Ethics offer answers to the question of: how we should live? How should we treat other people, animals and Nature? How do we judge what is good and evil, right and wrong? Do we use our faith, feelings or reason? If we do good will we receive good, be rewarded, for our moral conduct? And, conversely, if we do bad will we be punished and never rewarded?

On planet earth it seems that anything goes and everything is permitted: corruption is an accepted way of life, people lie, cheat, abuse others and get away with murder; this is why being able to think and reason ethically is vital to the future of the human race, future generations, and all life forms.

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Who should attend?

  1. University students
  2. Members of NGOs
  3. Civil servants

Length of Course

4 Half-Day Sessions

Date & Time

May 20th; May 27th
June 3rd and June 17th

09:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
(Refreshments included)

Objectives of the Course

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand ethical judgements and what foundations they are based on and argued.
  2. Understand different ethical theories in the application to everyday personal. Societal and global moral problems.


  1. Reading and dialogue

Number of Places

  1. 20

8:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Session 1:

Topic: Ethics: why be good and do the right thing? (Part 1)

The way the world is. What are the major moral problems in our everyday lives, in our community and in the world?


10:30 a.m.




10:45 a.m.

Session 2:

Topic: Ethics: why be good and do the right thing? (Part 2)

The way the world should be. How should we live? Judging right and wrong, good and bad. Ethics as a way of life.




12:15 p.m.

End of Session





09: 00 a.m.

Session 3

Topic: Where do our notions of morality come from?

Understanding society, culture, history and religions.

10:45 a.m.

Session 4

Topic: Good and evil are in the eye of the beholder.

Absolutism and relativism in practice




09: 00 a.m.

Session 5

Topic: Foundations of morality

Motives, reasons, intentions and consequences.

10:45 a.m.

Session 6

Topic: Being good and living well.

Reason and feelings.




09: 00 a.m.

Session 7

Topic: Happiness pain and pleasure.

Measuring morality by consequences.

10:45 a.m.

Session 8       

Topic: Means and ends.

Duty to the truth and reason




12:15 p.m.

End of course.





ELM Graduate School, Building 15 Jalan Sri Semantan 1, Off Jalan Semantan, Bukit Damansara


RM 600 per person
(RM 150 per day)
Trainer Profile

Dr Tim Rackett studied philosophy at the University of Essex and his doctorate at Birkbeck College University of London. His specialisms are Foucault, Freud, Nietzsche, late Wittgenstein, Quine, Hacking, political philosophy and philosophy of science. He taught philosophy in Thailand for 13 years and has lived in Southeast Asia for 20 years.


For more information about the program, please write to Dr. Rackett:

To sign up for the program, please complete the registration form and return it to Ms. Kimberly Leong at the Center for Workplace Performance and Learning.


Telephone: 03-27112000 (ext .1129)