Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Define and demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts in ethics.
2. Describe, analyze and evaluate moral theories.
3. Analyze and evaluate specific philosophical arguments involved in
representative comtemporary moral issues.
4. Compare, contrast and evaluate the application of modern and classical
moral theories to contemporary moral issues.
1. Moral concepts such as moral values, virtues, rights, moral reasoning,
relativism and absolutism, intrinsic and extrinsic value.
2. Moral theories such as utilitarianism, contract theory and
3. The factual background for representative moral issues such as
euthanasia, abortion, animal rights, privacy.
4. The philosophical theories and arguments involved in representative
1. Reading assignments from course texts and supplementary materials.
2. Quizzes as appropriate. Quizzes may be based on the reading
3. Exams: take-home and in-class essay exams.
4. Papers: five-page or longer term paper on a practical or moral issue.
5. Final examination.
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
40 - 60%
|Written homework, Term papers||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
30 - 50%
|Multiple choice, Essay Exams, Short Essay or Quizzes||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
10 - 20%
THE ELEMENTS OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY, 3rd ed., James Rachels, McGraw-Hill,
THE RIGHT THING TO DO, 2nd ed., edited by James Rachels, McGraw-Hill,
CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES, 2nd ed., Lawrence Hinman, Harcourt, 1998.
ETHICS: A PLURALISTIC APPROACH TO MORAL THEORY, Lawrence Hinman,
TAKING SIDES: CLASHING VIEWS ON CONTROVERSIAL MORAL ISSUES, 8th ed.,
Stephen Sarris, Dushkin, 2002
BEING GOOD, A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS, Simon Blackburn, Oxford, 2001.