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PHIL200 - Introduction to Ethics

Course Details

Course Code: PHIL200 Course ID: 3037 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will examine the field of ethics and provide the tools for ethical decision-making. Students will analyze texts for meaning, apply theories learned to various areas of moral concern, such as war, euthanasia, divorce, and poverty. The course will also provide an overview of how philosophers have thought about moral problems and some of the solutions they have proposed. Students will develop the ability to think about moral problems in a clear and logically consistent manner.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
• Examine the major ethical theories in the history of ethical and moral philosophy.
• Analyze ethical arguments and they are put forward by philosophers in key ethical texts.
• Apply ethical theories and critical thinking to current ethical issues and topics such as the following: abortion, euthanasia, poverty, terrorism, affirmative action, animal rights, and civil disobedience.
• Interpret and remember the meaning of specific ethical terminology and to use ethical terms appropriately.
• Develop the ability to apply ethical thinking in personal real life situations
• Create a framework to develop one’s own ethical and moral philosophy.
• Analyze your own understanding of the concept of rationality and the views on the debates surrounding it.
• Articulate and defend this understanding with rigor and clarity.
• Skillfully interpret philosophical texts, critical reasoning, and written and oral expression.

Forum Posts

Please join the forums each week during the course. Forums are a critical component of Ethics. Your weekly Forum requirement includes an initial response to a question related to your choice of either one of 2 topics discussed that week. You will post an initial response consisting of a minimum of 250 words, and a reply to another learner's post that is a minimum of 100 words. Your reply should be addressed to a learner who has responded to the alternate topic for the week.


This course requires you to complete a total of 3 Short-Essay Assignments which are due in Weeks 2, 4, and 6. You will also complete an Applying Ethical Theories Presentation due in Week 8. Instructions for each Short-Essay Assignment and the Applying Ethical Theories Assignment can be found within the Assignments area of the course.

I suggest not waiting until the week of to begin working on your assignments, but to take full advantage of the time in between when they are due. Doing this will ensure preparation and allow time to ask for clarification for anything you may not understand. Please message me with any questions you may have concerning the Essay assignments.

Each assignment is worth a significant percentage of your grade so it’s important that you spend an adequate amount of time answering them thoroughly. Each assignment is due by 11:55 p.m., ET, Sunday of the week assigned.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Short-Essay Assignments 45.00 %
Week 2 - Short-Essay Assignment 1 15.00 %
Week 4 - Short-Essay Assignment 2 15.00 %
Week 6 - Short-Essay Assignment 3 15.00 %
Presentation 15.00 %
Week 8 - Applying Ethical Theories Presentation 15.00 %

Ethics, An Online Textbook
Stephen O' Sullivan and Philip A. Pecorino

*Please note, should you come across broken links to supplemental materials in this text, please contact me immediately, and I will be happy to provide you with more resources for your understanding.

Introduction to Ethical Studies
Lee Archie and John G. Archie

If you encounter difficulties viewing the e-book, please visit the HELP/FAQs section of the Online Library. If you still have questions, please contact for assistance.

In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.
(The IEP is sometimes good and sometimes not. The SEP is of a high quality yet it can be a bit confusing. So in all cases, proceed with caution.)

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Book Title:Various resources from the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.