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 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 000


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, 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.


Critical thinking and argumentation, or how to think and write like a philosopher. Introduction to ethical theories and how to apply them to contemporary problems.

Matters of life and death (abortion, euthanasia, war, capital punishment, famine relief)

Rights and responsibilities (immigration rights, gun rights, free speech rights, education rights, drug laws)

Animals and environment (vegetarianism, climate change)

State and power (taxation, democracy)

Sexual ethics (prostitution, casual sex, ethics of procreation)

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