ABOUT THIS COURSE
Philosophy and Ethics (RS) deals with the big issues in life. What happens when we die? Does God exist? Is it ever right to kill? What role does morality have in modern society? Studying and discussing these issues will enable you to improve your thinking skills and ability to develop an argument. You will learn to consider issues and understand how key ideas have developed through the work of philosophers past and present to recognise their influence on society today in areas such as human rights, law, politics, and international relations. You can complement your studies by taking part in debates, our annual lecture series with Dr Peter Vardy, a wide range of speakers, trips and clubs that the department offers.
COURSE AREA LEAD
WHO IS THIS AIMED AT?
This course is aimed at students who:
Enjoy discussing contemporary moral and political issues
Have an interest in social issues and social problems
Enjoy studying issues relevant to their own lives and experiences
Llike airing their views, but are also willing to listen to others
Would like to know more about this country, it's religions and other societies
Would like to know how our beliefs are affected by people around us
Would like to progress to Higher Education to study a degree in Philosophy, Ethics, Law or Politics
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
This course is assessed by exams. You will explore arguments for the existence of God and psychological challenges from Freud and Jung. You will look at issues surrounding life after death, evil and suffering, and religious and ethical language. Our students also cover topics including but not limited to: gender, sexuality, pluralism, religion and science, war and medical ethics in depth, and look closely at ethical theories around animal rights, meta ethics, free will and responsibility, including the work of theorists such as Bentham and Kant.
WHAT SKILLS WILL YOU DEVELOP?
Written and Verbal Literacy
Law, particularly Human Rights