Checking date: 18/05/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Moral Philosophy
Dual Bachelor in Journalism and Humanities Studies (Plan: 414 - Estudio: 282)

Coordinating teacher: GAITAN TORRES, ANTONIO

Department assigned to the subject: Humanities: Philosophy, Language, Literature Theory Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
None in particular.
The objective of this course is for the student to become familiar with the main ethical theories and be able to apply their fundamental concepts and distinctions in the analysis of moral disputes and controversies. In addition to this objective, mastering the argumentative skills necessary to argue about moral issues is another basic objective.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
The course is made up of six fundamental blocks. Each block spans approximately two weeks: 1. The object of Moral Philosophy 2. Foundational issues - subjectivism, relativism and moral nihilism 3. Utilitarianism 4. Kantian ethics 5. Virtue ethics 6. Applied issues
Learning activities and methodology
The course is structured around a master session (in which the structure of the debate and the fundamental concepts are exposed) and a practical session (in which texts are discussed and the theories and distinctions introduced in the master session are approached in depth). The student is expected to complete the class materials with additional readings, autonomously building each thematic block
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Driver, J. . Ethics. The Fundamentals. Blackwell. 2009
  • Greene, J. Moral Tribes. Penguin. 2015
  • MacNaughton, D.. Moral Vision. Blackwell. 1992
  • Mackie. Ethics. Inventing Right and Wrong. Penguin. 2003
  • Timmons, M.. Moral Theory. Rowman & Littlefield. 2002
  • Williams, B.. Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy. Harvard Univesity Press. 2008
  • Wong, D.. . Natural Moralities. A Defense of Pluralistic Relativism. Oxford University Press. 2008
Additional Bibliography
  • Shafer-Landau, R.. The Fundamentals of Ethics. Oxford University Press. 2018
  • Singer, P. . Companion of Ethics. Blackwell. 1995

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.