PHIL111: Ethics
Section: E59     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearSpring 2014 / (15 weeks): Jan 22, 2014 to May 19, 2014
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

David Brahinsky   Email: David.Brahinski@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8276

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 6 - 9 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

eLearning:
Web-based course

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Format

A sample Course Format is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. Course Formats explain how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • Read the important instructor supplied information located at the end of this document

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation(s)

Orientation for this course is recommended.

On-Campus Meeting

Your instructor has scheduled an independent orientation for this course, as specified here.

Date:1/28/14
Time:12:30 to 1:30
Location:Penn 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 start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at bucks.instructure.com

  • 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, go to WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. 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 department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.


Other Information about the Course

Check Canvas for viewing access only, as early as 1/15/14.

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 fioundation 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 qeustions for which are given at the beginning on the syllabus.