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Ethics (ET)

Sequence of completion:
The first compulsory course (ET1) must be completed prior to the other courses. Students can complete the others in the order they please.


ET1 A good life
Students get conceptual tools for reflecting on ethical questions. They learn to justify their own philosophical solutions and become aware of their opportunities to make moral choices. They understand their individual responsibility for their own solutions and are capable of comparing Western and other cultures' views on a good life. Evaluated with a number grade.

ET2 The world view
The objective of the course is to make students understand the significance of truth for one's personal life and world view, as well as the status of knowledge in a person's world view. Students learn to doubt ready-served truths and question knowledge by comparing the conceptions of a good life in the rational Western tradition with the conceptions in non-western cultures. Furthermore, students learn to reflect on the role of arts as a means to explain reality. Evaluated with a number grade.

ET3 Individual and community
The objective of the course is to arouse students' interest in discussing social problems and to make them find their own means to influence the society. Students learn to understand the significance of justice in Finland as well as in the entire world. They also learn to see the bearing of present-day decision-making on the future and realise that there are alternatives to the social developments. Evaluated with a number grade.


ET4 Cultural Heritage and Identity

In this course we approach cultural heritage as a basis and a measure for a good life. Students also familiarise themselves with various cultural heritages and lifestyles based on them. Ethnic and cultural diversity is observed in modern Finnish society as well as in the whole world. Culture is considered as a continuously developing and changing phenomena due to communication between cultures and civilisations. Historic roots are also discussed. During the course students also familiarise themselves with life in a multicultural society and with challenges that multicultural societies might face. Students also learn how to evaluate people's conceptions and actions in relation to their own values and systems of belief, tolerance towards different ethic solutions and identity related choices. Numerical grading.

ET5 Traditions of Explaining the World

During the course students discuss different ways of explaining the world in mythic, religious and ethic traditions. Students learn about the nature, birth, history and study of different traditions as well as about criticism of religions. Students also learn about secular humanism and the history and the modern orientations of agnostics and discuss humanism and Christianity as the basis of occidental ethics. Students practise how to evaluate principles, differences and even similarities in systems of faith. After the course students understand how different systems of faith and ethic solutions affect culture and modern societies. Numerical grading.