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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: PHIL 330
Course Title: Ethics
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An examination of the foundations of moral philosophy and a careful study of the three main ethical theories, i.e., consequentialism, deontology, and virtue theory.  

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Nicomachean Ethics
By Aristotle
Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
By I. Kant
By J.S. Mill
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Student critically evaluates philosophical arguments from moral philosophy for soundness and validity
  2. Student formulates sound and valid philosophical arguments dealing with moral philosophy
  3.  Student critically analyzes philosophical arguments, issues, and problems from moral philosophy
  4. Student draws upon a broad familiarity and understanding of the literature of moral philosophy in order to pose compelling philosophical questions.
  5. Student cogently expresses both philosophical problems found in moral philosophy and plausible solutions to those problems in accord with best philosophical practices
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:

Virtue Theory


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Mark Price Date: December 6, 2017
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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