Can a robot be held accountable for its mistakes? What is the value of a human being? Should we legalize prostitution? What are the arguments pro and con euthanasia?

‘Ethics’ are the moral principles that govern the behaviour of a person, a community or a society. Ethics deals with the questions of how we live our lives as ‘good people’ in a ‘good society’ and how we judge the behaviours and lives of others.

Ethical consciousness is the capacity of humans to exercise introspection; to reflect on the whys of their actions, nature and ambitions.

In class we will discuss some of the ongoing ethical dilemmas we face both as individual human beings and as a society; bio ethics, robots, euthanasia, prenatal diagnosis, human marketisation, death, sustainability, war, prostitution and drugs to name a few.