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PHI 115 ETHICS AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

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    Feb 15, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend this course because it teaches you a lot about ethical thinking and decision making in the real world.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course were the readings. They were very interesting and tough to read throughout.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    You need to keep up with the readings and try to reflect off of each reading for yourself.

    • Spring 2017
    • Elizabeth Foreman
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments Great Discussions
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    Jan 22, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would certainly recommend this course because any student is certain to get a lot of ethical knowledge from this class. It is taught in a way that doesn't make you worry if there will be new content on the tests, and each day before a test there is a thorough review of what was taught in the unit. Overall, the lessons learned in this class are memorable, and it certainly encourages critical thinking.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about multiple ethical frameworks that are commonly used even in modern society. This way, I learned how to apply ethical thinking to real life and to perhaps rethink how I judge what is right and wrong.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Anyone considering this course should certainly be prepared to take detailed notes, but also in an organized way. It is essential to study before every test, even if you're the type of student who doesn't usually do so. Really, just allow yourself to become interested in ethics, because if you're interested, it will be easier to remember all of the content you need to succeed in the class and to just go to class and enjoy it.

    • Fall 2016
    • Alex Pinnon
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Dec 26, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    As biased as I might be toward my major studies, ethics is one of the most relevant fields of philosophical study for non-major students. While challenging and containing far from easily-accessible writing from authors the likes of Kant and Nietzsche, the content is applicable to and provides a rare constant in our changing society.

    Course highlights:

    In this course, we studied Plato, Nietzsche, Kant, Mill, Bentham, and other, lesser-known philosophers. We studied and discussed the implications on their various theories and descriptions of the good life and how one ought to act. We discussed moral nihilism and error theory (both under the umbrella of skepticism), relativism, consequentialism (specifically Mill and Bentham's formulations), Kantian deontology, feminist theories of ethics, and will to power.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    The classic "two hours studying for every hour of class time" is particularly helpful in a course like philosophy, where, even for talented readers, the material is difficult to sift through in one quick reading session. Reading the material multiple times is exceptionally helpful. Taking notes in a software program, such as OneNote, is also valuable and easy. For the overachiever, go online and read about the history behind whatever philosopher one might be studying. Their theories often are implicated by their experiences, and become more understandable as you understand the writer to a greater degree.

    • Fall 2016
    • RalphE.Shain
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