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Global Ethical Challenges (11145.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit looks at some of the major ethical challenges that face us today as reflective global citizens. These include questions about the morality of war, terrorism and torture; how we should manage the conflict between demands for economic development and the need to protect the environment; and what, if anything, we are morally obliged to do in response to the huge inequalities of wealth and opportunity that exist in the world. The overall purpose of the unit is not to promote any particular moral viewpoint, but to encourage students to critically analyse the conflicting arguments around these issues, and to develop and articulate their own reasoned moral responses to them.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Interpret and apply a range of theoretical positions to the process of ethical reasoning;

2. Analyse the major ethical arguments surrounding key global challenges; and

3. Articulate and support with clear and cogent reasoning their own ethical viewpoints on those global challenges.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of 1.5 hour lecture and 1.5 hour tutorial on-campus per week.





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Equivalent Units

8510 Global Ethical Challenges.

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