Course Objectives

PHL 225: Ethics

Narrative

The principal aim of this course is to afford the student introductory exposure to classic and contemporary philosophical positions and thinkers in moral philosophy. Together as colleagues we will investigate diverse accounts of moral value and its sources, and the importance of clear and careful moral thinking to a refined sense of justice. A student who successfully completes the course requirements will thus achieve broad familiarity with a wide range of concepts and theoretical frameworks for understanding and discussing moral issues.

Possession of a rich conceptual framework for thinking about moral issues is essential for for understanding, articulating, reflecting on, and critically appraising one’s own moral values. It is also essential for the larger task of understanding, reflecting, and critically appraising the values of one’s social and political context. Leadership especially requires genuine moral clarity, and an ability to engage with the moral values of others in a thoughtful and respectful way. Thus those who would be leaders in any context must be able to demonstrate clear moral thinking and to communicate their thinking to others in a context of diverse moral understandings and positions. Hence the second objective of this course is the cultivation a more refined understanding of moral value in general, both for purposes of self-refection and for purposes of social engagement.



Institutional Learning Outcomes

The successful student in this course:

1. Will use effective written, oral, visual, and artistic expression to communicate and collaborate with others. (Communicate Effectively).

This outcome is measured as a component of daily Participation, performance on Assignments, and by performance in class Debates

2. Will use both intellectually disciplined and innovative strategies to collect and assess information and form judgments as a guide to belief and action. (Think Critically and Creatively)

This outcome is also measured as a component of daily Participation, performance on Assignments, performance on Group Work and by performance in class Debates

3. Will be able to facilitate and sustain ethical actions that promote social justice, equity, and human rights. (Promote Social Justice)

This outcome is measured using performance in class Debates and on the Special Assignment On Cities And Moral Philosophy.

4. Will demonstrate the knowledge, awareness, abilities, and courage to work with others in ways that produce affirmative social change, especially within urban communities. (Effective Leadership)

This outcome is measured using performance in class Debates and on the Special Assignment On Cities And Moral Philosophy.

Disclaimer: The professor will, of course, endeavor to help students achieve these outcomes, but real learning requires substantial effort on the part of the student. Students should therefore not expect to achieve these outcomes without engaging in the sustained, conscientious study and actual work necessary to complete all the class requirements at an adequate or better level and to observe all course policies.

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