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Syllabus for PHI­286 CONTEMPORARY ETHICS COURSE DESCRIPTION "The unexamined life is not worth living" [Socrates] . . . . Our purpose is not to make up anyone's mind but to open minds, and to make the agony of decision making so intense that you can escape only by thinking. Our part in that process, the production of the television programs and the writing of these texts, is now finished. (Fred Friendly, 1988) COURSE OBJECTIVES Contemporary Ethics seeks to accomplish the following objectives: to dramatize the anguish of choice and to emphasize the need to think through the painful choices of the moral life. After completing this course, you should be able to: 1. Distinguish between philosophical orientations such as the pursuit of virtue, obedience to God, the deontological tradition, and hedonism and utilitarianism. 2. Analyze ethical questions such as, What makes an act right? and What makes a human life good? 3. Apply ethical reasoning to issues involving such matters as justice, accountability, autonomy, loyalty, and privacy. COURSE MATERIALS You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct . Study Guide Ethics in America Study Guide, 2d ed., by Lisa H. Newton (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004) ISBN­10: 0­13­182626­3 Copyright © 2012 by Thomas Edison State College. All rights reserved.
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Reader Ethics in America Source Reader, 2d ed., by Lisa H. Newton (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004) ISBN­10: 0­13­182625­5 Video and Audio Programs Ethics in America (11 one­hour programs on 6 VHS tapes and 3 audio cassettes). Note: The audio and video programs are available via streaming technology through this course site. See the folders called Video Programs and Audio Programs located at the top of the course Web site. Within each folder will be the links for all audio and video programs for this course. COURSE STRUCTURE Contemporary Ethics is a three­credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules and covers thirteen study units (chapters) in the Ethics in America Study Guide . Modules include study materials, and activities. ASSESSMENT METHODS For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in four (4) online discussion forums, complete six (6) written assignments, a short online quiz in module 1 and two (2) online examinations­­a midterm and a final exam. For the both the midterm and final examinations you are required to use the College’s Online Proctor Service . Please refer to the " Examinations and Proctors " section of the Online Student Handbook (see the General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to make your scheduling arrangements for both exams within the first week of the semester. See below for more details.
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  • Fall '14
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