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phil5w10syllabus - CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS Philosophy 5...

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C ONTEMPORARY M ORAL P ROBLEMS Philosophy 5, Winter 2010 Tu/Th 12:30-1:50, DBH 1100 Course Website: : https://eee.uci.edu/10w/30240 Instructor Teaching Assistants Bonnie Kent Forrest Fleming Michelle Monagin Email: [email protected] Casey Hall Richard Vulich Office: HOB2, Rm. 202 Peter Kirwan Office Hours: Tu/Th 2-3:00 Email addresses and office hours and by appointment are listed on the course website. This course provides an introduction to contemporary ethical theory, with close attention to four areas of continuing controversy: sexuality and marriage, affirmative action, economic justice, and war and terrorism. Objectives The course aims to help you: 1. Read more critically, identifying authors’ assumptions and assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their arguments 2. Write more clearly and persuasively, developing arguments of your own 3. Become more reflective about your own moral views Requirements The percentages below indicate the weight given to each requirement in calculating your final grade for the course: . T HREE 3-4 PAGE PAPERS (20% EACH ), 60%. Content. All papers should present and critically evaluate arguments in the assigned readings. No additional research is required. Deadlines. There are five parts to the course, beginning with “Ethical Theory.” The paper deadline for each part is given on the Schedule (below). Each of your three papers must relate to a different part of the course. You are free to choose which three of the five deadlines to meet. Lateness Penalty. Unless an extension has been granted in advance, the grade for a paper will be reduced one-third letter grade for every day that the paper is late. Papers seven days or more past the deadline will not be accepted. Plagiarism. The penalty for plagiarism is an F for the paper and additional reduction of one full letter grade in your final grade for the course. I N -C LASS C UMULATIVE F INAL E XAM , 30%. Questions on the exam will be taken from a list of study questions distributed on the last day of class. All of them are essay questions . P ARTICIPATION IN D ISCUSSION S ECTIONS , 10%. You must enroll in a discussion section to receive credit for the course. .
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Text : Hugh LaFollette, ed., Ethics in Practice, 3 rd ed. (Blackwell, 2007). All reading assignments not included in the textbook are available on the course website.
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