PHILO560-21B (HAM)

Special Topic: Virtue Ethics

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Philosophy

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Paper Description

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This paper examines key questions in contemporary virtue ethics. The textbook is L. van Zyl, Virtue Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge, 2018). Access to Supplementary readings will be provided through Moodle. 2018in detail the relationship between the cognitive science of religion and philosophy of religion.
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Paper Structure

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The class will meet once a week. You will be expected to read the set readings prior to the meeting each week. Assessment is by two 3000 word essays.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Understand the main theories of virtue
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  • Understand and assess different versions of virtue ethics
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  • Critically discuss the strongest objections to virtue ethics.
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  • Write to a very high standard
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  • Use library resources to find relevant references independently
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Assessment

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You will have the opportunity to develop essay topics in consultation with the lecturer if you wish. Otherwise you will do essays on topics the lecturer chooses.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Essay 1
3 Sep 2021
No set time
50
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Essay 2
22 Oct 2021
No set time
50
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Liezl van Zyl. Virtue ethics: A contemporary introduction. 2018. New York, Routledge.

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Online Support

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All resources are available electronically through the library or Moodle.
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Workload

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There are 24 contact hours in this paper. Preparation for each week's meeting is estimated at another 4 hours, making a further 48 hours over the course of the paper. This leaves 39 hours for each essay. Personal factors will determine the precise time allocation, but please use this as a guide for allocating the expected 150 hours.
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: At least 30 points in Philosophy papers at 200-level or above or approval from the Philosophy Programme's Graduate Advisor.

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Restriction(s)

Restricted Papers: PHIL560

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