A philosophical examination of arguments for and against abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, pornography and censorship, nuclear deterrence and disarmament, environmental ethics, and other contemporary moral concerns.
Date First Offered:
Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 45
This course is offered online:
- Introduction to the Course
- Fundamental issues in Morality: Is Moral Relativism Correct?
- Fundamental Issues in Morality: Is Morality Need Religion?
- Gender, Sex, and Reproduction: Is Abortion Immoral?
- Gender, Sex, and Reproduction: Must Sex Involve Commitment?
- Law and Society: Should Drugs be Legalized?
- Law and Society: Is Gambling Immoral?
- Law and Society: Is Affirmative Action Fair?
- Law and Society: Should the Death Penalty be Abolished?
- Law and Society: Is Physical Assisted Suicide Wrong?
- Human Beings and Other Species: Does Morality Require Vegetarianism?
- Is it right to prohibit same-sex marriage?
- Should human cloning be banned?
This course is designed to assist students to first recognize, then surpass ordinary simplistic approaches to moral problems. Through dialectical discussion students will be able to identify and recognize various perspectives related to specific common moral dilemmas; discuss the chief moral theories used by ethicists; critically evaluate selected contemporary theories of moral concerns, and examine the logic of their moral reasoning and to express this in writing.
contemporary theories of morality and ethics
develop a more open and critical mind
Final Exam: 25 %
Midterm Exam: 20 %
Assignments: 35 %
Project: 10 %
Participation: 10 %
Number of Assignments:
Nature of Participation:
attending class, participating in class discussion, bringing information to class regarding topics to be discussed
One formal essay and one oral class presentation
Percentage of Individual Work:
Course Offered in Other Programs:
Certificate in Pre-Education, Social Sciences Certificate, Associate of Arts Degree - Fine Arts, Associate Arts Degree, Diploma in Criminology