In Introduction to Ethics

Ref: C2341077

Ethical questions are often difficult, and it can be hard to know what is morally right in a situation. We all have to deal with these issues but philosophers have done this in a more systematic way than most of us are able to in everyday life. This course is an opportunity to gain greater clarity about what ethics is about - is it subjective ? objective ? prescriptive ? We will consider different ways of making moral decisions - Are the consequences of our actions most important ? or the principles we follow in making decisions ? or what kind of person we aspire to be ? Knowledge of Philosophy is not expected.

Course aim

an introduction to how philosophers think about ethics and morality

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • explain in your own words how 'ethics' and 'moral' are understood in everyday life
  • give an outline of the three different philosophical theories of ethics covered on the course
  • name the key feature of what is moral in each of the three philosophies of morality covered on the course
  • explain in more detail what is distinctive about one of the theories of ethics or one of the philosophies of morality covered on the course
  • using an example, show how at least two different approaches covered on the course make moral decisions

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • 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

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In Introduction to Ethics

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