GCVM1015 Ethical Controversies in Hong Kong Today

(Translation) The course started with an overview on basic ethical principles and three major theories. At the beginning, I found these topics quite irrelevant to the course since real example and daily news were not used for in-depth study. In the middle of the semester, the lecturer started to explain various controversial issues with those principles and theories. Most of the examples given were closely related to us. At that moment, I finally realize why he spent so much time on introducing the ethical theories. If not, the discussion will be unilateral and superficial. Since the lecture is divided into small tutorial groups, students could always discuss the public affairs with lecturer with great interaction. And students of different opinions could have keen and direct discussion!
At the later stage, students have to do presentations based on different topics. An incident or issue is selected for each group to do an in-depth study and then a presentation. Students have to apply the theories they have learnt to tell if the stakeholder(s) of the incident/issue acted ethically. It is really a good training of thinking skills. In the past, I was always one-sided with blind-spot in thinking. But now, I learn to strengthen my standpoint with theories and knowledge.
After taking this course, I understand the three major theories well. And I found that ethical theory is not highbrow and disconnected from the world, nor conservative either. It rather helps us behave well and enhance our moral goodness. At the same time, we learn to think before we act, to see if our act is ethical or not. Eventually, we all hope to be a person with great virtue and ethic.

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