2018 Winter School Subject List

Practical Ethics (PHIL2617) - Opens 04 Oct 2016

Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Level: Undergraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1) Dr Caroline West - caroline.west@sydney.edu.au

(1) Dr Caroline West - caroline.west@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 17 Jan 2017 
End Date: 02 Mar 2017 
Capacity: 50 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 04 Oct 2016 
Applications Close: 04 Jan 2017 
Census date: 30 Jan 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 30 Jan 2017 
Available to audit: Yes
Open to HSC graduates?: Yes


  1. Prerequisite: - 

    12 Junior credit points


This unit draws on contemporary moral philosophy to shed light on some of the most pressing practical, ethical questions of our time, including euthanasia, abortion, surrogacy, censorship, animal rights, genetic testing and cloning and environmental ethics. By the end of the unit, students should have a good understanding of these practical ethical issues; and, more crucially, be equipped with the conceptual resources to think through new ethical questions and dilemmas as they arise in their personal and professional lives.


1x2500wd Essay (40%), Tutorial participation (10%), Tutorial presentation (10%) and 1x2000wd Take-home exam (40%)


Start Date: 17 Jan 2017     End Date: 02 Mar 2017

Lectures: Tue & Thu: 10:00 - 12:00 hrs

Tutorials: Tue & Thu: 13:00 - 14:00 hrs

Lectures & Tutorials:

Quadrangle Building, McRae Room S418


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