Ethics (2020)

The study of Ethics provides an excellent grounding in evaluative theory and reasoning for a professional future in the public service, the health sector, social work, with environmental agencies, and in business. You will gain the tools and capabilities you need to become inspirational leaders in your community and in your working life, enabling you to feel confident in your capability to reflect on doing 'the right thing' and following through on that reflection.

Ethics may be taken as a minor.

To complete a minor in Ethics, students must complete 60 points from PHILO106, PHILO215, PHILO217, PHILO218, PHILO225, PHILO309 and PHILO315, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Note: There will be no new enrolments in the Ethics major, Graduate Certificate, or Graduate Diploma in 2018. Students enrolled in 2016 or previously should consult the Faculty of Arts and Social Science Office for programme advice.


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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PHILO106Social and Moral Philosophy20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
    A study of key concepts in areas of applied ethics including abortion, euthanasia, health care, children's rights, pornography, justice, environmental issues, religion and ethics, and other issues.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    MAORI202Ngā Iho Matua: Māori Philosophy20A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the philosophical underpinnings of seminal tikanga Maori concepts, and their influence both historically and in contemporary Maori culture.
    PHILO215Moral and Political Philosophy: A Historical Introduction20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
    A study of the moral and political philosophy of thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Hume and Mill. This paper uses Plato's Republic to introduce students to central issues in Moral and Political Philosophy, including questions about virtue, happiness, justice, liberty, democracy, tyranny, feminism, art, censorship, and moral educat...
    PHILO217Environmental Ethics20S (Online)
    A study of ethical questions about the relation of humans to the rest of the natural world, including the attribution of value and rights to the non-human world and ethical issues in environment and development.
    PHILO218Ethics at Work20G (Online)
    A study of ethics as it relates to business and professional practice in New Zealand including material specifically for interest groups: eg computer science, psychology and social work.
    PHILO225Happiness and Wellbeing20A (Hamilton)
    Drawing on ancient wisdom and modern science, this paper investigates the meaning and value of happiness, and the role it plays in making our lives go well for us.
    POLSC201Modern Political Thinkers20A (Online)
    This course examines the ideas of a number of modern political thinkers such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hegel, and Marx.
    POLSC224Terrorism, Violence and the State20B (Hamilton)
    Terrorism is an increasingly prominent global phenomenon. We will clarify it conceptually and situate it historically with theory and case studies in situating it in comparative political and International Relations analysis.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    PHILO309Experiments in Ethics20A (Hamilton)
    The paper uses thought experiments to introduce students to central issues in contemporary moral philosophy: What makes actions morally wrong? How can we be sure our moral judgments are right?
    PHILO317Environmental Ethics20S (Online)
    Do we have moral obligations toward nature? How should human beings treat the natural world? This paper examines questions such as these in light of our current ethical theories.
    PHILO318Ethics at Work20G (Online)
    This is an applied ethics paper focussing on the professions, research and business. It examines contemporary issues relevant to a wide range of occupations graduates might enter.
    PHILO390Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20D (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
    This paper offers students an opportunity to undertake advanced research on a specific topic of philosophical interest.
    POLSC300Religion and Political Violence20G (Online)
    This paper examines religious attitudes to political authority and political violence. Students study the writings of major thinkers in the Christian tradition including Augustine, Aquinas, Luther and Calvin.
  • 400 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LEGAL436Legal Ethics20A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the concept of a profession and the ethical and professional duties of practitioners and an introduction to ethical analysis, the applicability of legal analysis to legal practice and the wider responsibilities of lawyers in the community.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 12 November 2019 11:25am

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