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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Foundations of Moral Behavior I (Ethics 201)


Varies; self-study format.  

Various; distance learning format.

Version 1: October 2010 - February 2016. Version 2: March 2016 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: demonstrate in-depth understanding of Jewish ethics as presented in the Mishna of Pirkei Avos and its commentaries; explain how ethical behavior is derived from the words of the sages; analyze the axioms of the sages; explain underlying premises that build the foundation of the Jewish ethical system; identify the sources that the sages base their axioms; and apply those axioms to practical situations.


Version 1 and 2: The Ethics 201 final examination assesses students' knowledge of the major theories of Jewish ethical behavior, their sources, underlying premises; and how those theories are applied to Jewish law and practice. Specific topics include: free will and determinism; meaning of "good" and "evil"; morality and justice; moral sentiments and obligations towards God and others; individual responsibility; and other topics.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Ethics or Philosophy (2/11). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Ethics or Philosophy (3/16 revalidation) (8/21 revalidation).