Temporary Lectureship in Moral and Political Philosophy – UP

The UP Philosophy Department is seeking a part-time and temporary lecturer to instruct the following two courses: BPE 211 (a semester course taught to all Accountancy students in the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences) during the first semester, and FIL 251 (a 7 week course repeated in 3 quarters and taught to the rest of the EMS faculty) during the second (no vacancy), third, and fourth quarters in 2014.
BPE 211 Accountancy Ethics
Ethics in business and accountancy
In the first 10 weeks of this module students are equipped with an understanding of the moral issues influencing human agency in economic and political contexts. In particular philosophy equips students with analytical reasoning skills necessary to understand and solve complex moral problems related to economic and political decision making. We demonstrate to students how the biggest questions concerning the socio-economic aspects of our lives can be broken down and illuminated through reasoned debate. Examples of themes which may be covered in the module include justice and the common good, a moral consideration of the nature and role of economic markets on society, issues concerning justice and equality, and dilemmas of loyalty. The works of philosophers covered may for instance include that of Aristotle, Locke, Bentham, Mill, Kant, Rawls, Friedman, Nozick, Bernstein, Dworkin, Sandel, Walzer, and MacIntyre. In the last 4 weeks of the module the focus is on professionalism, careers and ethics. Codes of ethics in business and professions, professional codes, as well as ethical issues in the accountancy profession are discussed.

FIL 251 Introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy
In this module students are equipped with an understanding of the moral issues influencing human agency in economic and political contexts. In particular philosophy equips students with analytical reasoning skills necessary to understand and solve complex moral problems related to economic and political decision making. We demonstrate to students how the biggest questions concerning the socio-economic aspects of our lives can be broken down and illuminated through reasoned debate. Examples of themes which may be covered in the module include justice and the common good, a moral consideration of the nature and role of economic markets on society, issues concerning justice and equality, and dilemmas of loyalty. The works of philosophers covered may for instance include that of Aristotle, Locke, Bentham, Mill, Kant, Rawls, Friedman, Nozick, Bernstein, Dworkin, Sandel, Walzer, and MacIntyre.

Given the administrative burden of organising groups of 500+ students in each case, we are looking to appoint at least two to three persons.

Requirement: A Master’s Degree; teaching experience with large groups of students; ability to teach and debate philosophical ideas with people who do not have an extensive background in philosophy.
Strong recommendation: Solid background in moral philosophy and political philosophy; a PhD.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity. In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited, to candidates from under-represented designated groups. All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply. The University of Pretoria reserves the right not to make an appointment to the posts as advertised.

Remuneration starts at around R15 000 for a module for someone satisfying the minimum requirements.

To apply, by 15 October 2014 email the following to the Head of the Department of Philosophy at the address given below:
(1) A CV including academic record, academic teaching experience, , and contact details of two referees
(2) A teaching portfolio that includes evidence of teaching ability, including a lecture schedule/syllabus for the module advertised, and ideally also student evaluations for prior courses
(3) A cover letter detailing a statement of motivation for and interest in the advertised position.

For any further questions, please contact the Head of the Department of Philosophy at the address given below.

Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem Professor and Head

Department of Philosophy, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X20, Hatfield, Pretoria 0028
e-mail: emma.ruttkamp-bloem@up.ac.za

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