Course Summary
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12 -- 15 weeks (109 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Ethics


The course objective is to present several ethical theories and explores contextual issues. Students are asked to examine ethical theories; moral assumptions and moral principles; apply ethical theories to moral problems; construct a moral system utilizing a theoretical framework; and apply the system to contemporary moral issues.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to summarize contextual factors associated with the study of morality
  • Compare consequentialist approaches to resolving an ethical problem
  • Compare the principles associated with consequentialist and nonconsequentialist approaches
  • Explain the moral framework of virtue ethics
  • Appraise alternative moral theories
  • Compare the ethical issues presented by absolutism and relativism
  • Compare the ethical issues associated with reward and punishment
  • And apply a moral system to a position on a contemporary moral issue
  • Compare act nonconsequentialist approaches to act utilitarianism and use them to resolve a moral problem
  • Compare the ethical issues associated with freedom and determinism
  • Appraise the requirements for establishing a moral system
  • Construct a personal moral system

General Course Topics:

  • The context of morality
  • Consequentialist ethical theories
  • Act nonconsequentialist theory
  • Rule nonconsequentialist theories
  • Virtue ethics
  • Alternative moral theories
  • Absolutism, relativism, and truth
  • Freedom and determinism
  • Reward and punishment
  • Evaluating an ethical system
  • Constructing a personal moral system
  • Applying ethical systems
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Learner Presentations

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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