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PHIL 1003 Ethics and Society

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    Mar 02, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I found the course very interesting, and the professor really challenges his students to think outside the box.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about other peoples views on ethics.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Attend the review days before the exam.

    • Fall 2014
    • Shane Courtland
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Jan 31, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Abandon all hubris, ye who enter here. This is a discussion-based class where survival is guaranteed so long as you pay attention, but an A is earned only through a solid understanding of the material and the willingness to put your cognitive abilities to the test. The professor will make sure you understand even the most esoteric of topics, but he will also ensure that you know exactly what you do and do not know. The casual student will likely find this annoying. The ambitious and argumentative student will be enthralled by the challenge.

    Course highlights:

    You will go through the standard schools of thought applicable to ethics, including utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, egoism, social contrarianism, and so on. There is usually a weekly reading of 10-20 pages directly from the original philosophers that is gone over in class, followed by a period of open discussion heavy on thought experiments. A few special contemporary topics are covered that are hand-selected to cause the most moral outrage amongst students and encourage them to participate in the debate and explain WHY they believe what they do.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do the readings. Participate in the discussion portion, even if it means getting shredded by the professor on a weekly basis. Go to the study sessions before each exam, and you'll be golden.

    • Spring 2016
    • Shane Courtland
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Oct 26, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Sean's lectures were very insightful and informational. He really knows what he is talking about and tries to make it as easy as possible to understand. This course talked a lot about what other people think is ethical and unethical according to their society. There are no right or wrong answers with your opinion, but there is depending on what others thought.

    Course highlights:

    Sean teaches in a very classical way, pen and paper with no laptops open. The lectures are long, but very interesting. I was able to learn about what others did in their societies and what their thoughts were on war, abortion, etc.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    The tests are True/False and multiple choices. You have to really understand the definitions and concepts in order to depict the difference.

    • Fall 2015
    • sean walsh
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Lots of Writing Great Discussions


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