Philosophy - Morality vs. Ethics: Getting Good People to do Bad Things

Ref: C3529557

This course will argue for a distinction between morality and ethics. We will begin by looking at traditional moral systems where morality is a form of 'rationality', but also how this may have allowed terrible things to have happened. In response we will examine the work of people who have argued that morality is just a form of power and ethics is how we transcend or negate it.

Course aim

To provide a philosophical, historical and sociological distinction between morality and ethics.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • I will be able to identify and explain at least one moral philosophy
  • I will be able to examine and critique at least one moral philosophy and how it differs to ethics
  • Correct use of technical vocabulary

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?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Philosophy - Morality vs. Ethics: Getting Good People to do Bad Things

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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