PHL412 Advanced Ethics (8)

This subject will provide an in-depth understanding of some central issues and debates in theoretical and applied ethics. The subject explores what is fundamentally characteristic of, and at issue between, consequentialist, deontic and agent-based ethical theories. Various practical and applied implications of the ideas and values that underpin and motivate our different ethical views are examined in detail.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Entry requiring special approval from the subject co-ordinator

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of what characterises and contrasts our major ethical theories
  • be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the theoretical landscape in normative ethics
  • have a welldeveloped understanding of core ideas and values that ground or arise from our ethical theorising and practice
  • be able to assess and apply different and conflicting ethical claims in practical affairs
  • have developed a good theoretical understanding of the different and conflicting views about the nature of ethical reasons
  • be well prepared for further study in philosophical ethics


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Normative Ethics and Impartiality - Theories of Rightness and Value - Consequentialist Theories - Deontic Theories - Agent-based Theories - Autonomy and Integrity - Deontic Constraints - Actions, Agents and Reasons - Objective and Subjective Moral Criteria - Moral Worth - Regulative Moral Ideals - Morality and Personal Relations - Professional Role Morality


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.