June 01, 2012
Introduction to Ethics
This course examines the concept of morality and values, representative ethical theories, and may include their applications to moral problems.
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:
- demonstrate knowledge of major ethical theories, including Kantianism and Utilitarianism;
- apply knowledge of major ethical theories to moral problems;
- 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)