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Applied Ethics

When you'll study it
Semester 1
CATS points
15
ECTS points
7.5
Level
Level 4
Module lead
Brian McElwee

Module overview

In both public and private life, we face difficult and pressing ethical questions every day. Should we give a proportion of our wealth to those in developing countries? Should we allow doctors to perform abortions or euthanasia and, if so, under what circumstances? How should we respond to the threat climate change poses to future generations? And so on. In many cases these questions are inescapable—we cannot sit around and hope that the issues they concern will go away. Our answers to them make a difference to our lives and to the lives of others. Unfortunately, the heated debates surrounding such questions can appear intractable. The aim of this module is to offer you the chance to reflect on certain real world ethical questions and the issues they raise, and to discuss those issues in a dispassionate and informed way.

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