Courses on Human Values and Ethics

The College has a course on Ethics and Applied Ethics as part of the Philosophy degree programme and also the college has a course on Value Education for all the Degree programmes.

Syllabus for Ethics, Applied Ethics and Value Education


Details of the Courses:

The Courses Ethics and Applied Ethics envisages to instil the ethical values and to provide the knowledge about Ethics as a subject matter. The course Ethics introduces the subject matter and the course Applied Ethics introduces the current developments in ethics as that of  Medical Ethics, Professional Ethics, Legal Ethics, Business Ethics and Media Ethics.

The Course Value Education is aimed at providing the students with knowledge on Value System and its importance in Human existence. The objective of the course is listed as: Values are socially accepted norms to evaluateobjects, persons, and situations that form part and parcel ofsociality. A value system is a set of consistent values andmeasures. Knowledge of the values are inculcated througheducation. It contributes in forming true human being, who areable to face life and make it meaningful. There are differentkinds of values like, ethical or moral values, doctrinal orideological values, social values and aesthetic values. Valuescan be defined as broad preferences concerning appropriatecourses of action or outcomes. As such, values reflect a person’ssense of right and wrong or what “ought” to be. There arerepresentative values like, “Equal rights for all”, “Excellencedeserves admiration”. “People should be treated with respectand dignity”. Values tend to influence attitudes and behaviour and help to solve common human problems. Values are relatedto the norms of a culture.


1          The course on Ethics includes the following key aspects

Definition of Ethics: Character and conduct; Relation of Ethics with Psychology, Sociology and Politics.

Development of Morality - the level of instinct - the level of custom - the level of conscience.

Relative, Subjective and Naturalistic theories of the Moral standard - absolute and relative ethics- the standard as subjective - non-subjective naturalism- the naturalistic fallacy.

Intuitionism - the moral sense school- the theory of Bishop Butler. The Categorical Imperative of Kant.

Utilitarianism of Bentham, J.S. Mill and Sidgwick

Evolutionary Hedonism of Herbert Spencer


2          The course on AppliedEthics includes the following key aspects.    

            The Nature and Scope of Applied Ethics.

            Physical and mental health

            The importance and cultivation of physical and mental health.

            Alcoholic and other narcotic drugs - Their Impact on physical and mental health.

            Use and abuse of medicines

Medicines Vs Nature Cure.


Legal Ethics:

Laws protecting property – Impact

Illegal practices of laws and their effect 

Laws governing human rights.


Professional Ethics

Ethics for Teachers and Students. 

Problems of Students and solutions.


Business Ethics

Ethical standards of business. 

Immoral and illegal practices – solutions.


Ethics of Mass Media

Impact of newspaper - Maladies and Remedies

Impact of Radio and Television - Suppression and Exaggeration of facts - Ethical 

Solutions.Impact of Movies - violence and obscene- Ethical solutions.


3          The course on Value Education includes the following key aspects. 

Value education-its purpose and significance in the present world – Value system – The role of culture and civilization-Holistic living – Balancing the outer and inner – Body, Mind and Intellectual level- Duties and responsibilities. 

Salient values for life- Truth, commitment, honesty and integrity, forgiveness and love, empathy and ability to sacrifice, care, unity , and inclusiveness, Self-esteem and self- confidence, punctuality – Time, task and resource management – Problem solving and decision making skills- Interpersonal and Intra personal relationship – Team work – Positive and creative thinking.

Human Rights – Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Human Rights violations – National Integration – Peace and non-violence – Dr. A P J Kalam’s ten points for englightened citizenship – Social Values and Welfare of the citizen – The role of media in value building.

Environment and Ecological balance – interdependence of all beings – living and non-living. The binding of man and nature – Environment conservation and enrichment.

Social Evils – Corruption, Cybercrime, Terrorism – Alcoholism, Drug addiction – Dowry – Domestic violence – untouchability – female infanticide – atrocities against women-How to tackle them.