Getting Started With This Course
Orientation for this course is recommended.
Your instructor has scheduled an independent orientation for this course, as specified here.
|Location:||Grupp 300 (If your orientation is a face-to-face meeting, the orientation location is Newtown Campus unless otherwise indicated.)|
Other Orientation Information
I recommend this orientation so that we can meet face to face and I can answer any questions you may have.
Accessing Your Course
Canvas (by Instructure)
Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the
Canvas Basics course space
to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to
access this space.
You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class.
However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course
Log in to your Canvas course space at
- Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
- Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)
If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.
Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be
able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.
Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials
While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the
ISBN number available through the course's academic department
where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore
and our online bookstore,
guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.
Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link
below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have
any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic
this link to see the book list for your course.
Other Information about the Course
In this course we examine a number of important ethical issues from a pragmatic standpoint. We read different philosopher's perspectives on the issues to gain a well rounded understanding of the various points of view so that we can better develop our own. We also study the basic ethical theories that have evolved over the centuries which gives us a foundation that we can use to develop our own ideas on the issues. Issues include sexual morality, abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, environmental ethics, technology and ethics among others. Students are asked to participate on the discussion board but are not graded on their posts, only that they do so. This opens the discussion to all points of view since students are not being judged on their posts. The grade is also determined by two exam/papers, the questions for which are given at the beginning on the syllabus.