Singapore University of Social Sciences

Why Do Good?

Why Do Good? (SCO101)

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Language: English

Duration: 6 months

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Area of Interest: Others

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School/Department: College of Lifelong & Experiential Learning


Do we have obligations to help others? Should we do good because we can? This course questionsthe basis of how we think about right and wrong, our reasons for doing or not doing good, anddistinguishes between rights, responsibilities, obligations and types of duties. It will extend theseviews from the perspective of an ethical theory (e.g., deontological theory; utilitarianism) to a singleissue (e.g., gender, racial, and class stereotypes and discrimination; local vs foreign workers). Thisapplication of ethical theories to real-world issues will allow students to engage with concerns thathave important implications for individuals and societies in the present and the future like fault linesin society, common space, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This course isalso a primer for most elective courses in the SUSS Core, which inspect our interaction betweenindividuals and between societies.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 2.5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Common Concepts in Moral Discourse
  • Moral Dilemmas
  • Banal Evil
  • Deontology
  • Utilitarianism and Effective Altruism
  • Case Studies

Learning Outcome

  • Identify ethical considerations.
  • Explain concepts relevant to how we should think about moral issues.
  • Apply ethical theories to discuss real-world issues.
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in personal responses.
  • Discuss constraints of each ethical position.
  • Present ethical case studies.
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