Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Philosophy
Course Number and TitlePHIL111 Ethics
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionA critical examination of the foundations of ethical theory; contributions of eminent philosophers of ethics are evaluated. The source material used consists of analytic studies from great religious thinkers and philosophers. Students learn to begin to formulate an intellectual basis for their own ethical behavior.
Required Course Content and Direction
- To survey the evolution of ethical thought, as part of a general philosophical inquiry, as organized into the various recognized ethical traditions, and as these traditions are related to one another, both intellectually and historically.
- To make critical evaluations of a series of contemporary moral issues based upon an experiential and argumental approach.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- Human Freedom
- The Ethics of Judaism and Christianity
- Concerns regarding the “right to life” and the “right to choose”
- Punishment: retribution or rehabilitation?
- Sexual Harassment
- Animal Rights
- Ethics and the Environment
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Text: See Course Format
Teaching Methods EmployedLecture, Class Discussion, Film/Video, Writing Exercises
Review/Approval Date - 2/99