AP/MODR1760 6.0 B: Reasoning About Morality and Values

Offered by: MODR


Summer 2019






Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite

This is a skills-based course focusing on critical thinking, critical writing, and logical and linguistic analysis. The course uses examples drawn from areas in the humanities where value judgements are made. Different sections will stress different topics in ethics, aesthetics, religion or law. Course credit exclusions: AP/MODR 1730 6.00, AP/MODR 1770 6.00.

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    Additional Course Instructor/Contact Details

Phillip MacEwen


Office Location:  MC 231

Phone Number:  (416) 736-2100 Ext. 77483

Office Hours:  Tuesday & Thursday 2:30 – 3:30

    Expanded Course Description

These courses introduce students to a variety of critical skills and then use these skills to address a variety of social issues and issues about morality and values.

    Required Course Text / Readings

1) Jean Saindon  and Peter John Krek, “Critical Thinking: Argument and Argumentation,” 2nd ed., Toronto: Nelson, 2014, ISBN 978-0-17-666100-7;

2) Course Kit, MODR 1730C/1760B

    Weighting of Course

three tests

two essays

a final exam.

All assignments are worth 20% of the final grade. Students get the higher grade of tests 1 and 2, provided they complete both.

    Organization of the Course

Two thirds of the course is devoted to studying critical skills and the last third to using them to address a variety of social issues and issues about morality and values.

    Course Learning Objectives

1) To help students develop their reasoning skills as a means of


2) helping them  think critically about major social issues and issues about morality and values.

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