GCVM1015 Ethical Controversies in Hong Kong Today

  課程先以倫理基本原則和三大理論作導入,開初我覺得這些有點跟課題不相關,因沒有使用香港現今的新聞例子作倫理探討。到了中期,導師開始以那些原則和理倫去論述不同的爭議事件,當中有大部份是和我們息息相關的,我才明白為何要先以多堂去介紹倫理學說,因為要不然之後的討論便會流於片面。在導修課時由於人數較少,學生能互動地跟導師討論時事,而持不同意見的同學又能互相發表看法,火花四濺。
  到了後期,同學需要就不同議題作匯報,親身嘗試用學習過的理論來論述事件中持份者是否道德,對於訓練思考十分有幫助,因為我可以運用學到的倫理學說來加強我的立場,並且補充我以前的思考盲點。
  修讀此課程後,我最大的得著是學懂了三大倫理學說,而且發現倫理其實不是一些曲高和寡、過份保守的東西,反而有助我們自律、增進美德,並且在做事前以不同理倫考慮行為道德與否,最終希望做到一個有美德、有倫理要求的人。
(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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