Syllabus for Harm

Skada

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5FP066
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • 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:

    First cycle
    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.

    Second cycle
    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.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2019-11-04
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-03-08
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 28, 2021
  • Entry requirements: Fulfilment of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree in the humanities or a corresponding foreign degree
  • Responsible department: Department of Philosophy

Decisions and guidelines

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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Content

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.

Instruction

Lectures and seminars. The language of instruction is English.

Assessment

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.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 28, 2021

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Reading List

Information on literature which the students need to acquire themselves will be announced here or in Studium at the latest five weeks before the course starts.