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Philosophy 102: Ethics in America


Varies; self-paced. 

Various; distance learning format.

September 2017 - December 2022. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define morality, recognize basic principles of morality, and identify approaches to the study of morality; recognize theories of moral development and moral belief systems; identify the origins of legal, moral, and ethical approaches in America and Western traditions; differentiate consequentialist and non-consequentialist views of morality; list major moral questions related to life and death; apply various moral and ethical paradigms to issues surrounding sexuality and interpersonal relations; recognize the role and application of morals and ethics in business, politics, medicine, and the justice system in the United States; identify categories of human rights and moral and ethical issues associated with humanitarian intervention; list the ways in which humans impact the environment and summarize the moral responsibility of humans to rectify the damage.


The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: introduction to the study of morality, moral belief systems overview, ancient Greek views on ethics and morality, morality in Western religion, natural and moral law theories, consequentialist and non-consequentialist philosophies, ethical issues in life and death, economic inequality and morality, philosophical theories behind the justice system, moral and ethical issues in peacetime vs. war, human rights ethics and morals, ethical issues in relationships and sexuality, bioethics impact on medicine and morality, ethics and morality in business, the environment and ethics.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Philosophy (12/17).