Plato, Aristotle and Ethics

Ref: C2224503

How did Plato and Aristotle influence the development of Christian and Islamic beliefs and ethics? What are the central themes in Natural Moral Law; Utilitarianism; Kantian Ethics; Situation Ethics? Just War theory – what is it and is it ever ethical? Discussion and debate are essential aspects of this course.

Course aim

To understand how the teachings of Plato and Aristotle influenced later Christian and (briefly) Islamic beliefs and ethics. What are some of the main Ethical Arguments and Theories? How might these work in practice?

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed

What topics will this course cover

- The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning - I will provide a range of books, articles and videos, both factual and academic and fictional. You will also be give a book list and may choose to buy your own copies of some of the texts.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. To understand, consider, discuss and evaluate the key arguments. 2. You will also be able to use key terminology, some/all of which you may already be familiar with, and be able to cite key scholars to back up your arguments. 3. You will be able to evaluate different ethical decisions based on the different systems we have studied. 4. You will be able to evaluate Just War theory in ethical terms and consider whether or not any war can truly be considered Just. 5. You will engage either actively or passively in group discussions.

How will I know I'm making progress?

- A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

- Detailed teaching notes based on the Power Points will be provided but learners are welcome to bring their own notebooks and pens.

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - Progress to a course with another provider - Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member - Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Plato, Aristotle and Ethics Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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