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Credit Hours: 0.5

Course Length: 1 Semester

Course Description

In Ethics, students will develop the ability to make reasoned and ethical choices when confronted with the many complex, controversial moral dilemmas faced in today’s society. Topics of study include the foundations of ethical thought and theories, the process of moral development, and how to identify typical fallacies in flawed moral arguments. Students will also be given the opportunity, both orally and in writing, to apply the skills they acquire to real-life moral dilemmas.

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Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Ethics
  2. Arguments and Argument Structures
  3. Evaluating Arguments
  4. Dissecting and Reconstructing Arguments
  5. Different Types of Ethical Theories
  6. Cultural and Moral Relativism
  7. Subjectivism
  8. Ethical and Psychological Egoism
  9. Utilitarianism
  10. Utilitarianism Criticism
  11. Kant’s Ethics
  12. Criticism of Kant’s Ethics
  1. Aristotle’s Ethics
  2. Aristotle and Weakness of Will
  3. Divine Command Theory
  4. Applied Ethical Issues
  5. Abortion Debate: Part 1 and 2
  6. Euthanasia and the Right to Die: Part 1 and 2
  7. Death Penalty: Part 1 and 2
  8. Drug Policy: Part 1 and 2
  9. Animal Rights: Part 1 and 2
  10. Marriage Rights
  11. War and Terrorism: Part 1 and 2
  12. Free Will and Determinism: Part 1 and 2