Course Description

A  survey of theoretical approaches to ethics. Covers such topics as ethical relativism, egoism, utilitarianism, justice and moral responsibility. Consideration will be given to application of ethical matters in the contemporary world.

Personal Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify definitional terminology relating to ethical and philosophical concepts and apply them.
  2. Classify different philosophical theories of ethics and compare and contrast their strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Recognize ethical dilemmas and evaluate them based on philosophical theories or religious viewpoints.
  4. Analyze relationships of contemporary ethical practices within the context of ethical theories and viewpoints.
  5. Develop your own ethical theories and beliefs to justify and critique your decisions and actions in everyday circumstances.
  6. Deliver a presentation prepared to address a topic from a specific moral/ethical perspective.
  7. Demonstrate college-level writing skills by incorporating material  into clear sentences and cohesive paragraphs.

Syllabus

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Course guide

Here is the course outline:

Getting Started
Welcome to your online course!
Week 1
Ethics and How it Relates to Human Social Responsibilities
Week 2
Individual Rights and Responsibilities
Week 3
Social Rights and Responsibilities
Week 4
Individual and Social Rights and Responsibilities
Week 5
Lessons and Insights from a Study of Ethics
Week 6
Exam on All of the Course Materials