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Course Description

This introductory level course presents 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.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Summarize contextual factors associated with the study of morality
  • Compare consequentialist approaches to resolving an ethical problem
  • Compare act nonconsequentialist approaches to act utilitarianism and use them to resolve a moral 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 freedom and determinism
  • Compare the ethical issues associated with reward and punishment
  • Appraise the requirements for establishing a moral system
  • Construct a personal moral system
  • Apply a moral system to a position on a contemporary moral issue

Course Materials

Ethics: Theory and Practice Book Cover
Title: Ethics: Theory and Practice
Edition: 11e Updated Edition
Author: Thiroux & Krasemann
ISBN: 9780133804058