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PHIL-2306-002 Introduction to Ethics
The systematic evaluation of classical and/or contemporary ethical theories concerning the good life, human conduct in society, morals and standards of value.
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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)
Shafer-Landau, Russ. The Ethical Life. 5th Edition. Oxford University Press, 2021.
Shafer-Landau, Russ. The Fundamentals of Ethics. 5th Edition. Oxford University Press, 2021
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OBJECTIVES AND GOALS: We will identify history’s leading paradigmatic philosophers in ethics and analyze their philosophies through assigned readings, lectures, discussions and the viewing of related videos and movie clips.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (EXEMPLARY EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES):
Upon successful completion of the course, students will:
1. Read, analyze, and critique philosophical texts in ethics.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts, major arguments, problems, and terminology in the field of ethics..
3. Present logically persuasive arguments both orally and in writing.
4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in evaluation and application of philosophical concepts in ethics as they apply to various aspects of life.
5. Evaluate the personal and social responsibilities of living in a diverse world.
THE STUDY OF PHILOSOPHY: Philosophy is an important part to the foundation of a liberal arts education. Courses in philosophy help to provide a deeper understanding of the concepts which have formed human cultures while at the same time helping to develop the students’ skills in critical analysis, their ability to write and interpret texts from all cultures, and to examine the ideas behind theoretical thinking.
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1. Regular online participation in discussion boards and submissions of weekly assignments through Blackboard.
2. A careful reading of all the assigned sections of the textbooks (see the class outline on this syllabus to find your specific reading assignments). Reading the assigned portions of the textbooks is necessary for the successful completion of this course.
3. The successful completion of two online examinations (midterm and final). See the course outline for the dates of these exams.
4. Completion of a critical analysis (research project) on a current problem in ethics. See Content for specific guidelines and due date.
4. Extra Credit is not available for 6-8 week courses.
5. Students who receive a grade below 70 on writing assignments or exams will be referred for tutoring. Tutoring must be completed before future assignments will be accepted for a grade.
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COURSE GRADE BREAKDOWN: COURSE GRADING SCALE:
Weekly Assignments 20% 90-100 A
Reflection Paragraphs 20% 80-89 B
Midterm Examination 20% 70-79 C
Critical Analysis Paper 20% 60-69 D
Final Examination 20% 0-59 F
Part I: Introduction
Introduction to Ethics--What is Ethics? Why Study Ethics? Current issues in Ethics.
Open "Start Here!" Folder in Content. Read through basic information about this course.
View Notes/Videos in Week #1 Folder in Content.
Read Introduction (pgs. 1-19) in The Fundamentals of Ethics.
Read Introduction (pgs 1-8) in The Ethical Life.
Read Chapter 1 John Stuart Mill in The Ethical Life. i
Complete Defining Moment in Ethics (Reflection Paragraph in Common Assessment).
Participate in Discussion of Ethical Dilemma #1(Discussion Board).
Read Chapter 1: Hedonism: Its Powerful Appeal in The Fundamentals of Ethics.
Read Chapter 2: Robert Nozick in The Ethical Life
Read Chapter 2: Is Happiness All that Matters? in The Fundamentals of Ethics.
Read Chapters 9 and 10 from The Fundamentals of Ethics (Consequentialism).
Week #2 Folder--View Notes/Videos.
Complete Assignments A and B.
Participate in Discussion of Ethical Dilemma #2 (Discussion Board).
Read Chapter 9: Immanuel Kant in The Ethical Life.
Read Chapter 11: The Kantian Perspective in The Fundamentals of Ethics.
Read Chapter 12: The Kantian Perspective in The Fundamentals of Ethics.
Week #3 Folder--View Notes, Videos.
Complete Assignments C and D.
Complete Critical Thinking in Ethics Assignment (Short Essay in Common Assessment).
Participate in Discussion of Ethical Dilemma #3 (Discussion Board).
Midterm Exam (timed--online).--Complete this first. The following material will not be included on the Midterm but will be on the Final.
Read Chapter 12: Aristotle--Nichomacean Ethics in The Ethical Life
Read Chapter 17: Aristotle--Virtue Ethics in The Fundamentals of Ethics
Week #4 Folder--view notes, videos.
Complete Assignment E.
Complete Virtue Ethics Reflection Paragraph (Common Assessment).
Read Chapter 14: David Hume in The Ethical Life
Read Chapter 19: Ethical Relativism in The Fundamentals of Ethics.
Week #5 Folder--View Notes/Videos.
Complete Assignments F and G.
Last Day to Withdraw without a Failing Grade--.May 3, 2022.
Read Chapter 18: David Enoch (Why I am an Objectivist . . .) in The Ethical Life
Week #6 Folder--View Notes/Videos.
Complete Assignment H
Complete the Ethics and Human Rights Reflection Paragraph (Common Assessment).
Participate in Discussion of Ethical Dilemma #4 (Discussion Board).
Week #7 Folder--View Notes/Videos (if any).
Work on your Critical Analysis (Research Project) due next week!
Participate in Discussion of Ethical Dilemma #5 (Discussion Board--Sophie's Choice).
Week #8 Folder--View Notes/Videos (if any).
Submit Critical Analysis (Research Project).
Final Exam(timed--online). Class ends at 5:00pm on May 12, 2021 . Submissions received after 5:00pm on May 12 will not be accepted for a grade.
DO NOT FORGET THIS DATE:
Last Day to Withdraw without a Failing Grade: May 3, 2022.
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