Course Abstract Details

PHIL-105, Ethics

Credits: 3

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

PHIL-105, Ethics, explores values as they are applied to who we are and what we do. This class engages students in critically examining their systems of values through the careful exploration of the views of classic and contemporary moral philosophers. As we work with moral theory, we will explore a variety of moral issues including those that are well known and controversial and those that are often overlooked yet relevant. The overall goal is to raise awareness about, and to refine our capacity to act effectively in, our roles as moral agents. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of ENG-097 and READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Develop the capacity to look at moral issues and ethical perspectives including your own from a variety of viewpoints, taking care to do so with fairness, charity, and rigor. (G3-1, 2, 6, 7) (H4-1, 2, 3, 4) 

2. Participate in class discussions of topical moral issues and philosophical perspectives, maintaining a cooperative, respectful, and supportive environment. (G-1, 2, 7) (H-1, 2, 4) 

3. Demonstrate comprehension of key concepts, tenets, and arguments in the field of ethics and in select assigned readings. Comprehension includes awareness of the complexity and nuance within the views expressed in those readings. (G-1, 2) (H-1, 2, 3, 4) 

4. Recognize connections between assigned reading material, class discussions, and issues relevant to our lives today. (G-2, 6, 7) (H- 1, 2, 4, 5) 

5. Critically evaluate different philosophical perspectives, while exhibiting fairness and charity toward the views under consideration. (G-2, 7) (H-1, 4) 

6. Develop fair, reasoned, and insightful critiques of your own approach to ethics. (G-2, 7) (H-2, 4, 5) 

7. Use philosophical activity as a way to explore moral issues that are relevant important to you and to expand, challenge, and refine your views. (G-2, 5, 7) (H- 4, 5)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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