Course: Ethics

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Course title Ethics
Course code UAI/670
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In each academic year, in the winter semester.
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Staněk Jan, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Content: 1) Introduction: The place of ethics within philosophy. Moral philosophy and practical philosophy. Philosophical ethics and applied ethics. Ethics and morality. 2) Some fundamental moral concepts: historical examples of their philosophical justification. Philosophical significance of the history of ethics. 3) Selected problems of philosophical ethics I: Virtue and the good. 4) Selected problems of philosophical ethics II: Death and suicide. 5) Selected problems of philosophical ethics III: Love and friendship. 6) Selected problems of philosophical ethics IV: Obligation and pleasure. 7) Selected problems of philosophical ethics V: Man and animals. The question of (in)equality. 8) The principle of equality and secular ethics I: Philosophical foundation. 9) The principle of equality and secular ethics II: Consequentialism. 10) Forms of discrimination I: Antisemitism, racism, sexism, religious discrimination. 11) Forms of discrimination II: Classism, ableism, ageism, speciesism. 12) Modern technologies and ethical dilemmas: Bioethics and medical ethics (abortions, genetic manipulation, euthanasia, recent eugenics).

Learning activities and teaching methods
Activating (simulations, games, drama)
Learning outcomes
To introduce students to law, monitoring, and influence of biotechnologies on the quality of life.
At the end of the course, the student will have a detailed knowledge of the anthropological and philosophical implications of some developments in contemporary applied ethics.
No prerequisites required.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment

Each student will write an essay on some chosen topic.
Recommended literature
  • BEAUCHAMP, T. L.-CHILDRESS, J. F. Principles of biomedical ethics. Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • BYNUM, T. W. (ed.): Computer Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Malden: Blackwell, 2004.
  • GOODMAN, K. W. (ed.) Ethics, computing and medicine: informatics and the transformation of health care. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Pr., 1998.
  • GOODMAN, K. W.-MILLER, R. A. Ethics and Health Informatics: Users, Standards, and Outcomes. 2006.
  • NG, E. S. T. Ethical dilemmas of healthcare delivery in the information technology age. Singapore Medical Journal 2003 Vol. 44(3), 145-148.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Bioinformatics (1) Category: Informatics courses 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter