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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 103 (GH) Introduction to Ethics (3) Ethical theory about virtue, duty, autonomy, and life quality applied to moral problems, including character, violence, oppression, abortion, and suicide.

PHIL 103 Introduction to Ethics (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course, as with other 100-level philosophy department courses, is intended for Liberal Arts majors and others likely to take philosophy courses rather than for philosophy majors. (The analogous course for majors is PHIL 418: Ethics.) PHIL 103 introduces students to the major aspects of ethics: the natures of ethical reasoning, the major ethical traditions and their similarities and contrasts, as well as enduring ethical issues that link theory to practice in critical ways. This is an introductory course and addresses issues that any student, no matter what major, will face. Students will be graded on quizzes, re-writing and expanding quizzes, a collaborative project, and a comprehensive final exam. PHIL 103 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill major and/or minor requirements in philosophy. This course is offered once a year with an enrollment of 25-50 students.

General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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