Must Meet Deadlines for Any Credit- No late work will be accepted Required Texts: The Fundamentals of Ethics by Russ Shafer Landau APA The Easy Way by Peggy Houghton & Timothy Houghton Review PowerPoint’s: Blackboard Read Ahead and view Bb Powerpoints to help with writing future discussions and papers. Any ethical theories can be used throughout your discussions and papers. You are not limited to the weekly readings in your papers and 1 st discussion. However, your book discussions are directly related to your weekly readings. Review Examples and Rubric tabs to help you maximize points for each discussion. The point of each discussion is to APPLY ethical theory, not discuss the topic of GMO’s, water rights, etc. Your quotes MUST be on ethical theories , NOT the agricultural topic being analyzed. Course Schedule: Every week, you will be assigned reading in the textbook, Powerpoint to review and video clip(s) to watch. Every Saturday, your 1 st discussion is due and every Sunday, your 2 nd discussion is due. You MUST submit your assignments on-time in the Discussion Drop Box through turnitin.com. Similarly, your papers are also submitted through turnitin.com on the Paper Drop Box. Continued……
WEEK 1 (3/28/16-4/3/16) All your weekly discussions need to bring in ethical theory while discussing the video and book. The main point is to apply ethical theories , NOT merely discuss the ag topic. This first week, you are completing 2 book discussions and NO video discussions. Read: Chapter 1 – Hedonism: Its Powerful Appeal Chapter 2 – Is Happiness All That Matters? Chapter 3 – Getting What You Want What is Ethics.pdf (Bb Powerpoint & Course Documents, Week1) Powerpoint in Bb- 1a and 2a (Note: Paper #1 Assignment is last slide on 1a) DUE: April 2 nd by 7:00pm post on Discussion Drop Box Book #1 Discussion (You may pick 1 or as many as you like, follow RUBRIC): Explain the difference between intrinsic value and instrumental value, and give examples of things you take to be valuable in each way. Next, define hedonism. What does the hedonist claim is intrinsically valuable, and what does she claim is instrumentally valuable? Hedonists distinguish between two types of pleasure. Explain this distinction and give examples of each type of pleasure. Which type of pleasure do hedonists claim is more important? Why do you think they say this? Do you agree with this claim? Suppose you had the opportunity to have someone else make all of your decisions for you for the rest of your life. Suppose further that this person knows you so incredibly well that her decisions are guaranteed to make you happier in the long term than you would be if you made your own decisions. Would you accept such an arrangement? Why or why not? What does this case tell us about the plausibility of hedonism?
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