General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Applied Ethics
Language English
Module lecturer dr Bartłomiej Chomański
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position PhD
Faculty Faculty of Philosophy
Semester 2023/2024 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 000


Thursdays 9:45-11:15am, Room 213, Department of Philosophy (Szamarzewskiego 89c)

Module aim (aims)

To acquaint students with the basic methodology of applied/practical ethics, as well as with the most important debates carried out within the field. Topics will include: issues in bioethics (abortion, euthanasia, mandatory vaccinations), animal welfare and rights (ethics of vegetarianism, ethics of zoos), social & political questions (ethics of immigration, right to own firearms, right to an education, free speech and censorship, just war, legalization of drugs) etc.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Ability to speak, write, and read English at least at an advanced level.


Welcome to our Applied Ethics course, a concise yet comprehensive journey through the ethical landscapes that shape our world. This course is designed to sharpen your critical thinking and argumentation skills, teaching you to think and write with the clarity of a philosopher. We'll delve into core ethical theories, equipping you with the tools to tackle contemporary issues across a spectrum of topics:

Matters of Life and Death: Navigate the complexities of abortion, euthanasia, war, capital punishment, and famine relief.
Rights and Responsibilities: Explore the ethical dimensions of immigration, gun rights, free speech, education, and drug laws.
Animals and Environment: Consider the moral implications of vegetarianism and our responsibility towards climate change.
State and Power: Examine the ethics of taxation and the foundations of democracy.
Sexual Ethics: Discuss the moral considerations surrounding prostitution, casual sex, and the ethics of procreation.

Through a blend of lectures, case studies, and vibrant discussions, you'll learn to apply ethical theories to these critical areas, developing the ability to analyze, debate, and make informed ethical decisions. This course is not just an academic exploration but a platform for personal growth, preparing you to address the ethical challenges of our times with confidence and insight. Join us on this thought-provoking journey into Applied Ethics.

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