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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
PHILOSOPHICAL SCIENCES
Course unit
MORAL PHILOSOPHY
SUP5074257, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PHILOSOPHICAL SCIENCES
LE0614, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MORAL PHILOSOPHY
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge ROMANA BASSI M-FIL/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-FIL/03 Moral Philosophy 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 25/09/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 commissioni a.a. 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 BASSI ROMANA (Presidente)
SALIS RITA MARIA GAVINA (Membro Effettivo)
BIASUTTI FRANCO (Supplente)
CUTTINI ELISA (Supplente)
2 MORAL PHILOSOPHY 2017 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 BASSI ROMANA (Presidente)
SALIS RITA MARIA GAVINA (Membro Effettivo)
BIASUTTI FRANCO (Supplente)
CUTTINI ELISA (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: - good command of the English language (both passive and active knowledge);
- ability to analyse and discuss philosophical texts in the student's native language;
- a preliminary basic knowledge of moral theories is highly recommended.
Target skills and knowledge: - knowledge of care ethics, its main traits, its implications and problems, its challenges and aspects open to discussion in the contemporary debate;
- ability to "close read" contemporary philosophical texts;
- ability to present philosophical problems in English with clarity and linguistic precision;
- ability to develop conceptual analysis of premises and arguments in argumentative texts;
- ability to synthetise and to identify thesis in philosophical texts;
- ability to discuss philosophical thesis, to provide sound arguments, objections and critical evaluation;
- ability to bring into the discussion of a philosophical text references and links to the present and past philosophical tradition, as well as to problems and real life cases.
Examination methods: For attending students, the evaluation takes into account:
- attendance (with required readings to be done prior to the lessons),
- active participation to the general discussions in the classroom (ability to listen to others' positions and to interact appropriately and respectfully),
- one oral presentation during the course (eventually as result of a group-work),
- one written paper (based on the presentation and the feedback elicited, no longer than 7 pages, Times New Roman pt.12 to be turned in by mid January 2019) is going to be discussed as part of the final oral exam. (Further guidelines about philosophical/argumentative writing will be provided during the course.)
- the final oral exam.

For non-attending students the exam is oral and focuses on the readings, including also the required reading for non attending students.
Assessment criteria: Both for attending and non-attending students, both for oral presentations/exam and for the written paper the evaluation criteria are based on the assessment of:
- knowledge of care ethics, its main traits, its implications and problems, its challenges and aspects open to discussion in the contemporary debate
- hermeneutical ability and use of appropriate terminology,
- ability of analysis (ability to identify arguments, thesis, implicit and explicit premises in a philosophical text. During the oral exam this ability will be assessed by asking the student to read and comment upon a philosophical passage of one of the required readings),
- ability of synthesis (ability to reconstruct the argumentative structure of a text, to contextualize philosophical positions within their cultural background. During the oral exam, this ability will be assessed by asking the student to present the argument supporting a specific thesis and to link arguments and thesis to wider cultural debates.)
- ability to critically discuss philosophical arguments (ability to assess the validity of an argument, to provide objections and counter-arguments, critical evaluation).
Course unit contents: The course focuses on the ethics of care: Michael Slote's "The Ethics of Care and Empathy" (2007) will be the main reading of the course and it will provide a guideline for us to discuss a set of issues addressed in the contemporary moral debate. Among these: the role of empathy, passions and the pivotal function of relationships in ethics, the reconsideration of autonomy and deontology in connection with care ethics, the answer provided to liberalism and social justice, as well as the function played by rationality in the ethics based on the notion of care. Further readings will enable us to investigate the common traits linking care ethics to virtue ethics, as well as the natural seat of care ethics within feminist philosophy. Within this framework, the moral relevance of the notion of “trust” emerges in ways that deontology and utilitarianism would be unable to explain and justify.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Close reading of the text, conceptual analysis, frontal lessons, in-depth guided discussions, group work, presentations.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Attending students are required to read the prescribed reading material prior to the lesson, following the schedule shared at the beginning of the course.

Students with little to no prior philosophical background are advised to contact the professor during her office hours at the very beginning of the course for further reading guidance.

In addition to the reading materials for the course, students unable to attend will be required to also read:
- Annette Baier, Reflections on how we live, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Slote, Michael, <<The>> ethics of care and empathy. London: New York, Routledge, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Fay Niker and Laura Specker Sullivan, Trusting Relationship and the Ethics of Interpersonal Action, in "International Journal of Philosophical Studies", 26(2018), 2. --: --, --. https://doi.org/10.1080/09672559.2018.1450081 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Joan Tronto, An Ethic of care, in Ann E. Cudd and Robin O. Andreasen, Feminist Theory: a philosophical anthology. Oxford-Malden: Blackwell, 2005. pp. 251-263 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Karen Stohr, Feminist Virtue ethics, in The Routledge Companion to Virtue Ethics, edited by L. Besser-Jones and M. Slote. New York: Routledge, 2015. pp. 271-282 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Nel Noddings, Care Ethics and Virtue Ethics, in The Routledge Companion to Virtue Ethics, edited by L. Besser-Jones and M. Slote. New York: Routledge, 2015. 401-414 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Concept maps
  • Peer feedback

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