Ethical Theory

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Ethical Theory

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Ethics, Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 PHIL pts, inlcuding 20 from PHIL 200-399;

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    An examination of the foundations of ethics. What is distinctive about moral language? Are moral properties real? Are our moral judgements justified (and if so how)? Topics related to moral psychology and the evolution or moral cognition may also be covered.

    Learning Objectives
    Students passing the course should be able to:
    1. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the field of ethical theory;
    2. apply this knowledge in the critical analysis of metaethical theories;
    3. advance their abilities to undertake logical and critical thinking;
    4. practice and improve their critical writing skills and presentation skills.

    1st essay- 50%
    2nd essay- 50%

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