Theories of Ethics

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Course Venue:

Laboratory 2

College of Humanities and Social Sciences



Large Lecture Room 3

Senate Building
Senate House Large Lecture Room 3
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Schedule

9 AM: 
10 AM
10 AM: 
11 AM
9 AM: 
10 AM
5 PM: 
6 PM
Course Code: 
EHR 2101
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

This course describes theories and principles of ethics.  The course concentrates on theories like; utilitarianism, rule based ethics, and virtue ethics. The course will also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each of these theories.   

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course students should be able to 1.      Explain the various theories of ethics, like the consequentialist’s theories, the duty based theories, and rule based theories.2.      Define the consequentialist and non-consequentialist views on ethics3.      Describe and critically analyze the two main consequentialist theories i.e., ethical egoism and utilitarianism4.      Describe and critically evaluate virtue ethics or duty based theories of ethics expounded by  Kant’s Duty Ethics and Ross’s Prima Facie Duties(a)    Know the anthropological ‘facts’ about universalism and relativism and understand the criticism of these ‘facts’(b)   Understand how basic principles are important in making moral decisions5.      Describe and critically examine the rule based ethical theory and they impact on ethical decision making.         

Theories of Ethics
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