PHIL136-23SU2 (C) Summer Nov 2023 start

Ethics Today

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 November 2023
End Date: Sunday, 17 December 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 November 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 3 December 2023


Ethics Today

Every day we face, or are affected by, ethical issues arising from the internet, punishment, globalisation, government, and our everyday interactions with others. Is the death penalty justified? Is it ever okay to gossip or lie? Should you donate money to help starving people on the other side of the world? Should all drugs be decriminalised? Is your fitbit going to betray you? These are just a few of the questions we will discuss in this course. We will consider both what our ethical obligations to others are, and what obligations governments and companies have to us.

This course is organised into five main topics:
·      The Internet
·      Interpersonal Dilemmas
·      Crime and Punishment
·      Global Obligations
·      Autonomy and Paternalism

This course offers you an opportunity to think about real world problems and the questions they raise.

Learning Outcomes

1. An understanding of ethical theories and how relate to contemporary ethical issues
2. An understanding of contemporary ethical issues.
3. The ability to critically assess ethical positions using reason and evidence.
4. The ability to apply ethical theories and reasoning to moral dilemmas they may face in their
 own lives.
5. Skills in analysing and presenting reasoned arguments.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Contact Person

Carolyn Mason


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quiz 1 10% 1 - 2 hours estimated
Assignment 1 10% Short assignment, 250 words
Assignment 2 10% Short assignment, 500 words
Essay 60% 1,500 words
Quiz 2 10% 1 - 2 hours estimated

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

All PHIL136 Occurrences

  • PHIL136-23SU2 (C) Summer Nov 2023 start
  • PHIL136-23SU2 (D) Summer Nov 2023 start (Distance)