LAWSG141 Law and Ethics
|LAWSG141: LAW AND ETHICS|
|Credit value:||15 credits (7.5 ECTS, 150 learning hours)|
|Teaching Delivery:||10 x 2-hour weekly seminars, Term Two|
|Who may enrol:||Any UCL Master’s student|
|Must not be taken with:||None|
|Qualifying module for:||LLM in Jurisprudence and Legal Theory|
|Practice Assessment:||Opportunity for feedback on one optional practice essay|
|Final Assessment:||One 2-hour unseen written examination (100%)|
As professionals, we will be faced with all sorts of ethical dilemma: will our choices (and actions) reflect our abstract ethical stands, or will they mostly be shaped by contingent circumstances and environmental factors? How will our increased reliance on artificial intelligence affect our responsibility as professionals?
This course aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice when it comes to grasping the ethical challenges that are likely to shape professional practice.
It is structured around two key themes:
Aside from the first two seminars, which introduce foundational concepts that are key to the rest of the course (ethical objectivity, deontology, utilitarianism), the rest of the seminars systematically endeavour to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
This endeavour is launched in the third week, thanks to a unique opportunity to experience an ethical dilemma in “The Cave” in UCL (a highly immersive virtual reality environment). Most students emerge from that experience either surprised or shocked by the frequent discrepancy between their abstract ethical stands and actual behaviour. The rest of the course seeks to unpack the factors that contribute to this discrepancy, as well as the challenges likely to be raised by our growing reliance on automated systems within (and without) the professions.
Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment.