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Applied Ethics: Environment, Animals and Society (PHL210)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit teaches students how to apply ethics reasoning by focusing on pressing moral problems in the public and global spheres. Topics covered include: environmental degradation and our obligations towards nature, climate change and questions of intergenerational justice, the problem of the global commons, the responsibility of consumers, the moral status of non-human animals, and the ethical dimensions of food production. It focuses on the development of practical skills in ethical judgement, in a world where values are contested and changing.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Engage in reasoned discussion and expression of ethical positions
2. Read and understand philosophical texts
3. Prepare and present succinct and precise summaries of the main issues at stake in a position
4. Research and develop a sustained written analysis of a specific issue
5. Work more effectively in the formulation of collective views.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences This unit combines timetabled learning through lectures and tutorials with a strong self-study component. Students are expected to read the core readings for each session and prepare answers to study questions on a weekly basis (internal and external). There is an emphasis on active class participation and group discussion. Students should be prepared to discuss the core readings in tutorials (internal) or use the online discussion space (external).
Assessment The assessment tasks are designed so as to improve students' reading comprehension, enable them to deliver an ethical argument in written form and foster self-study abilities. Internal students will also practice presentation skills, while for external students there is a somewhat stronger emphasis on analytic reading and writing skills.
First assignment external students: Reading Analysis, 1,000 words (20%)
First assignment internal students: Tute participation (10%) & short presentation (10%)
Second assignment (all students): 2,000 word essay (45%)
Third assignment (all students): 1,500 words exam (35%).
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Philosophy (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Philosophy
Appears in these Minors Ethics
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Anne Schwenkenbecher
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6328
e: A.Schwenkenbecher@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.057 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Anne Schwenkenbecher
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6328
e: A.Schwenkenbecher@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.057 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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