Introduction to Ethics Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PHIL-2306-001 Introduction to Ethics


Course Description

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)

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Online Course

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Required textbooks

Shafer-Landau, Russ, The Fundamentals of Ethics, Oxford University Press, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-19-999723-7

Shafer-Landau, Russ, The Ethical Life, Oxford University Press, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-19-999727-5


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Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to participate in the class regularly, which includes submitting weekly discussion posts and completing all scheduled assignments in a timely manner.

Grading Criteria

Discussion Posts = 25%

Quizzes = 25%

Midterm and Final Exam = 25%

Reflection Papers + Common Assessment = 25%

Final Course Grade Breakdown by Total Points:

A = 900-100
B = 800-899
C = 700-799
D = 600-699
F = 0-599


Students who have not posted in the introductions forum or submitted an assignment by the census date will be dropped from the course.


Unit 1: Opens on 3/21 and Closes on 4/3

Read chapter 1: John Stuart Mill in The Ethical Life

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

Post in the discussion board.

Take Quiz #1

Unit 2: Opens on 4/4 and Closes on 4/17

Read chapter 6: Euthyphro in The Ethical Life

Read chapter 5: Morality and Religion in The Fundamentals of Ethics

Read chapter 9: Immanuel Kant in The Ethical Life

Read chapter 11: The Kantian Perspective: Fairness and Justice and Chapter 12: The Kantian Perspective: Autonomy and Respect in The Fundamentals of Ethics

Post in the discussion board.

Take Quiz #2

Submit Reflection Paper 1

Take Midterm Exam

Unit 3: Opens on 4/18 and Closes on 5/1

Read chapter 12: Aristotle in The Ethical Life

Read chapter 17: Virtue Ethics in The Fundamentals of Ethics

Read chapter 14: David Hume in The Ethical Life

Read pages 78-79 in The Fundamentals of Ethics (from Chapter 6: Natural Law)

Post in the discussion board.

Submit Reflection Paper 2

Unit 4: Opens on 5/2 and Closes on 5/11

Read chapter 17: Harry Gensler in The Ethical Life

Read chapter 19: Ethical Relativism: Its Powerful Appeal in The Fundamentals of Ethics

Read chapter 18: David Enoch in The Ethical Life

Read chapter 21: Eleven Arguments Against Moral Objectivity  in The Fundamentals of Ethics

Post in the discussion board.

Take Quiz #3

Submit Common Assessment

Take the Final Exam


Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

03/19/22 11:43 AM

Last Edited on:

03/19/22 12:36 PM