Course Abstract Details
PHIL-203, Ethics in Literature
PHIL-203, Ethics in Literature, explores six major philosophical issues through literature: the nature of humankind, the problem of evil, the search for knowledge, self and society, freedom and fate, and the experience of love. Prerequisite: ENGL-102. Also offered as ENGL-203; credit will not be given for both. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.
Course Objectives and Grading Information
1. Demonstrate critical reading skills through assigned reading assignments.
2. Utilize informational literacy skills through research to complete written assignments.
3. Develop reasoning and problem solving skills by exploring philosophical theories in several ways:
- Demonstrate an understanding of select moral theories by describing the basic tenets of each theory.
- Analyze ethical issues in literary works by identifying moral issues and applying specific theories as required to judge the appropriate response.
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the theories you apply to case studies and use your evaluation to substantiate your own position.
- Students will formulate their own theories in response to their examination of the theories presented in class.
4. Develop metacognition skills by applying to one146s own thoughts the same critical thinking that we will apply to assigned philosophical theories.
5. Enhance social and cultural awareness by means of the application of philosophical theory to problems and issues that face us now and have faced people historically and by exploring philosophical theories that arise in different cultures.
6. Refine written communication skills through the completion of written essays or term papers.
7. Refine oral communication skills through participation in class discussions.
The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study: