PHL101 Applied Ethics (8)

In this subject philosophical techniques and theories are applied to issues of practical concern and controversy - particularly issues concerning the beginning or the ending of human life.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a grasp of basic philosophical techniques of analysis and argument
  • be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of central ethical theories
  • be able to apply their skills of analysis and argument and their understanding of theories to the clarification and resolution of the particular practical moral problems/issues addressed in the Syllabus


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Philosophical Theory a) The analysis and evaluation of philosophical arguments concerning the practical problems addressed. b) The appreciation and evaluation of central ethical theories applied to the practical problems addressed.
  • Applications - Practical moral problems/issues concerning the beginning or ending of human life, including abortion, research on embryos, infanticide, euthanasia.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PHL101 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assessment item 1
Assessment item 2

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.