Family Ethics

  • Teaching

    Details

    Faculty Faculty of Humanities
    Domain Interdisciplinary
    Code UE-L26.00047
    Languages English
    Type of lesson Lecture
    Level Master
    Semester SA-2021

    Schedules and rooms

    Summary schedule Tuesday 15:15 - 17:00, Hebdomadaire, RM 02, Room S-01.109

    Teaching

    Teachers
    Description

    The family raises a host of ethical questions. Historically, these questions were seen as philosophically less important than those arising in the area conceived as the public realm. But recently, renewed attention has been given to this crucial aspect of our lifes. In this course, we aim to discuss practically relevant topics regarding the family in a philosophically well-grounded way.

    No previous knowledge is required. The course can even serve as a way of familiarizing oneself with contemporary philosophical ethics. But the willingness to participate actively – in the form of critically reading a text each week and contributing oral and written viewpoints – is essential.

    In the first part of the course, we will go through foundational issues:

    • What is the value of the family? What justifies organizing societies in these units and giving legal protection to them?
    • What advantages might there be to the “traditional” family model? Which alternatives score better, particularly in light of feminist, queer, and liberal criticisms?
    • What is special – from a philosophical point of view – about biological relationships?

    In the second part of the course, we will discuss rights and duties within the family:

    • Parents often show much love for their children – but how much sacrifice does justice really demand of them?
    • Does a commitment to human equality put limits to how partial parents may be towards their own offspring?
    • How strong are the duties of children towards their parents, in particular in old age?
    • How strong are familial duties among siblings and among the extended family?

    In the third part of the course, we will discuss the relationship between the family and the wider community:

    • Are there moral duties to limit procreation for environmental reasons?
    • How must the financial burden of child-rearing be shared between parents and the rest of society?
    • Should there be extra voting power for families which allows, for example, parents to cast additional votes in the name of their children?
    • To what extent can the state legitimately override parental decisions for the purpose of protecting children’s rights?

    Training objectives
    • Knowledge about the central questions and positions in the field of family ethics
    • Knowledge about the main strands of contemporary ethical thinking
    • Improvements in critical thinking and open-minded, argument-based debating
    • Ability to spot ethical issues and tools for giving systematic answers to new questions

    Comments

    Please contact Dominic Roser (dominic.roser@unifr.ch / 076 546 80 85) as soon as possible in case you want to follow the course but 

    --- you cannot attend the first session on 21 September or

    --- you do not have a COVID certificate.

    Softskills
    Yes
    Off field
    Yes
    BeNeFri
    Yes
    Mobility
    No
    UniPop
    Yes
    Auditor
    Yes
  • Dates and rooms
    Date Hour Type of lesson Place
    21.09.2021 15:15 - 17:00 Cours RM 02, Room S-01.109
    28.09.2021 15:15 - 17:00 Cours RM 02, Room S-01.109
    05.10.2021 15:15 - 17:00 Cours RM 02, Room S-01.109
    12.10.2021 15:15 - 17:00 Cours RM 02, Room S-01.109
    19.10.2021 15:15 - 17:00 Cours RM 02, Room S-01.109
    26.10.2021 15:15 - 17:00 Cours RM 02, Room S-01.109
    02.11.2021 15:15 - 17:00 Cours RM 02, Room S-01.109
    09.11.2021 15:15 - 17:00 Cours RM 02, Room S-01.109
    16.11.2021 15:15 - 17:00 Cours RM 02, Room S-01.109
    23.11.2021 15:15 - 17:00 Cours RM 02, Room S-01.109
    30.11.2021 15:15 - 17:00 Cours RM 02, Room S-01.109
    07.12.2021 15:15 - 17:00 Cours RM 02, Room S-01.109
    14.12.2021 15:15 - 17:00 Cours RM 02, Room S-01.109
    21.12.2021 15:15 - 17:00 Cours RM 02, Room S-01.109
  • Assessments methods

    Evaluation continue - SA-2021, Session d'hiver 2022

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    Evaluation continue - SP-2022, Session d'été 2022

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    Evaluation continue - SP-2022, Autumn Session 2022

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    Evaluation continue - SA-2022, Session d'hiver 2023

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  • Assignment
    Valid for the following curricula:
    Culture, Politics and Religion in Pluralist Societies 90 [MA]
    Version: SA18_MA_PA_bi_v01
    Option > Option (Dés)ordres politiques et normatifs > ANTHRO 3 Interdisciplinaire

    Educational Sciences 30 [MA]
    Version: SA15_MA_PS_fr_v01
    Economie, politique et systèmes de l'éducation / MEPSE-F
    Approches interculturelles de l'éducation / MAIE-F
    Technologie de l'éducation / MTE-F
    Expertise et accompagnement pédagogiques / MEAP-F

    Educational Sciences 90 [MA]
    Version: SA14_PA_VP_bil_v02
    Modules Fr et De > Modules Fr > Approches interculturelles de l'éducation / MAIE-F
    Modules Fr et De > Modules Fr > Expertise et accompagnement pédagogiques / MEAP-F
    Modules Fr et De > Modules Fr > Technologie de l'éducation / MTE-F
    Modules Fr et De > Modules Fr > Economie, politique et systèmes de l'éducation / MEPSE-F

    Educational Sciences 90 [MA]
    Version: SA15_MA_PA_fr_v01
    Modules à choix > Approches interculturelles de l'éducation / MAIE-F
    Modules à choix > Economie, politique et systèmes de l'éducation / MEPSE-F
    Modules à choix > Technologie de l'éducation / MTE-F
    Modules à choix > Expertise et accompagnement pédagogiques / MEAP-F

    Family, Children and Youth Studies 90 [MA]
    Version: SA15_MA_PA_bil_V01
    Module à choix > Famille
    Sciences sociales et humaines

    French 120
    Version: SA16_BA_fr_V04
    Module 8 - CTC

    Italian 120
    Version: SA15_BA_ital_V02
    Soft Skills

    Italian 120
    Version: SA15_BA_ita_V01
    Soft Skills