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Summer 2017

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PHI103 - Ethics
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Engages in dialog to work toward a definition of good and evil as expressions of society's evolving values. Examines a variety of controversial moral issues from daily experience and explains the contradictory solutions people reach by appealing to different philosophical premises.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, as documented by journal entries, quizzes, exams, short essays, oral presentations, and a research paper, students will be able to:

1.identify the basis of ethics by demonstrating introductory knowledge of foundational information based upon the works of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, William James, John Dewey, Albert Camus, Sartre, G.E. Moore, H.A Prichard, Gilbert Harman, Virginia Held, and others;
2.define basic terms such as egoism, existentialism, hedonism, Kantian morality, utilitarianism as necessary for later application;
3.differentiate between at least four of the fundamental ethical dichotomies in the discipline in order to demonstrate foundational knowledge needed in analyzing those ethical systems in practical applications;
4.define, identify, and refute fallacies associated with inductive and deductive arguments;
5.develop the ability to engage in competent and accurate argumentation methods;
6.discuss (orally, and in writing) at least five of the enduring questions posed by the philosophy of ethics in order to demonstrate the ability to apply definitions in analyzing problems from a variety of established ethical frameworks;
7.*Complete a 1600 word MLA-style research paper in which she or he takes a position based within the philosophy of ethics as it relates to his or her intended profession or course of study in order to demonstrate the ability to integrate logical methods into the practical dimension of every day life.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.




Content Outline:
I. Ethics, Society, and Individuals

II. Relativism and Subjectivism

III. Self-Interest

IV. "Happiness" Is Self-Realization: Aristotle

V. Hedonistic Utilitarianism

VI. Deontological Ethics: Kant

VII. Value and the Good

VIII. Punishment and Capital Punishment

IX. Social and Economic Justice

X. Privacy

XI. Abortion: A Woman's Right

XII. Abortion: The Right to Life

XIII. Sex, Morality, and the Law

XIV. Sexual Perversion

XV. Suicide and Euthanasia

XVI. Modification of Human Life by Biomedical Research




Effective Term: Fall 2006