Ethics in Practice

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A great introduction to philosophy with passionate lecturers. Getting a H1 is pretty hard. My tutor was quite opinionated and we spent tutorials arguing back and forth about the concepts. It was interesting but also quite emotionally exhausting as they continually pushed back against our points without positive feedback.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

The subject has a board content and there are only less than 20 pages reading each week, And you don't need to finish any reading to understand the lecture. (They are still related and will be very helpful for you to get a better understanding of what is the original philosophy work likes). There is a bonus worldly famous philosopher Peter singer as our guest lecturer in two weeks as well. Most of the content is interesting and there is an opportunity to get in touch with the most famous philosopher in the world in an introductory level course. Also, if you have go through the reading, the assessment is not hard at all. Overall, highly recommended.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

Interesting subject, and a good light look at a range of philosophical concepts. Readings are also pretty light, and marking is generous.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

I found almost all of the content really interesting, even in the readings which there were a lot of, but as long as you don't fall behind it's not too bad. The assignments were good and give you room to talk about what you find interesting whether it was mentioned in a lecture, a reading or from your own research, the tutes had some really useful discussions and debates and the lecturers were great to listen to.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

I did enjoy the content of the subject, however, I found the last part about informed consent a bit boring. I would say this is not really an ideal choice for someone looking for a less heavy duty subject and is not really a good essay writer. There are a lot of readings which are sometimes difficult to understand and requires you to re-read several times to really understand the philosophical argument being talked about. Tutorials were okay for me, my tutor was good but the students weren't that open and friendly and most of the time we were just sitting quietly. The main part I disliked about the subject was that we were not told as to how exactly structure the essay or what were they marking and kind of argument is considered good and strong and which is not. I usually received very vague feedback on my essays and it was never discussed in tute as what needs to be improved in general. I love philosophy but probably will not pick up a philosophy subject again.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

It's an interesting subject and one that is great if you have never done philosophy before, like me. The lecturers are knowledgeable and interesting (albeit, typically biased) and the tutorials were my favourites because they were full of interesting debates. Only downside is that the assignments were a bit tricky for me, because I did not agree with the theories we were supposed to write about and we could not use external resources. However, that is my only gripe.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

A very interesting subject that covers a wide range of topics from ethics to epistemology. I personally enjoyed the subject a lot because of the thought-provoking lectures and the perspectives in each of the topics themselves. Though it is somewhat difficult to get an H1 in this subject, one can still do quite well without putting in too much effort.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

I did this as a breadth for my bachelor of science in a sem where my effort was pretty intermittent. I could have engaged more than I did (missed lectures here and there, didn't really do the readings), but despite being a bit of an outsider to philosophy, I found the tutes very engaging and a lot of the ideas presented very interesting. Give it a go!

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

There's definitely quite a few readings, but if you enjoy philosophy, then this shouldn't be a major concern. The topics taught are all quite interesting and span a pretty diverse range of the field. If you're looking for a thought-provoking subject, then this is the one. The only downside I would say is that it is pretty difficult to get a score above 80, and potentially impossible above 90 - I was very interested in philosophy during high school and am fairly decent at writing (47 in VCE English if this means anything here), yet I only obtained a 79 in the subject. When given feedback on our essays, the tutor would say that 70 was the average, with anything above 75 being very good, and 80 being excellent.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

Lots of readings. Lecturers are mostly nice but I didn't enjoy the parts of the philosophy of science. My tutor wasnt very helpful. He often got side-tracked during discussions and doesn't give helpful feedback on essays.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016