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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Social Ethics (SOC-104)


Varies (self-study; self-paced). 

Various; distance learning format.

August 2018 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: identify and describe the classic and current theories of ethics; construct an ethical system; apply ethical approaches to various scenarios and moral dilemmas; identify major issues in environmental, business, medicine, and media ethics; describe the main issues surrounding the ethics of taking human life in specific circumstances such as suicide or euthanasia; discuss key ethical arguments in the controversy over abortion rights; present various approaches to the morality of lying, cheating, stealing, and sexual promiscuity; and look at ethical dilemmas in the news through the lens of various ethical approaches.


This course discusses the theory and practice of ethics from the basics of the nature of morality and the classic and more recent theories of morality to their applications in current issues of controversy.  Major topics include: procedure for setting up a moral system, ethical issues related to the value of human life, where questions arise in matters such as abortion, suicide, and mercy death. Additional topics include: ethical issues in medicine, business, media, and environment by examining the moral dilemmas as well as the status of major questions in current dialogue and law.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Sociology or Ethics (8/18) (5/23 revalidation).