HFL336 Basic Ethics

Code HFL336
Name Basic Ethics
Status Courses of Free Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Academic
Field of study History and Philosophy
Academic staff Gunārs Ozolzīle, Sandra Stašāne
Credit points 2.0 (3.0 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation The course examines the origin of normative thinking and the major role this phenomenon has played in the development of modern humanity. The course explains the main schools of ethics, the structure of its categories and the philosophical justification. It also discusses the moral regulation mechanism of social relations and defines its practical significance in motivating a person’s action in a specific situation. Students are made familiar with the ethical code of RTU. The course also deals with the morality problems existing in the modern society and with the latest discussions in the fields of ethics and philosophy..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
The aim of the subject is to teach how to constructively analyze the human history of the ethical ideas, to be able to assess their social and normative nature and to competently discuss the cultural and historical aspects of the modern ethics. The course helps to orientate oneself in the democratic values dominating in the modern society, to consciously cultivate them and to implement the relevant positive convictions in one’s everyday life. Students should be able to empirically state that only a responsible conscience is the fundamental moral quality of each member of society.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Ability to define, characterize and use the key notions of ethics in the analysis of social relations - Test, participation in seminar discussions with a justified opinion.
Ability to precisely formulate and defend one’s ethical convictions in a justified manner while discussing different opinions. - Polite and constructive participation in seminar discussions
Ability to fulfill one’s study obligations responsibly and initiatively, paying special attention to independent work. - Well-planned work on the report and its successful presentation
Ability to give specific examples from one’s own personal and social experience demonstrating the understanding of the mechanism and regularities governing the functioning of morality. - Report
Ability to independently analyze a specific moral situation in the social relations and to make an ethically justified choice. - Panel discussion
Ability to assess the moral aspects of professional activities and to precisely know and fulfill one’s study obligations stipulated in the ethical code of RTU. - Responsibility and study success
Course prerequisites General and Cultural History

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