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Introduction to Ethics

Sophia's Introduction to Ethics course explores philosophical approaches to understanding morality and evaluating moral actions. In this course, you will learn about a variety of normative ethical theories, and apply these theories to real world ethical issues. With an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of major approaches to ethics, you will build the critical thinking skills necessary to justify ethical positions. Full Description

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and articulate the goals of ethics as a discipline
  • Analyze and evaluate philosophical arguments
  • Define, describe, and apply key terminology in moral theory 
  • Articulate the essential features and commitments of major approaches to ethics
  • Identify and articulate the strengths and weaknesses of major approaches to ethics 
  • Apply a variety of moral theories to evaluate real-life situations and actions
  • Recognize the sources and effect of bias in ethical decision making
  • Analyze ethical considerations for contemporary ethical issues

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6 Student Reviews
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by cindy c. on January 15, 2017
This class was very interesting and the instructors made it easier to understand certain concepts. Not an easy class but well worth it!
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by Michelle J. on January 13, 2017
Awesome!!
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by KELSEY B. on January 10, 2017
I am only giving this class two stars because personally I had a hard time understanding the concepts. Sophia learning coaches were there to help me every step of the way though!
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by Ashley P. on January 4, 2017
Megan was great and made the material easier to comprehend.
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by sean k. on January 2, 2017
Most of the information was pretty straight forward, which I like. It gets a little confusing at some points, given the main ethical stance followed by the various subcategories. But over all this is a class I would recommend for the basics of ethics.
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by Andrew R. on December 27, 2016
Good information

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