Introduction to Practical Ethics

National University of Ireland, Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Practical Ethics

  • Host University

    National University of Ireland, Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Ethics, Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This course (Practical Ethics) provides a rigorous, but non-technical examination of a wide range of contemporary moral issues. Among the issues discussed are vivisection, abortion, cloning, euthanasia, capital punishment and war.

    Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

    Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by written examination at the end of the second semester. Written course work (essay) - if required is added to the evaluation

    Core texts: J. Rachels, (ed.) Moral Problems. 3rd Ed. Harper & Row: New York 1979.
    T. Regan, (ed.) Matters of Life and Death. Random House, New York 1980.
    P. Singer (ed.), A Companion to Ethics. Blackwell, Oxford 1991.
    W.H. Shaw (ed.), Social and Personal Ethics. Wadsworth, Belmont/Calif. 1993.
    J. E. White (ed.), Contemporary Moral Problems. West Pub. Co: St. Paul,
    1985, 1994.
    H. Lafollette (ed.), Ethics in Practice, Blackwell: Oxford, 1977.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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