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ZUG1036 - Critical thinking and ethics

15 Credits


This module aims to provide students with a basic knowledge of ethical theories and concepts as well as building the capacity for ethical and critical thinking skills. Equipped with these skills, students would be able to apply their new-found knowledge to various practical situations, case studies and ethical dilemmas in the workplace with a focus on the fields of business, community and health. On critical thinking, the content includes intellectual virtues; reading, understanding and judging texts; argumentation and good reasoning; fallacies; bad thinking and reasoning; concepts, meaning and definition; preparing and writing an assignment or essay. On ethics, the content includes an introduction to ethics; how it starts: the ethics of virtue; religion and ethics; myself or others: egoism and altruism; modern ethical concepts 1: intentions and consequences; modern ethical concepts 2: individual and community ; human rights; environmentalism; inequality: rich and poor; feminism and the ethics of care; ethics in Africa; ethical and cultural relativism.

Undergraduate – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s)/term(s) in which this module is offered.


  • Second Semester 2017
  • Term 3 2017


  • Identify the key issues related to ethics
  • Apply critical and analytical skills for ethical decision-making in the workplace
  • Assess situations and case studies in the field and workplace using the acquired ethical, critical and analytic skills


  • Within semester / term assessment: 60%
  • Examination: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.





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