SRJC Course Outlines

7/15/2024 11:07:04 PMPHIL 7 Course Outline as of Fall 2025

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PHIL 7Title:  MORAL ISSUES  
Full Title:  Contemporary Moral Issues
Last Reviewed:2/26/2024

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Students will be introduced to moral theories and apply these theories to contemporary issues such as genetic engineering, capital punishment, artificial intelligence, war, sex work, economic justice, animal rights, and environmental duty.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Students will be introduced to moral theories and apply these theories to contemporary issues such as genetic engineering, capital punishment, artificial intelligence, war, sex work, economic justice, animal rights, and environmental duty.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Inactive: 
 Area:E
Humanities
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1981
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: PHIL 120 Introduction to Ethics SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHIL7

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Apply distinct moral theories to contemporary moral issues.
2. Construct original arguments about contemporary moral issues.
3. Evaluate arguments about contemporary moral issues.
 

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. 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 contemporary moral issues.
4. Compare, contrast, and evaluate the application of modern and classical moral theories to contemporary moral issues.

Topics and Scope
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I. Moral Concepts
    A. Moral values
    B. Intrinsic and extrinsic values
    C. Normative ethics
     D. Applied ethics
    E. Relativism and absolutism
    F. Moral reasoning
    G. Moral status
II. Moral Theories
    A. Utilitarianism
    B. Contract theory
    C. Deontology
    D. Natural Law theory
    E. Moral rights
     F. Virtue ethics
     G. Feminist ethics
     H. Other
III. Factual Background for Representative Moral Issues
    A. Euthanasia
     B. Reproductive questions
    C. Animal rights
    D. Privacy
    E. Capital Punishment
     F. War and terrorism
     G. Economic justice
    H. Hate speech
     I. Environmental duty/justice
    J. Genetic engineering
    K. Artificial intelligence
    L. Other

Assignments:
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1. Reading assignments from course texts and supplementary materials
2. Written papers: weekly journal or written reflection assignments
3. Quizzes based on the reading assignments
4. Take-home or in-class essay exams
5. Individual or group presentation(s)
6. Term paper on a moral issue of at least 1250 words
7. Final examination typically includes multiple choice, short answer, in-class or take-home essay

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 60%
Term paper and written papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 20%
Individual or group presentation(s)
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 60%
Quizzes, exams, and final examination
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Participation and attendance


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Elements of Moral Philosophy. 10th ed. Rachels, James and Rachels, Stuart. McGraw Hill. 2023.
The Fundamentals of Ethics. 6th ed. Shafer-Landau, Russ. Oxford University Press. 2023.
Doing Ethics. 6th ed. Vaughn, Lewis. Norton. 2021.
Ethical Choices. 3rd ed. Burnor, Richard and Raley, Yvonne. Oxford University Press. 2021.
 
Introduction to Ethics: An Open Educational Resource. Levin, Noah. LibreTexts. https://human.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Philosophy/Book%3A_Introduction_to_Ethics_(Levin_et_al.) . (CC-BY). 2019 (classic).
Introduction to Ethical Studies: An Open Source Reader. Archie, Lee and Archie, John. https://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook.pdf . (CC BY-SA). 2004. (classic).
Ethics for A-Level. Dimmock, Mark and Fisher, Andrew. LibreTexts. https://human.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Philosophy/Book%3A_Ethics_(Fisher_and_Dimmock) . (CC BY). 2017. (classic)
Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics. Matthews, George. Rebus Community. https://press.rebus.community/intro-to-phil-ethics/ . (CC BY) 2020. (classic)

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