Introduction to Ethical Theory and Practice

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Ethical Theory and Practice

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Ethics, Religion

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Students should be able to explain the meaning and significance of the following basic ethical concepts: morality, customs, ethos, ethics, amoral judgments, descriptive ethics,prescriptive ethics, meta-ethics.

    Students should be able to explain the significance of the following ethical questions and to illustrate this with relevant examples: What is an appropriate vision for the good society? What virtues would describe a person of good moral character? What is the role of values and obligations in responsible decision-making?

    Students should be able to explain and use current theories of responsibility appropriately and with reference to case studies of moral decision making Main Content a. Introduction to ethical concepts b. The quest for a good society (the role of visions)c. The quest for people of character (the role of virtues)d. The quest for responsible action (the role of values and obligations)e. Exercises in moral decision making.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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