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Watch this course video! We examine questions such as: Is eating animals immoral? Is being a good or bad person a matter of luck? If so, are we justified in punishing bad people? Should anyone be able to set limits on what you can do with your own body, even if it's ‘for your own good’? Should everyone be allowed to state their mind, even if their views are harmful or offensive? Is censorship ever justifiable? Do you have a moral obligation to help those worse-off? Are you unknowingly biased against underprivileged groups? Download course guide
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
This course aims to introduce students to central debates in contemporary Philosophy. To introduce key philosophical questions about warfare, art, gender, the mind and our moral attitude towards non-human animals. To develop students' skills of reading and engaging critically with primary texts. To develop students' skills of reasoning, argumentation and debate. Students will have acquired knowledge of central debates in contemporary Philosophy and of key philosophical questions about morality, warfare, art, gender and the mind. Students will understand the main ideas in each of these debates, and will be able to explain differences between various positions in these debates. Students will have critically engaged with primary texts. Students will have articulated the results of their learning clearly and systematically in written form and discussion.
Should you eat animals? Are you really free to choose your own actions? Should you be allowed to do whatever you want with your own body? Can computers think? What is art? Is war ever morally justified? Is torture ever morally justified? What exactly is sexism? How widespread is it? In this course, we will examine these and other questions of contemporary Philosophy. The aims of this course are to help students understand the arguments at play in a wide variety of philosophical disputes and to encourage students to form their own reasoned views through active debate.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
1st Attempt: One 1000-word essay (50%) and one take home examination (50%)
Resit: One 1500-word essay (100%). In line with School Policy, failure to submit a component piece of assessed work, or submitting a token piece, will result in the withdrawal of the class certificate (students are not eligible for resit).
Feedback on essays; individually arranged conversations during office hours/by appointment/ feedback on in-class presentations
Written on essay and marking sheet; office hours/appointment; peer questions and comments during in-class presentations