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Welcome to Global Ethics: an Introduction.

The course team

This course has been developed by four philosophers from The Open University: Sean Cordell (author of Week 1), Jon Pike (author of Week 2), Mark Pinder (author of Week 3) and Manuel Dries (author of Week 4). You will get to know each of them as the course progresses, as well as the facilitators who will respond to your comments and questions.

What you will learn

In the first week, you are introduced to the ideas of what global ethics is broadly about, and why it matters. In the second week, you look at the challenges of global inequality and are introduced to some moral theories. Then in the third week you explore migration and how global ethics impacts on it. In the final week you examine some major ethical questions relating to climate change.

How you will learn

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Skills and principles

This course is about more than information. You will learn principles and skills that you can apply in your own environment. You will be able to apply basic philosophical arguments and identify and use key ethical concepts and methods of philosophy.

Discussion and comments

We want you to actively engage with the material and discuss how it relates to your experience. The discussion steps are designed to develop your critical thinking on the course concepts. You might like to read six tips and tools for social learning on FutureLearn to help you get the most out of the platform’s social features.

When participating in discussions on this course, please remember that the FutureLearn Code of Conduct asks you to behave with honesty, respect and kindness to fellow learners and educators. If you see a comment that you think might break the Code of Conduct, you can press the flag button beneath it to report it to the moderators.

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A Certificate of Achievement: At the end of the course there will be an opportunity to take a test and receive a Certificate of Achievement. This may be useful to help you demonstrate your commitment to ongoing learning and personal development to employers.

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Global Ethics: An Introduction

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