Course code Filz1003

Credit points 1.50

Ethics, Aesthetics

Total Hours in Course60

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Date of course confirmation05.02.2014

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developers

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Gunārs Brāzma

Dr. phil.

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Leonards Leikums

Dr. phil.

Course abstract

Students acquire knowledge of the basic ethical principles, the main ethical and aesthetical categories, the history of ethical and aesthetical ideas. The course promotes skills in analysing contemporary issues of practical ethics and concrete cases. In addition to lectures the course includes discussions in seminars, group work and presentations of students’ papers.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After completing the course student will have:
• knowledge of basic ethical principles, basic categories of ethics and aesthetics, the history of ethical and aesthetical ideas;
• skills in formulating and analysing topical problems of the contemporary ethics, skills in evaluating aesthetic qualities of works of art;
• competence to solve problems responsibly, to evaluate knowledge and skills, to integrate them in further professional activity.

Compulsory reading

1. Praktiskā filosofija. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 549 lpp.
2. Lasmane S., Milts A., Rubenis A. Ētika. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1995. 252 lpp.
3. Rubenis A. Ētika XX gadsimtā. Praktiskā ētika. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1996. 222 lpp.
4. Celma J. Estētika: estētisko ideju vēsture Eiropā. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2000. 90 lpp.

Further reading

1. Brāzma G. Bioētika. Jelgava: LLU, 2010. 128 lpp.
2. Gombrihs E.H. Mākslas vēsture. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 1997. 688 lpp.
3. Milts A. Ētika. Saskarsmes ētika. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2004. 153 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Žurnāls "Rīgas laiks". SIA "Rīgas laiks". ISSN 1407-1622
2. Nedēļas žurnāls "Sestdiena". ISSN 1407-1312