PHL 201 - Ethics

Course Description

Ethics is a thoughtful analysis of a variety of value systems found in societies today. It explores the nature and meaning of good and evil and how these concepts relate to concepts of right and wrong. Through the use of critical judgment and philosophical thought, the course explores ethical theories from classical to modern times and includes consideration of ethics that are part of Eastern philosophical traditions as well as sources from other non-traditional frameworks and paradigms. Group 1 course.

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Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies

Completion of ENG 11/111 or placement into ENG 111

General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Communications - Direct, Critical Thinking - Direct

Other college designations supported by this course

Degree Req:Cultural Persp/Div, Infused: Writing Intensive

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate historical and conceptual knowledge of Ethics as a branch of Philosophy.
  • Practice Philosophical Analysis and Inquiry in the area of Ethics.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Explain the connection philosophical ethical inquiry has with other areas of human endeavor and within its historical contexts.
  • Evaluate ethical issues within intra-cultural and global contexts.
Human Dimension:
  • Reflect on traditional philosophical and non-traditional ethical frameworks and paradigms.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Demonstrate open-mindedness by considering alternative historical and cultural ethical values and points of view.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Communicate as a philosopher.