die University of Innsbruck and die Philosophical-Theological University (PTH) Brixen offer October 2022 in cooperation with the Free University of Bozen a new University course “Applied Ethics” a. “This university course is the fruit of many years of good cooperation with the Institute for Christian Philosophy at the University of Innsbruck,” explains the Dean of the PTH Brixen, Prof. Alexander Notdurfter. “As a philosophical-theological university, it is important to us to expand our offerings in the field of philosophy and to strengthen our cooperation with the Free University of Bozen.” to offer an additional qualification in philosophy with a focus on ethics for people who work in a wide variety of fields”.
Also the President of the Free University of Bozen, Professor Ulrike Tappeiner, emphasizes that “ethical skills and perspectives are an important contribution to tackling major current challenges in areas such as the environment, medicine, but also in the economy. Today, they are just as much a part of the integrated future skills as the ability to digitize and innovate. The interaction of academic institutions in this area is all the more consistent. “We are therefore pleased, as the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, to support this offer from our two partner institutions PTH Brixen and the University of Innsbruck on the terms of our students and teachers,” says Tappeiner.
The moral theologian is on the part of the PTH Brixen Prof Martin M Lintner project manager. For him, the demand for ethics is also a crisis phenomenon. “We are currently experiencing cognitive changes in many areas. This unsettles many people and at the same time awakens the need for a moral orientation.” “We asked ourselves whether, against the background of the medical-ethical principle of justice, the priority treatment of Covid-19 patients is justified and what we should do in the event of a shortage of medical resources: Who receives which medical treatment if we cannot treat everyone in an emergency situation during a pandemic?” According to Lintner, the discussion on compulsory vaccination will also continue to occupy us. “In addition to the simple introduction to ethical issues in the first part of the course, we consciously two complex issues selected for the deepening: First, medical, biological and care-ethical issues, second, ecological issues such as sustainability, environmental and animal ethics.” The effects of global warming, with which the first die Brixner Philosophy Days from 1.-3. Sep 2022 Working out means that “we face the challenge, both as expected and as a society, of how we can make our lifestyle, the economy and agriculture environmentally friendly,” Lintner is convinced. Also Markus Molling, professor of philosophy at the PTH Brixen and lecturer in the course, shares the observation that sensitivity to environmental issues has grown: “We are already aware of what is happening. There is a loss of species, the glaciers are receding. We have to deal with it. The ethics course will not offer a panacea. But it creates a space to think about these phenomena in a structured way, to discuss them and to look for solutions.”
The main person responsible for the university course Joseph Quitterer, Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Innsbruck. Quitterer is convinced by the unique variety of courses offered in the course, ranging from the basics of ethics, to ethical issues at the beginning and end of life (pre-implantation diagnostics, living wills, palliative medicine, etc.) to questions of animal and environmental ethics (sustainability, biodiversity, conflicting priorities of species protection as well as agriculture and forestry). The quality of the content offered is guaranteed by internationally renowned lecturers from various departments at the Universities of Innsbruck and Bozen, the Medical University of Innsbruck, the Claudiana, the EURAC and the Philosophical-Theological University of Bressanone.
The university course is held at the PTH Brixen and begins in the winter semester 2022/23. It lasts two semesters and consists of two modules. The basic module in the first semester serves as basic training in ethics. In the second semester, participants can choose one of two specialization modules: either “Sustainability, environmental ethics and animal ethics” or “Bioethics, medical ethics and care ethics”.
Students at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano can take selected courses of up to 12 ECTS/AP as electives for their degree.
Die regularly registration deadline ends 07/12/2022. For more information, see www.hochschulebrixen.it.