Contemporary Society and Great Moral Issues

Course summary

  • Thu 27 Apr 2017 to Thu 29 Jun 2017
  • 7:00-9:00pm 10 meetings
  • London Road Campus, University of Reading, RG1 5AQ
  • £170.00
  • 10 CATS points
  • Course code R16P273THW
  • ppweekly@conted.ox.ac.uk
  • +44(0)1865 280892
  • Applications being accepted

Contemporary Society and Great Moral Issues



Overview

This course is an introduction to some of the issues which are of great moral concern today: The Family, Abortion, Euthanasia, Animals, Immigration, Multiculturalism, Freedom of Speech, Capital Punishment, War and World Hunger.

There are a number of issues which are of great moral concern today.

This course is an introduction to some of these issues.

They are the Family, Abortion, Euthanasia, (experiments on) Animals, Immigration, Multiculturalism, Freedom of Speech and Religion, Capital Punishment, War, and World Hunger.

We'll arrive at an understanding of the issue and then we'll consider the case for and against.

The course does not assume any prior specialist knowledge.

Classes consist of lectures and discussion.

Programme details

Week 1: The Family
Week 2: Abortion
Week 3: Euthanasia
Week 4: Animals
Week 5: Immigration
Week 6: Multiculturalism
Week 7: Freedom of Speech and Religion
Week 8: Capital Punishment
Week 9: War
Week 10: World Hunger

Background Reading;
Singer, P., Practical Ethics
Singer, P., Applied Ethics

Recommended reading

All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.

There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information. 

Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.

Recommended Reading List

Certification

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee
for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Libraries

All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.

Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue. For tips on using SOLO, see the Library website.

Fees

Course Fee: £170.00

Funding

If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses

Tutors

Dr Karim Esmail

Tutor

Educated at Oxford, Cambridge, London and Harvard. Gregg Bury Prize, Cambridge. Formerly, Research Fellow,Oxford & Visiting Fellow, Harvard & Burney Student,Cambridge. He has published internationally. He is a Course Director & Tutor, Cambridge Uni.

Course aims

1. To provide an understanding of some of the great moral issues of today.

2. To enable students to begin to engage critically with these issues.

Teaching methods

Classes will take place once a week for ten weeks.

Classes will consist principally of lectures.

Teaching outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

1. Have an understanding of some of the great moral issues of today.

2. Be able to begin to engage critically with these issues.

Assessment methods

Option A: Three very short (c. 500words) pieces of written work.

Option B: One short (c. 1,500 words) essay. (Students will be asked to provide a very short plan for an essay in this case.)

Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form with any piece of work that is part of the assessment criteria. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.

Application

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

Level and demands

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)