Day School - An Introduction to Moral Philosophy

Ref: C3741463

This fun and thought-provoking Philosophy study day introduces and evaluates different moral theories from the history of philosophy, focusing on the nature of morality and the motivation we might have to behave morally (including the connection between morality and self-interest). Key philosophers will be covered such as Hobbes, Plato and Kant. Strengths and weaknesses of the different moral theories will be considered, enabling learners to form reasoned judgements about them.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

This study day provides an introduction to moral philosophy, focusing on some key philosophers and discussing and assessing their ideas about the nature of morality and the motivation we might have to behave morally.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No prior knowledge is required, but a good grasp of English is essential

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

  • Explain some of the key theories on the nature of morality (from the history of philosophy).
  • Identify some of the key philosophers’ views on the connection between morality and self-interest.
  • Identify some of the main criticisms of the theories covered.
  • Think critically about issues arising from the content of the study day.

How will I be taught?

  • 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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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?

  • It might be helpful to bring paper and a pen with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • The tutor will recommend reading during the study day

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Individual reading/research and attending public Philosophy events

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Day School - An Introduction to Moral Philosophy 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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