Various courses

Faculty of History and Philosophy

Introduction to Ethics


This course provides an overview of three principal moral theories: Aristotle's virtue ethics as presented in his Nichomachean Ethics, Kant's deontoloical ethics as presented in his Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals and John Stuart Mill's rule ethics as presented in Utilitarianism

Taught in Icelandic 


Applied Ethics


The topic of this course will be the relation between theoretical and applied ethics. The focus will be on the application of ethics in dealing with practical problems in modern society. Issues such as free speech, euthanasia, abortions, animal rights, international justice, punishment and war will be discussed. The course is based on lectures with opportunities of discussion.

Taught in Icelandic 


Ethics of Nature


The course deals with the connection between Man and Nature from the viewpoint of Moral Philosophy. It discusses the main proponents of and theories within Environmental Ethics and describes the roots of differing views of Nature, as well as different ethical orientations, i.e. anthropocentric, ecocentric, and biocentric positions. The course also deals with the integration of environmental and developmental issues, and with the connection between environmentalism and democracy. Amongst central issues discussed are the following: Can Ethics provide guidance in the solution of environmental problems?, What type of beings are worthy of moral considerability?, Can natural phenomena possess intrinsic value?, Do animals have rights?, Is there any fundanmental difference in men's and women's relations to Nature?, and, What is the ethical basis of sustainable development?

Taught in English 


Seminar of Professional and Practical Ethics


This course is mainly based on guest lecturers who will tell about ethical problems facing them in their professional work. In the first part the eimphaisis is on professionalism, the relationship between professions and their clients and the role of ethical codes. In the second part the focus will be on confidentiality, privacy and informed consent. Finally there will be discussions of particular professions such as doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists and academics. There will be a special emphasis on discussion of real ethical problems that meet people at work.

Taught in Icelandic 


Buisness Ethics


This course is a comprehensive examination into the major components of ethical and social responsibility including economic, legal, political, ethical and societal issues involving the interaction of business, government and society.

Taught in Icelandic 



Faculy of Theology and Religious Studies

Introduction to Theological Ethics


A survey of the main ethical theories in theology and philosophy.Various ethical questions in modern time will be discussed.

Taught in Icelandic 


Sexuality, Ethics and Society


Taught in Icelandic 



Faculty of Medicine

Introduction to Physiotherapy and Ethics


The course comprises two main topics. One is introduction to physiotherapy and the other is ethics.

The profession of physiotherapy and its history is introduced, the roles and specialization of physiotherapists are explained, and different employment settings are presented. The students will learn the elements of client management, theoretical models that influence the physiotherapy practice and what types of intervention service physiotherapists provide. Methods to foster professional behaviour and ethical concepts affecting physiotherapy practice will be presented and discussed. The status of physiotherapy today and in the future will be discussed.

Taught in Icelandic 


Sociology and Ethics


Main issues in health sociology are introduced as well as the Icelandic health system. Patients' rights, including social insurance, access and other matters of the disabled are covered. Ethical issues of the health services are discussed.

Taught in Icelandic 



Faculty of Sports, Social Education and Leisure Studies

Ethics and professionalism


In this course  the student deals in a thoughtful manner with ethical problems related to his professional role. Main theories in ethics are introduced, i.e. Utilitarianism, and deontological theories. Important ethical concepts like justice, human rights, autonomy and welfare will be studied along with professionalism, privacy and ethics of science. In discussions  special emphasise will be placed on getting aquainted with ethical problems related to the field of  social pedagogy and leisure studies. Issues like fetal diagnosis, privacy, ethical dilemmas in youth work and equlity will be discussed and analyzed ethically.

Taught in Icelandic 


Research ethics in social siences


In this course on resaerch ethics special emphasis will be on research ethics in social sciences. Good conduct in research will be in focus as well as ethical dilemmas related to studies using qualitative method of research. Icelandic regulations and ethical committees regarding research in Iceland will be  introduced.

Taught in Icelandic 



Faculty of Social Work 

The Social Work Profession and ethics


The goal of this course is to have students learn interview technique and receive opportunities to practice interviewingt in role plays.  Students make an interviewing video and analyse it.  Students also do other projects, connecting professional knowledge with practice, creating awareness about own attitutes, values and personal factors.  Emphasis is put on students gaining knowledge and insight into ethology of social work and that they are prepared for ethical decision making in public services.  Professional writing is also adressed in this course, as a tool in case procedure.  Finally, supervision is introduced and it‘s role in social work

Taught in Icelandic 



Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering 



This course is designed to provide students with a framework for understanding ways in which human societies transform themselves through technological innovation and for assessing the social and ethical issues associated with technological change. New technologies extend human powers and enlarge social options, but also often give rise to unwanted social and environmental consequences and lead to troubling ethical problems. These general themes will be developed by means of lectures, associated course readings, classroom activities, and exercises in seminar sections during which students will explore past and present developments in various fields of technology and discuss the ethical and social issues they raise.

Taught in Icelandic 



Faculty of Business Administration 

Negotiating skills and ethics


The objective of the course is to familiarize students with key concepts and theories of negotiation through active participation in negotiation simulations and discussions as well as through analyzing contracts and negotiation processes.
The course seeks to deepen students' understanding of negotiation, its processes and outcomes, in order to foster a positive attitude towards negotiation and to open their eyes to opportunities inherent in negotiation. The premise of the course is that an effective negotiator aims to improve the results of all parties to a negotiation while actively guarding his/her own interests.

Taught in Icelandic 



Faculty of Education Studies 

Diversity and society: History, ethics, and attitudes


The main subject of the course is social diversity and the status of marginalised individuals and groups. The course is divided into three parts where the first two parts are based on theoretical discussion of history and ethics, while in the third part students are expected to use those theoretical foundations from the previous parts to reflect on the field and their own attitudes.

Taught in Icelandic 



Faculty of Psychology 

Ethics in Psychological Practice


Laws and regulations that psychologists have to know. Ethic code for psychologists. Interactions and administration in the work place. Basics of behavioral interviewing.

Taught in Icelandic 



Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies 

Art Theory: Ethics in Contemporary Art Practice


In the course, the main theories in ethics and art theory from the second half of the 20th century and the 21st century are introduced and discussed. The course seeks to explore how ideas on the relationship between fine arts and ethics influence artistic practice and discussion and writing on the fine arts. Theories originating from other fields of the humanities and may be applied to the fine arts and visual culture are also discussed. The new position of art in a globalized context and the relationship between the fine arts and the art market will be discussed. Carefully selected articles are read, both original and explanatory texts, which show different emphases in art theory research in the fine arts in the last few decades.

Taught in Icelandic 




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