COURSE CODE
PhilGp01sho
Group Size
6 - 8
Duration
10 hours
Certificate?
Yes
FEE
299 euro
plus VAT @19%
Two Delivery DATES
31st Aug - 28th Sep 2021 and then 1st Feb - 1st Mar 2022
Please state your preferred DATE in the Application Form

Course Description

How do we justify our actions? How do we know whether we did the right thing? In this short course on ethics, we will critically examine the three major approaches to ethics that propose competing answers to such fundamental questions: John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism, Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics, and Immanuel Kant’s Duty Ethics.

In broad terms, a philosophical study of ethics deals with the nature of right and wrong actions and with the question of what it means for one to live an ethical life. The three classical theories that we will explore in this course offer different perspectives on how one ought to live and what one should seek in life. These approaches will provide us with grounds and criteria with reference to which we can critically assess their inferences and conclusions.

Students will thus evaluate the strengths and drawbacks of different approaches to morality and develop their skills to judge the soundness and limits of philosophical arguments. While dealing with these theories, we will also be reflecting on the relation of ethics to personal opinion, beliefs, customs and culture, laws, and politics.

Who is this course for?

Of interest to all Pre-university A-level student, IB Diploma Students and American / Canadian SAT students, but especially:

  • IB Diploma Philosophy
  • AS and A-level Philosophy
  • International A-level Philosophy
  • Cambridge Pre-U Philosophy & Theology
  • French bac Philosophy
  • Undergraduate University Students

Delivery Formats

A variety of formats and educational devices will be used to promote understanding and creative engagement, including but not limited to: individual and small group discussions, Socratic dialogue, textual comprehension, argument analysis, and personalised constructive feedback.

What to expect?

The main objectives of the course are to:

  • Improve the ability to read philosophical texts.
  • Become familiar with the major approaches to ethics.
  • Develop critical thinking, text interpretation, argument analysis, and argument formulation skills.

What do you need for this course?

READINGS:

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Second Edition, Trans. by Terence Irwin(Indianapolis: Hackett, 1999)

Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy) (M. Gregor, Ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Mill, John Stuart. "Utilitarianism (Indianapolis: Hackett)."(2002).

Course Delivery Schedule

 “Introduction to Ethics” is a five-week course with four two-hour sessions per week and a summative individualised feedback session in the fifth week.

 The course schedule is as follows:

Introduction to Ethics Delivery Schedule

Snippet from the Course

The following PODCAST contains a brief snippet from your Europe Tutorial Academy Philosophy Tutor, Emre Ebetürk, of what you will experience on this course.

Course Assessments

In addition to ongoing formative feedback, after each of the first three sessions, students will write summative assessments. After the fourth session, students will write an essay-style response paper. The details of the assignments will be discussed in class.

Individualised Feedback

Once the tutor finishes evaluating student essays, he will hold an individual feedback session with each individual student at a mutually agreed time.

Next Steps

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We wish you every success. Enjoy your course!

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