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2013 HPA248 Morality and the Mind

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Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HPA348

Not Offered


Humans hold moral beliefs that often motivate action. For example, many assert that cheating is wrong, and furthermore, they feel justified taking action to punish others who they detect cheating. Current research within the emerging interdisciplinary field of moral psychology suggests an evolutionary explanation for such moral beliefs and actions. This research challenges traditional philosophical assumptions about morality. For instance, the force of morality is often assumed to depend on the objectivity of moral truths. But if there is a good evolutionary explanation for moral belief does that undermine the objectivity of moral truths, and hence the force of morality itself? This unit will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of moral psychology, incorporating research from psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience and philosophy and examine the implications for morality. This unit will engage any student at the university fascinated by morality and the mind.

WEIGHT: 12.5%


HPA248 - 2500 words assessment involving a shorter written task earlier, and a longer essay later, in semester (60%), 2-hour examination (40%)
HPA348 - 3000 words assessment involving a shorter written task earlier, and a longer essay later, in semester (60%), 2-hour examination (40%)

TEACHING PATTERN: Int: 2 hrs lectures weekly, 1 hr tutorial fortnightly Ext: 2 hrs lectures weekly (via Lectopia), online tutorial (via MyLO)

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web dependent - N,H,L,W,I
Some parts of this unit will be taught online
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Prereq 25% level 100 from any Faculty

STAFF: Dr G. Wood

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