Moral Theory

National University of Ireland, Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Moral Theory

  • Host University

    National University of Ireland, Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students may not take this course if enrolled in PI246

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Course description: This course will introduce students to the principal positions in contemporary moral theory including consequentialism, deontology and virtue theory. It will also explore the question of the role of feeling in moral choice. The course will deal with the main contemporary moral theorists within the context of moral theory going back to Hume and Kant.

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

    Methods of assessment and evaluation:
    Overall assessment is based on continued assessment. Written course work (essay), if required, is added to the evaluation.

    Core text:

    Mark Timmons, Moral Theory: An Introduction, Lanham, Md, Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.

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.

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