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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Ethics
Module Code TP154
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Bert Gordijn
Semester 2: Bert Gordijn
Autumn: Bert Gordijn
Module TeachersAlan Kearns
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module provides an introduction to philosophical foundations of Ethics. The module introduces participants to the study of Ethics and considers in a systematic manner fundamental questions such as how do I determine what is right or wrong, good or bad? Does having a bad intention matter if I do something good? Does morality depend on religion? Are there any objective moral values and principles? Does the end always justify the means? The module examines how philosophical ethical theories and reflection can influence moral decision-making. It also focuses on ethical reflection and deliberation within theological ethics.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of a number of theories, concepts and methods in philosophical and theological ethics.
2. Synthesise and communicate a range of potential moral viewpoints and arguments supported by relevant academic sources.
3. Critically analyse, evaluate and interact with a variety of ethical questions and issues supported by relevant ethical sources.
4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate an understanding of philosophical and theological ethics within the context of a pluralist, multi-cultural Irish society.
5. Develop and further their skills and self-confidence in appraising ethical issues and challenges.
6. Apply and assess the application of an ethical theory to a case study.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study80No Description
Assignment Completion21No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to Ethics

Moral Development

Sources of a Moral Act

Ethical Theories

Ethics and Religion

Sources of Theological Ethics

Natural Law

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Research Papern/a100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Cahn, Steven M. (ed.): 0, Exploring Ethics: An Introductory Anthology, Oxford University Press, New York,
  • Graham, Gordon: 2004, Eight Theories of Ethics,, Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, New York,
  • Persson, Ingmar: 2017, Inclusive Ethics,, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
  • Thompson, Mel: 2008, An Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics, Hodder Education Group,
  • Warnock, Mary: 2006, An Intelligent Person's Guide to Ethics, Duckworth, London,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)

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