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Philosophy 103: Ethics - Theory and Practice

Course Category: 

Varies; self-paced. 

Various; distance learning format.

March 2017 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: list elements that compose morality itself and recognize how these elements intersect to produce ethical and unethical worldviews; differentiate between ethical and moral concepts, including autonomy and paternalism, beneficence and non-maleficence, and obligations and prima facie; identify the origins of ethical theory and recognize the ways in which it has evolved from antiquity to the contemporary era; identify logical approaches to assessing social and personal ethical issues; recognize several major theories related to normative human interactions and behaviors; apply ethical theories and philosophies to medicine, the workplace, the environment, and social interactions.


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: basic theories of morality, basic concepts of morality, meta-ethics, issues in morality, social and personal ethical issues, ethical issues in health and medicine, professional and business ethics, ethics and the environment.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Philosophy (12/17) (10/22 revalidation).