Course Summary
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9 weeks (16 hours a week of inside and outside class time)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 ethics


The course objective is to provide knowledge on the theories and concepts of ethics and to apply ethical theory, concepts, knowledge and skill to a variety of situations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and distinguish among basic concepts such as justice, rights, values, goods, duties, obligations, morals, and autonomy
  • Identify and distinguish among metaethical concepts
  • Identify and distinguish among principles of moral deliberation
  • Identify the key attributes, strengths, and weaknesses associated with ethical theories such as natural law, the social contact, deontology, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, egoism, intuitionism, feminism, and existentialism
  • Examine a case study involving social and personal issues, professional and business issues, medical issues, or environmental issues, demonstrate the ability to a. Identify applications of ethical theories b. Evaluate a person’s course of action based on her or his ethical principles and knowledge base c. Recognize similarities and differences among moral arguments d. Identify common logical fallacies in a moral argument e. Evaluate judgements in terms of the basic concepts

General Course Topics:

  • Foundational concepts and theories in the study of ethics part I
  • Foundational concepts and theories in the study of ethics part II
  • Metaethics and moral deliberation
  • Advanced theories and concepts
  • Environmental ethics
  • Professional & business issues
  • Social & personal issues and medical ethics
  • Eastern and non-western ethics
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Discussion
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

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