PHIL1320 Ethics

Course Description

Meets Mn Transfer Curriculum Goal Areas 6 and 9 - Humanities and Ethical & Civic Responsibility. This course explores the philosophical conceptions of morality, justice and value. It addresses questions such as: how do we make ethical decisions? Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? Do the values we hold apply only to us as individuals, to us as part of a culture, or do they apply to all humans in all places and at all times? What is the just distribution of resources in a multicultural society? Through an examination of major ethical theories, both contemporary and classical, this course reveals the relationship between ethical theory and ethical practice, particularly as it relates to contemporary issues such as the death penalty, poverty, and war. Emphasis is also given to a variety of medical-related issues such as patient-provider interactions, end-of-life decisions, and individual obligations in the workplace.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Summarize a diverse range of philosophical thought in ethics.
  • Demonstrate individual investigations into the basis of human moral values.
  • Explain their ethical views.
  • Apply core theoretical concepts in ethics to specific issues.
  • Analyze the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and scientific issues.
  • Apply conceptions of morality as they are manifested in the health care environment.
  • Articulate ethical arguments, including those contrary to their personal views.
  • Distinguish between logically supported ethical judgment and popular conceptions of morality.


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other