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12-week Ethics syllabus S12 (2)

12-week Ethics syllabus S12 (2) - AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE...

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AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE ETHICS: PHIL 2306 Spring 2012 Sections #44652: Distance Learning INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION: Instructor: Dr. Sherry Blum Office Hours: PIN 807 (223-8086) Tuesday 9:25-10:25am Appointments for additional times may be made by phone or e-mail. I will also hold group office hour help sessions in person or on-line by request of two or more students at times of mutual convenience. Voice Mail: 223-8086 E-mail: [email protected] Home Phone: 288-1128 (Call between 9am and 9pm, except Saturday) Course Description Students will be introduced to the principles of morality through a critical examination of various ethical theories and their application to contemporary moral problems. (From the ACC Catalogue.) Course Eligibility There are no course prerequisites for Ethics. A passing score or the equivalent on the reading and writing portions of the TAAS is required.Students must also be comfortable using the internet and email. COURSE MATERIALS : Exploring Ethics: An Introductory Anthology (2 nd edition), edited by Steven M. Cahn. (Oxford University Press, 2011). ISBN: 978-0-19-075751-0. INSTRUCTIONAL METHODOLOGY This is a distance learning course, in which all instruction is on-line. The pedagogical goals for the course will be pursued primarily through reading, writing, and discussion. Departmental Course Objectives 1. Students will become acquainted with the philosophical discipline of Ethics, including several philosophically significant ethical theories. 2. Students will learn how to apply such theories to contemporary moral problems. 3. Students will (further) develop their fundamental philosophical skills of critical reading, thinking, and writing, and learn how to apply these skills within the field of Ethics. COURSE WEBSITE Once you have logged into Blackboard, you will see a welcome announcement that will also direct you to our Blackboard orientation. I will not grade any work for this class until you have completed this orientation. Course information will also be posted there, including a copy of our syllabus. No amount of sharing ideas about the course material or exam questions constitutes academic dishonesty provided that you give credit to your source (even when the source is a classmate). Extensive sharing of your ideas will help you all to succeed in the course. I have also set up a discussion forum entitled The Social Hall because it’s nice to get to know one another a bit and to have an easy forum for communicating about issues not directly related to the course content. COURSE WORK/GRADING: Online Discussion (14 points per week) 178 points Quizzes (25 points per week) 300 points Three Essays (160 points each) 480 points (All three essays must be completed to pass course. ) Instructor Contact (7 points per contact, max 6) 42 points Total points possible : 1000 Grading Scale: 800-1000 points = A, 600-799 points = B, 400-599 points = C, 200-399 points = D, <200 points = F
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Online Discussion : Each week there will be two on-line discussion periods per week, one to be done by Thursday morning, and the other to be completed by the next Sunday at noon. For each of these discussion periods, you will be asked to make approximately seven posts, and you will be eligible for up to
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