Philosophy: Ethics

Ref: C3742876

What are the processes by which we come to ethical conclusions? Philosophers have struggled with this question since classical times and it is still a crucial issue (listen to any 'phone-in show!). This course will look at the solutions offered by philosophers in the Western tradition from the Ancient Greeks to 21st century medical ethics.

Course aim

To introduce Western ethical theories from the Classical world to the 21st century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Explain, with the aid of the notes supplied, any one of the theories discussed.
  • compare and contrast, with the aid of the notes supplied, any two of the theories discussed.
  • Offer, with the aid of the notes supplied, a critique of any one of the theories discussed.

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

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
  • 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: Ethics

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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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