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2020/2021

Moral Philosophy at the Cinema: Ethical Theories and Case Studies

Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Mago-Lego
When: 3 module
Instructors: Sergei Levin
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The selected moves serves as a basis for discussion and understanding of the theories. “What makes an act right or wrong? What makes an individual morally good or bad? How can we come to correct conclusions about what we morally ought to do and what sorts of persons we ought to be? Moral theory attempts to provide systematic answers to these very general moral questions about what to do and how to be. Because moral theorists have given different answers to these questions, we find a variety of competing moral theories.” Timmons, M. (2013).
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Introduces students to the main ethical theories
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Identify common ethical challenges that arise in everyday life and public sphere
  • Discuss core ethical problems, such as whether religion is a source of values, what does it mean
  • Distinguish the basic ethical theories and approaches, including: deontology, utilitarianism and virtue theory
  • Apply basic ethical concepts and approaches to solving practical problems in ethics
  • Engage contemporary conversations about philosophical problems
  • Provide clear and concise explanations and arguments about basic ethical problems
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Divine Command Theory
    Featured Film: Frailty (2001)
  • Moral Relativism
    Featured Film: Hotel Rwanda (2004)
  • Ethical Objectivism
    Featured Film: The Cider House Rules (1999)
  • Biology, Psychology, and Ethical Theory
    Featured Film: Cast Away (2000)
  • Utilitarianism
    Featured Film: Extreme Measures (1996)
  • Kant and Respect for Persons Ethics
    Featured Film: Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
  • Social Contract Theory: Hobbes, Locke, and Rawls
    Featured Film: V for Vendetta (2006)
  • Aristotle and Virtue Ethics
    Featured Film: Groundhog Day (1993)
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Final exam
  • non-blocking Mid-term test
  • non-blocking In class participation
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.5 * Final exam + 0.25 * In class participation + 0.25 * Mid-term test
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Kowalski, D. (2012). Moral Theory at the Movies : An Introduction to Ethics. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=463728

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Teays, W. (2012). Seeing the Light : Exploring Ethics Through Movies. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=510067
  • Timmons, M. (2012). Moral Theory : An Introduction (Vol. 2nd ed). Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=507661