How did you spend your lockdown? Bit of fun put together by my Department 🙂
I just wanted to say that if there is anything I can do to support you during this time please send me an email. I am planning on doing some live feeds through YouTube but if you can think of any other ways I can help please let me know.
The questions you will not be asked tomorrow are:
May 2017 First Year Paper:
May 2018 First Year Paper:
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:
- Check out the BBC news for any recent events in business, euthanasia or sex ethics
- Be prepared that at least one of your questions (I think 2 out of the four) will be application
- Give specific examples and statistics to avoid vague sweeping statements
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
I will be thinking about you all tomorrow. Show off and shine!!
Preview of lesson plans
- Write each of these words into a sentence: good, bad, right, wrong.
- 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.
Featuring all your favourites including Descartes, Sartre and Plato, with inspirational speakers Malala and Katie Piper and what tree would be complete without Bertrand Russell, Anthony Flew and Dawkins. And of course Obama as my angel (Trump just doesn’t fill those shoes!!)
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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