Applied Ethics


A systematic study of a major problem, major theme or major philosopher or group of philosophers; focused on value theory, ethics, and socio-political philosophy.



  • Semester 1 - 2015

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge and familiarity with the approaches taken and issues addressed by philosophers in the area of ethical theory

2. Critical skills to deal with these issues and employ these approaches in their thinking about a range of topics in applied ethics.


The course will examine the relationship between ethical theory and practice.

Some central ethical theories will be introduced, including utilitarianism, duty-based theories, and accounts of the moral importance of the person. These will be discussed in connection with a number of practical moral issues.

Practical topics that may be discussed include abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, informed consent, medical experimentation and new reproductive technologies.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): PHIL3830. Students who have successfully completed PHIL3830 are not eligible to enrol in PHIL2830.

Assumed Knowledge

10 units of PHIL courses at 1000 level, or 40 units of any courses at any level.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay 1

Essay: Essay 2

Contact Hours


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term