Responsibility and Practical Ethics Schools' Day

At the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics we've been thinking about responsibility and how we can all do more to tackle some of the biggest ethical problems facing us today.

We invited school teams of 16-18 year-olds to send us videos about an ethical problem and how they think responsibility is involved. We received some wonderful entries, and are delighted to share the four top videos with you, from Bancroft's School, Cardiff High School, Varndean and Cardinal Newman, and Stratton Upper School. 

These teams will visit Oxford for our Responsibility and Practical Ethics Schools' Day, where they will take part in a debate, with lots of opportunities to discuss ethics with our researchers, and a get taste of University life. If you are a school interested in participating in the event please contact Liz Sanders. This event is not open to members of the public. 

The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics is grateful to Schools Outreach Co-ordinator Wedad Rattab, and to the Wellcome Trust for supporting this event.

24th March 2020 . University of Oxford: Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD.

Start

End

Activity

10:00

10:30

Arrival and registration. Tea & coffee

10:30

10:35

Brief welcome

10:35

11:00

Talk: Professor Julian Savulescu, Oxford Uehiro Centre Director

11:00

11:30

Debate: Dr Alberto Giubilini and Professor Dominic Wilkinson

11:30

11:40

Break.

11:40

12:25

Semi-final debates (these will occur simultaneously)

12:25

13:15

Lunch & decision on finalists

13:15

14:00

Activity: Should medicine be used to enhance or treat?

14:00

14:10

Break

14:10

14:55

Debate final

14:55

15:15

How to apply to Oxford.

Decision on debate final

15:15

15:30

Event feedback

15:30

15:45

Winner announced, thanks & farewell.

The debates will have the following structure:

Speaker 1 for: Outlines the initial case for the proposal (4 minutes)
Speaker 1 against: Outlines the initial case against the proposal. (4 minutes)
Speaker 2 for: Develops the case for (e.g. by adding more detail) and responds to some of the opposition's first points. (4 minutes)
Speaker 2 against: Develops the case against (e.g. by adding more detail) and responds to some of the opposition's first points. (4 minutes)
Speaker 3 for: Summarises the debate, and explains why you think your side has won (5 minutes)
Speaker 3 against: Summarises the debate, and explains why you think your side has won (5 minutes)

Each of the first two speakers will have four minutes. The third will have five minutes. There will be ten minutes for questions from the floor at the end.