Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2023Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Global Studies
Lecture Code ARS40301 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Ethics, Killing and Violence II (戦争と平和の応用倫理学 II)
Subject Name
センソウトヘイワノオウヨウリンリガク II
Subject Name in
Ethics, Killing and Violence II
サワイ ツトム,カワイ ノブハル
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  4Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (4T) Thur3-4:IAS K209
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture, Discussion
* I will be teaching face-to-face, but depending on the Covid situation, I may switch to online. Zoom will be used to teach online. 
Credits 1.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 02 : Ethics
Eligible Students
Keywords ethics, applied ethics, bioethics, ethics of war, animal ethics 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Integrated Global Studies
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The knowledge and understanding of the important characteristics and basic theoretical framework of individual academic disciplines.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability to summarize one's own research in reports or academic papers, deliver presentations at seminars or research meetings, and explain it in an easy way so that people in different cultures and areas of specialization understand.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・The ability to think in an interdisciplinary way to discover issues based on ethical research practices and subjective intellectual interests, and propose a plan to solve them. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
The class has two goals: (1) to develop and sharpen students' ability to analyze and assess arguments; and (2) to equip you with knowledge of some of the central theories and concepts in ethics. By addressing difficult and abstract moral issues, students will be able to address more familiar and practical topics surrounding the ethics of killing and harming others. This class also covers these topics, which include: assisted dying, mental illness, resource allocation, dementia care, stem cell research, and neuroscience. 
Class Schedule lesson1 Euthanasia and treatment withdrawal
lesson2 Abortion I
lesson3 Abortion II
lesson4 Gene editing in reproduction
lesson5 Organ transplantation
lesson6 Research ethics: Humans
lesson7 Research ethics: Animals
lesson8 Wrap up
Reference books
• Practical Ethics, 3rd ed, Peter Singer. Cambridge University Press, 2011. *Japanese Translation for 2nd edition available from Showado
• Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life, Jeff McMahan. Oxford University Press, 2003.
• Medical Ethics and Law: A Curriculum for the 21 Century, by Dominic Wilkinson, Jonathan Herring, Julian Savulescu. Elsevier, 2019.
• Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction, by Michael Dunn and Tony Hope. Oxford University Press, 2018. *Japanese Translation available from Iwanami-shoten.

* The purchase of reference books is not compulsory. Students interested in this field are advised to start with the Japanese books listed in the reference books. If necessary, other reference books will be introduced during classes. 
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Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
The class materials will be made available before each class, and students are encouraged to prepare and review them. In particular, reading the material before the interactive classes will enhance the quality of the group discussions. 
Requirements It is highly recommended that you take BOTH 'I' and 'Ⅱ': taking only Ⅱ without finishing 'I' is not permitted. 
Grading Method Report: 100%.
The report assesses students' ability to think ethically about various moral issues.
The details will be explained during the lecture, but students will be required to write a report (1500 words) on any topic based on Ethics, Killing and Violence II. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message It may be challenging to understand everything during the class. If there is anything you do not understand in the class, please ask questions on the attendance card, which you will be asked to submit after the class, or ask questions directly. 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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