Moral philosophy

This course will allow students to experience a course delivered by faculty from one of the highest-ranked philosophy departments in the UK.

Moral philosophy is concerned with the most fundamental practical question: "What should I do?" According to utilitarianism, you should always do what would produce the most happiness or well-being. In this module, you will explore and assess:

  1. Utilitarianism and rival moral theories. You will consider some morally difficult situations (for example, suppose the only way to save twenty lives is by torturing an innocent person). 
  2. Competing theories of well-being, starting with the simple view that well-being is nothing other than pleasure. 
  3. Contemporary moral controversies (involving, for example, abortion, euthanasia, nonhuman animals, and distant people in extreme poverty), and what utilitarianism and rival theories imply about them.

 Students will receive an official certificate from the University of St Andrews to confirm their successful completion of the course.