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ATS1371: Life, death and morality (Introduction to philosophy A)

Faculty of Arts

Life, death and morality (Introduction to philosophy A)

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This unit is an introduction to moral philosophy. The focus of the unit is the ethics of killing. We examine questions such as: When, if ever, is killing justified? Many of us think that killing is permissible in emergency rescue situations, or in self-defence. Is it possible to explain this in a way that is consistent with our more typical attitudes to killing? What about killing non-human animals for food? Like all philosophy units, this unit will also develop critical and analytic thinking skills.


1 - Other - 20% 2 - Essay - 35% 3 - Quiz/Quizzes - 5% 4 - Participation - 5% 5 - Take home final assessment - 35%


Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.