of knowledge and understanding of the ideas and concepts discussed in the course. Intellectual skills will be encouraged through participation in class discussion, reading and coursework.

Coursework and Assessment

Essays or other equivalent written assignments to a total of 1500 words demonstrating an understanding of core elements of the course material
For us, the most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.

Reading Suggestions

Essential texts:

Recommended texts:

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.