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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
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

1. Analyze the major ethical theories in the history of moral philosophy as put forward by philosophers in key ethical texts.

2. Apply ethical theories to current issues and real-life scenarios.

3. Create a framework for developing one’s own ethical and moral philosophy.

4. Critique the place of reason, emotion and physical action in moral philosophy.

5. Interpret philosophical texts and apply them to current events.

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 three Assignments which are due in Weeks 4, 7 and 8. You will also complete a paper Proposal for Week 4. This will be for your Final Paper due at the end of Week 7. You will also complete an Applying Ethical Theories Presentation (powerpoint) due in Week 8 at the end of the course. Instructions Assignment can be found within the Assignments area of the course.

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 %
Written Assignments 45.00 %
Week 4 - Proposal for final paper due Week 7 14.85 %
Week 7 - Final Paper 30.15 %
Presentation 15.00 %
Week 8 - Applying Ethical Theories Presentation 15.00 %

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

*These are open-source web resources so there is a possibility that there may be a few broken links in the texts. If you should you come across broken links to supplemental materials in this text, please contact your instructor for alternative resources if required.

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 and SEP are academically peer-reviewed online encylopedias, and can be cited as such, although the quality of the articles may vary.

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.