Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Practical Philosophy A1N
Explanation of codes
The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:
G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.
A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
The Department Board
Fulfilment of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree in the humanities or a corresponding foreign degree
The course is offered to C level students and students at advanced level. For students at advanced level, the examination requirements are higher than for students at C level.
After completing the course the students are expected to:
have an overview of the main debates on harm
be able to describe the most important theories of the nature and ethical significance of harm
be able to describe the most important arguments for these theories
be able to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of these arguments.
What is harm, and what is its ethical significance? This course provides an introduction to the most important views on the nature of harm, and discusses various ethical issues where harm plays a major role. Topics covered include comparative vs. non-comparative accounts of harm, the non-identity problem in population ethics, abortion ethics, harm and well-being, the harm of death, and J. S. Mill's Harm Principle.
Lectures and seminars. The language of instruction is English.
One longer essay and some shorter writing assignments. A student's active participation and good performance during the lectures and seminars may be a positive factor in the overall assessment of the student's work for the course.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.