AP/PHIL2070 3.0 A: Introduction to Ethics
Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite
A basic introduction both to the major ethical theories in Western thought and to some basic metaethical questions concerning the possibility of moral truth. Course credit exclusion: AP/MODR 1760 6.00.
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How do we live more ethical lives? This course will use philosophical theory to help us answer this question. First, we will look at how ethical reasoning works and try to find the best ethical principles to reason from. We will then consider whether this is all just ‘subjective’ or whether there is a more plausible objective basis for ethics. And finally we will apply our results to some pressing ethical problems. In short, we will ask ‘what is ethics, where does it come from, and how can it practically guide us?’.
Shafer-Landau, R. The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Moral Problems, 4th Edition
Peer-reviewed Writing Assignments 10%
Pro/Con (600 words) 15%
Applied Essay (1200 words) 18%
Theory Essay (1200 words) 22%
Final Exam 25%
Participation Ongoing 10%
Lecture & Tutorials
Students will be challenged to seriously consider which answers to these questions are the most rationally persuasive. This will involve learning and employing the fundamental tools of philosophy—namely, thoughtful and attentive reading, critical analysis and thinking, and precise and clear writing. Students will be expected to have a good grasp of the positions and arguments for them, and be able to employ the above tools in demonstrating that grasp.
- Academic Honesty
- Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Religious Observance
- Grading Scheme and Feedback
- 20% Rule
No examinations or tests collectively worth more than 20% of the final grade in a course will be given during the final 14 calendar days of classes in a term. The exceptions to the rule are classes which regularly meet Friday evenings or on Saturday and/or Sunday at any time, and courses offered in the compressed summer terms.
- Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities