Great Moral Issues in Contemporary Society

Overview

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.

In each case, we shall arrive at an understanding of the issue and then we shall consider the case for and against and there will be scope for discussion and conclusions.

Programme details

Courses starts: 03 Oct 2019

Here is how we shall roughly proceed:

Week 1:   Introduction

                The Family

Week 2:   Abortion

Week 3:   Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide

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

Certification

Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from between January 1st and July 31st after the current academic year has been completed. 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.

Fees

Description Costs
Course Fee £215.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00

Tutor

Dr Karim Esmail

Formerly,   Research Fellow, Oxford   &   Burney Student, Cambridge  &  Visiting Fellow, Harvard. 

Alongside international articles, he is the author of two clear and original philosophical works on God. 

He is a Course Director & Tutor, Cambridge University. 

Course aims

Course aims and objectives:

1. To provide an understanding of some of the great moral issues in contemporary society:  the Family, Abortion, Euthanasia, (experiments on) Animals, Immigration, Multiculturalism, Freedom of Speech and Religion,  Capital Punishment, War and World Hunger.

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

Teaching methods

Lectures (principally) and discussion.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should have:

1. An understanding of some of the great moral issues in contemporary society:  the Family, Abortion, Euthanasia, (experiments on) Animals, Immigration, Multiculturalism,  Freedom of    Speech and Religion,  Capital Punishment,  War,  and World Hunger.

2. An ability to begin to engage critically with these issues.

Assessment methods

Option A:   3 very short (c. 500 words) pieces of written work.

Option B:   1 short essay (c. 1, 500 words). 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 at the end of term when submitting your final piece of work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.

Application

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

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)