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Institute of Ethics

Applied Ethics Module (HSS302)

At DCU we teach an introductory course on Applied Ethics for undergraduate students of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The course has been introduced in 2011 as a core module for third year students of the BA in Contemporary Culture and Society.

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction into the field of applied ethics and to develop elementary skills in applying the main ethical theories (virtue ethics, deontology, utilitarianism) to contemporary issues and practical settings. During the module students will be introduced to and engage in ethical analysis and discussion of a variety of issues in three main areas:

  • technological change
  • business, social entrepreneurship and innovation
  • research in the humanities and social sciences

The first two domains are arguably amongst the most significant factors shaping contemporary culture and society. The third domain is directly relevant to the students' own work: study of this domain aims to enable them to get a good understanding of ethical issues in carrying out field research in the Humanities and Social Sciences.