Practical Ethics

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Practical Ethics is an online unit provided by Open Universities Australia in association with Macquarie University. Through presenting a variety of philosophical arguments, the unit raises central questions about how we define ethical practice. You will learn different perspectives on the morality of euthanasia, abortion, and terrorism; and examine whether there can ever be such thing as a ‘just’ war.

To begin with, you will explore the notion of personhood and where it really begins, before applying various ethical positions to the topic of abortion. Following this, you will explore other critical issues such as suicide and euthanasia, war and harm, and political violence. Furthermore, you will also examine theories of punishment, and whether or not the death penalty is ever justified.

Ultimately, completing Practical Ethics will provide you with a diversity of theoretical frameworks with which to consider moral conundrums in the real world. This unit will enhance your critical thinking ability, as well as your problem solving skills.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in this unit, applicants must have completed some level 1 studies.

Areas of study

In this Practical Ethics unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction
  • Personhood
  • Abortion and the moral status of the foetus
  • Death and harm
  • Suicide and euthanasia
  • War
  • Patriotism
  • Political violence
  • Nonviolence and pacifism
  • Torture
  • Theories of punishment and capital punishment

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

In the modern business environment, sound ethical practice is becoming increasingly important to success. In fact, many business experts are forecasting that as we move into the future businesses will need to take a stronger ethical and moral stance, and develop stronger protocols around corporate social responsibility. Completing a unit such as Practical Ethics shows you are aware of the myriad positions on key ethical issues affecting Australia today.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Practical Ethics from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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