LAW 483MORAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN LAW LECTURER : PUAN ROZITA BINTI OTHMAN LL.M LL.B (Malaya) Advocate & Solicitors (High Court of Malaya) (Non-practicing) FACULTY OF LAW UiTM, SHAH ALAM 2012
Course DescriptionThis course examines ethical and moral theories, moral ideals and the way in which conventional theories of moral values and ideals are being challenged in contemporary society.The course also explores specific areas in which Codes of Ethics have been promulgated and applied and examines thee madalities goerning ethical and moral conduct in the workplace, in professional bodies, in media, in the context of cyberspace and medicine.Students are actively encouraged to explore the influence and impact of ethics on the law making process in the lacal and international arena.
Course OutcomesAt the end of the course, students should have the:• Ability to understand the contributions of ethicist.• Ability to apply the principles in the social, cultural, economics and political contexts.• Ability to critically examine the laws and regulations that encompasses moral and ethical principles and theories.
COURSE CONTENT:Topic 1 : Introduction - Definition of Ethics and Morality - Moral philosophical theoriesTopic 2: Critical Thinking - Syllogism - Falllacies in reasoning *ad hominem *based on authority *based on force *based on pity and ridicule *based on generalization *based on a slippery slope
Topic 5: Modalities of governing morality and ethical conductMedico-Legal Issues - Abortion - Euthanasia & Physician – Assisted Suicide - Assisted conception / Artificial Insemination - Cloning and Embryo Research - Human Fertilisation - Surrogacy - Organ Donation
Cyberethics - Definition of Cyberethics - Stages of Cybrethics - Legal Issues arising from cyberethics *privacy *surveillance and monitoring *cyberinsuranceIssues Involving Sexuality - Concepts relating to decency and obscenity - Victim precipitation theory - Personal autonomy and the right to say ‘no’ - Current legal provisions on rape
Homosexuality - Religion - The Wolfenden Report (United Kingdom) - Devlin’s Shared Morality test - Case Law *Shaw v DPP *R v Brown *Lawrence Gardner v State of TexasMedia - Censorship and Freedom of Expression - Canons of Journalism / Code of Practise - Selective reporting
METHODS OF TEACHING:LECTURE, TUTORIAL AND STUDENT-CENTREDLEARNINGEVALUATION:CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT : 30%(quizzes, assignments, case review,mid term examination will be conductedby tutor)FINAL EXAMINATION : 70% ---------- 100%
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15. Michael F. Wagner, “A Historical Introduction to Moral Philosophy”, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 1991.16. Louis p. Pojman, “Ethical Theory: Classical and Contmporary Radings”, Wadsworth Publishing Company, USA, Third ditionj, 1998.17. Francis J. Beckwith, “Do The Right Thing: Radings in Applied thics and Social Philosophy”, Wardsworth Thompson Learning, USA, Second dition, 200218. Richard M. Fox, Joswph P. D Marco, “Moral Reasoning: A Philosophic Approach to Applied thics”, Harcourt College Publishrs, USA, Second Edition, 2001.
Statutes1. Medical Act 19712. Human Tissued Act 19743. Sedition Act 19484. Penal Code5. Official Screts Act 19726. Lgal Profssion Act 1976
1. Please come to class on time i.e. Be punctual 2. Please wear proper attire. No jeans, hanging t- shirt, slippers & round collar shirt. 3. Attendance for lectures and tutorials arecompulsory. 4. It is sincerely hoped that students will inform the lecturer of his/her absence from the class. 5. Handphone/Any electrical devices must beswitched off or switched to silent mode duringlecture and tutorial hours