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Ethics

Code 13105
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Philosophy
Entry requirements -
Mode of delivery Face to face
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes This curricular unit is an introduction to ethics and aims to encourage reflection on the role of cinema in shaping the ethical and moral development/ education of individuals and society.
At the end of the unit students should be able to (i) circumscribe the scope of ethics; (ii) discuss the relationship between ethics, politics and law; (iii) identify different types of ethics and describe their characteristics; (iv) evaluate the filmic approach on ethical questions in the light of the ethical typology; (v) positioning itself on the role of cinema in the ethical-moral formation of individuals.
Syllabus I. Introduction 1. Distinction and relation between ethics and morals 2. Characteristics of ethical discourse 3. Ethics, politics and law II. Typology of Ethics 1. Ethics of virtues 2. Deontological ethics 3. Utilitarianism III Ethics and Cinema 1. The problem of ethics in art in general and in cinema in particular 2. Ethics in documentaries: movies analysis 3. Ethics in fiction: movies analysis
Main Bibliography ARISTÓTELES, Ética a Nicómaco, Lisboa, Quetzal Editores, 2004.
CAMPS, Victoria (org.), História de la ética, vols. 1 e 2, Madrid, Crítica, 1999; História de la ética, vol. 3, Madrid, Crítica, 2000.
FREIRE, Marcius, “Relação, encontro e reciprocidade: algumas reflexões sobre a ética no cinema documentário contemporâneo” in Revista Galáxia nº14, 2007, pp. 13-28.
JONES, Ward & VICE, Samantha (eds.), Ethics at the cinema, New York, Oxford University Press, 2011.
KANT, Immanuel, Fundamentação da metafísica dos costumes, Lisboa, Edições 70, 1997.
MILL, John Stuart, Utilitarismo, Lisboa, Gradiva, 2005.
SANTOS, Ana Morais, “No princípio era o êthos. Elementos para uma transversalidade da ética no cinema” in AVANCA |Cinema 2014, Avanca, Edições Clube de Avanca, 2014.
SANTOS, José Manuel, Introdução à Ética, Lisboa, Documenta, 2012.
SINGER, Peter (ed.), A companion to ethics, Oxford, Blackwell, 1993.
SINGER, Peter, Ética prática, Lisboa, Gradiva, 2002.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria This curricular unit is eminently theoretical-practical, with moments of theoretical exposition, discussion and viewing and analysis of movies.

Assessment criteria

a) A script for a short film alluding to one of the topics of items I and II of the program, with presentation and discussion (individual task, 50%);
b) Film's analysis, to be presented in class and with a written component (group task, 50%)
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-07-25

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