Week 1 - INTRODUCTION AND ETHICAL THEORY: UTILITARIANISM
1. What is theoretical ethics? Explain how it is useful.
Ethics is a branch of philosophy that considers ideas about how humans should treat one
another, and how societies s
Module 01 Overview
What is the family?
What is family violence?
What is the separation of private and public spheres?
What is the social construction of femininity?
What is the social construction of masculinity?
What is liberal ideology?
Describe the basic elements and forms of the communication process.
Referent: Motivates one person to talk to another (ex In health care = odour, sounds,
sight, perception, time schedules etc)
Sender (msg acts as referent fo
Addiction: chronic brain disease which causes deterioration and is categorized by compulsive drug use
despite the negative consequences that follows
Drug dependence = Increased dosage of drugs in order to achieve its same desired result by recreating
Discuss the specific risks to safety related to developmental ages
Infants: Leading cause of death is unintentional injuries, Poisoning because they put almost everything in
Adolescents: risk taking behaviours; smoking, substance us
Cardio-Pulmonary Death =Person is dead when there is irriversake cessatub of circulatory and
Problem when respirators were invented, May have lung action but could be a result of the
Whole-Brain death = Person is dead when the
Dyting = Process
Death = state of being daed at the end of our life
Future focused extrinsic value
By thinking of our ouwn mortality it brings us to better understandon of what really matters in
Death seems closer, has effect on c
History of abuse
Tuskegee (USA 1932-1972)
o Research wanted to study natural corse of syphilis in African Americans
o Tried to enrol ppl in clinical trail but got very few trails , almost acess to healthcare in
o Told ppl in the are that giving fr
Types of arguments
Deductive (top-down)= Begin by stating genereal principle and then try to apply it to particular
o Gives you certainty (never get that from scientific reasoning)]
o To discuss good or bad
Valid or invalid (logical form)
Not about rule but a method of thinking
Looks at character what kind of person should I be
o Devel character traits that are virtous
o Intrinsic value = Eudaemonia => flourishing or well-being of whole society (not just
Monistic theory: 1 thing has intrinsic value & everything else is valued from that one thing
Intrinsic value: the value is inside the thing itself
Extrinsic: borrows its value from something else
Polyistic: value is in itself
Last class: Utilitarianism an
Introduction: The Principlist Approach; Thought Experiments: the streetcar case
Philosophy is a rational activity that identifies beliefs, clarifies concepts, and makes judgments about
whether beliefs should be held and whether the concepts make sense.
Week 3 - CARE ETHICS AND FEMINIST ETHICS
Feminist approaches fall into two categories: the ethics of care and feminist ethics.
1. Explain the main approach of care ethics. What are the strengths of this approach and what
are the weak
Week 8 - REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
The Rise of Reproductive Technologies
In vitro fertilization: a woman is given drugs which allow her ova to ripen. The ova are then
extracted and fertilized outside the body. One or more of the re
Week 7 - DEATH & DYING
Euthanasia and suicide have been around for centuries
Beliefs and opinions vary within cultures, beliefs, religions
Many ethical problems relating to death and dying are new due to advances in medical
Week 2 - DEONTOLOGY AND VIRTUE ETHICS
Categorical imperative: something you do for the sake of something else.
weaknesses of this approach?
Kantism is pretty much the opposite of utilitarianism
Week 2: Ethical Theories
Friday, September 16, 2011
Utilitarianism: brand of consequentialism
- Actions are judged as morally correct when they result in consequences that are optimal
- Outcomes are the determining factor
- Fundamental morality: d