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JSB175 Lecture One Notes ‘Introduction to Ethics’ Assessment  First piece of assessment is the tutorial presentation. In Week 3, each student will be allocated a topic to lead a class discussion on in the following weeks.  PowerPoint slides must be included with a few slides relating to the discussion. Questions and discussion must be well thought out beforehand.  Those performing in earlier weeks will be graded more leniently than those with more time to prepare and vice versa.  Can be performed in groups of two to three or solo. Larger groups will be required to speak for longer.  Discussion must keep the class engaged and get people talking about the issues.  Persuasive theory essay due in Week 12. Choose an essay topic from Blackboard, then pick one of the four ethical theories studied and analyse the topic accordingly.  Final exam multiple choice. Exam considered difficult. Parts of lectures relevant to exam will be pointed out each week. What is Ethics?  Ethics is the study of moral judgement – of what is right and wrong.  There is the practical sense of what is right (example – if you want to have children an abortion is not right) and the moral sense of what is right in which a judgement is made (example – abortion is never right).  Four areas of ethics will be examined over the unit – deontology, virtue ethics, consequentialism and egoism. What is Social Ethics?  Moral judgements made about a society.  Judgements about the justice system and how it should operate and be structured. Whose Morality, Whose Truth?  Who sets the moral agenda?  The media has a strong influence on our perception of situations.  So what is truth – is it relative or are we all determinants of our own reality? Can two opposing truths both be genuine?  How do we determine what is truth?  Alexandr Solzhenitsyn – ‘one word of truth outweighs the whole world’. Three Different Views of Truth – Balls and Strikes There were once three baseball umpires with differing views on balls and strikes, which correspond to the three differing views we can take
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