Course: Applied ethics

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Course title Applied ethics
Course code KFI/AE
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 2
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Šimek Vojtěch, PhDr. Th.D.
Course content
1) Introduction, basic assumptions of (applied) ethics 2) General and applied ethics 3) Applied ethics and its subdisciplines 4) Bioethics 5) Environmental ethics I. 6) Environmental ethics II. 7) Ethics of technology I. 8) Ethics of technology II. 9) Ethics of Science and Research I. 10) Ethics of Science and Research II. 11) Medical Ethics I. 12) Medical Ethics II. 13) Medical Ethics III. 14) Summary, final test

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
To become acquainted with applied ethics as a new manifestation of practical philosophy (from the second half of the 20th century) and with its selected subdisciplines. Attention is paid mainly to the analysis and normative evaluation of key moral problems that these subdisciplines solve. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the principles and assumptions of general ethics in solving these moral problems. The main ethical perspective is the perspective of moral responsibility.
The ability to recognize, analyze, and to evaluate in a normative manner the key moral problems in the selected areas of applied ethics.
A basic orientation in general ethics.

Assessment methods and criteria
Interview, Test

Test and oral exam. The student must demonstrate at least a basic knowledge of the subject.
Recommended literature
  • Úmluva o lidských právech a biomedicíně (96/2001). 2001.
  • Bergoglio, J. M. Laudato si´(pouze vybrané pasáže). Praha, 2015.
  • Černý, J. Princip dvojího účinku: Zabíjení v mezích morálky (pouze vybrané pasáže). Praha, 2016.
  • Frey, R. G., Wellman, Ch. H. (eds.). A Companion to Applied Ethics. Blackwell, 2008.
  • George, R. P., Tollefsen, Ch. Embryo: Obrana lidského života (pouze vybrané pasáže). Unhošť, 2011.
  • Jonas, H. Princip odpovědnosti: Pokus o etiku pro technologickou civilizaci (pouze vybrané pasáže). Praha, 1997.
  • Ondok, J. P. Bioetika, biotechnologie a biomedicína (pouze vybrané pasáže). 2005.
  • Ondok, J. P. Člověk a příroda: Hledání etického vztahu (pouze vybrané pasáže). 1998.
  • Rotter, H. Důstojnost lidského života: Základy lékařské etiky (pouze vybrané pasáže). Praha, 1999.
  • Stoecker, R. Neuhäuser, Ch., Raters, M.-L. (Hrsg.). Handbuch Angewandte Ethik. 2011.
  • Šimek, V. Morální odpovědnost a její filosofické a spekulativněteologické pozadí v díle Hanse Jonase (pouze vybrané pasáže). 2018.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Theology (2012) Category: Philosophy, theology - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Philosophy and Religious Studies (2016) Category: Philosophy, theology 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer