C-ID Descriptor
Introduction to Ethics

  • Final
  • Philosophy
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • 3.0
  • This course examines the concept of morality and values, representative ethical theories, and may include their applications to moral problems.

  • 120
  • Eligibility for College Composition (C-ID ENGL 100)

    • Ethical theories, including Kantianism, Utilitarianism and Virtue Ethics
    • Critical analysis of the ethical theories
    • Moral reasoning
    • Application of theories to moral problems
    • Moral problems may include, but are not limited to, those that arise in regard to abortion, euthanasia/assisted suicide, capital punishment, war, hunger and homelessness, global resource inequality,  animal rights, the trolley problem, the free rider problem, the environment and future generations, racial and gender injustice, sexual and reproductive autonomy, exploitation, or personal and social responsibility.

  • At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1. demonstrate knowledge of  major ethical theories, including Kantianism and Utilitarianism;
    2. apply knowledge of major ethical theories to moral problems;
    3. compare and contrast competing ethical theories and subject them to critical analysis.

  • Essays, tests, exams, class presentations.

  • Arthur and Scalet, Morality and Moral Controversies

    Louis Pojman, Discovering Right and Wrong

    Sommers and Sommers, Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life

    Rachels, J. Do the Right Thing plus The Elements of Moral Philosophy

    Cahn, Steven  Exploring Ethics: An Introductory Anthology

    Selections from primary sources (Open Educational Resources)

  • June 01, 2012