Warning: Ethics Exam Approaching!! (2018)

The questions you will not be asked tomorrow are:

May 2017 First Year Paper:


May 2018 First Year Paper:

ethics Q

This means that all areas of the first year spec have had a question asked on them. So what has been covered is: specific topic (natural law) + open issue, specific topic (Kant) + open issue, specific issue (Business), specific issue (euthanasia), specific topic (SE) + open issue and specific topic (Utilitarianism) + open issue. So all topics have had a specific question on them as applied to moral decision making (an issue). And both business and euthanasia have been asked on there own. Note the massive overkill already with the terms ‘moral decision making’!

So what is missing:

Specific topic on it’s own (e.g Bentham vs Mill )
Specific topic with specific issue (e.g NL+SoL)

So last minute advice:

  1. Check out the BBC news for any recent events in business, euthanasia or sex ethics
  2. Be prepared that at least one of your questions (I think 2 out of the four) will be application
  3. Give specific examples and statistics to avoid vague sweeping statements
  4. If a comparison Q is asked e.g Bentham vs Mill make sure you compare in every paragraph using language like: whereas, both, differing, similarly etc
  5. Whatever is mentioned specifically in Q, that is the start of every paragraph. So if ‘Emotivism is the only way to approach ethical language’ Discuss, every paragraph needs to start with emotivism, even if you bring in EN or I to criticise it, that comes later on in the paragraph.
  6. Meta and Conscience are stand alone topics. This means that you are not expected to link meta or conscience to sex ethics or the AS topics (NL, SE etc) You can make synoptic links i.e. between Fletcher’s conscience and Aquinas because they both link to conscience, as part of your evaluation.

Make sure you read:Panic “My Exam is Tomorrow!” Must Read for Ethics (First and Second Year) .

Finally the more links to specific wording in the question and the more you argue, argue, argue, the better you will do! Get off the fence, raise discussion points, pass judgements and criticisms, defend arguments and evaluate everything. Control your content and need to regurgitate information, it is not how much you write/ remember it is what you do with it!

Good Luck

I will be thinking about you all tomorrow. Show off and shine!!

Meta Ethics: A2 Ethics

Preview of lesson plans

  1. Write each of these words into a sentence: good, bad, right, wrong.
  2. Are these examples of fact or opinion?

Introduce that Meta ethics focuses on the meaning of these words and how ethical language is applied.

Ppt: Slides 1-2 covering absolute and relativism and how this links to Meta Ethics

Using three colours students highlight which arguments belong to EN, Intuitionism and Emotivism – using textbooks, internet (not the ppt) adding in extra detail on the other side.

Ppt: slides 3-7 covering ethical naturalism from Bradley and Foot.

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Cosmological: Arguments based on Observation

Preview of Lesson Plans

Powerpoint: Discussion questions in pairs then as class

PP on Aquinas 1st, 2nd, 3rd Ways

Read Aquinas’ original text in booklet – find three quotes suitable for essays and put what they mean into your own words.

Can you spot any potential strengths or weaknesses?

PP – criticisms

Link Aquinas’s 3 ways specifically to Hume’s criticisms – draw a table on board

Work through work sheets in booklet, filling in blanks and answering questions.

Fill in Glossary


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