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Introduction to Ethics

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

3 semester credits

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Description

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This course uses problem-based learning to help you apply knowledge to real-life situations. By using relatable scenarios, you'll learn how to think critically about ethical and philosophical inquiry, explore your own belief system, and better understand the role of ethics in everyday life. This course uses our Many Ways learning model that features multiple teaching styles to support your unique learning preferences.

Overview
Explore philosophical approaches to real-world ethical issues, learn about major approaches to ethics, and analyze various modes of ethical points of view. Key topics include:

  • Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics
  • Divine Command Theory, Conventionalism, and Egoism
  • Utilitarianism and Kantian Deontology
  • Virtue-based Ethics and Evaluating Personal Beliefs

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You'll complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests), with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you'll know how to explain the goal of ethics, evaluate philosophical arguments, and understand key terminology. You'll be able to apply moral theories to real-world issues and interpret the role of bias in ethical decision-making.

For more course details and Learning Outcomes, download the syllabus.

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84 Student Reviews
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by Laura W. on October 17, 2017
I enjoyed the course and liked that we had more time for the final. not that I needed all that time but it took the edge off getting done on time. Please increase all the exams to 190.
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by Darrena S. on October 13, 2017
cool course
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by Lisa S. on October 9, 2017
This course is perfect for the self starter. It is surprisingly comprehensive for such a short course. Thank you Sophia for making intro to Ethics so concise and understandable.
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by Rocio S. on October 8, 2017
The material is easy to understand, it really expanded my knowledge of ethics.
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by Michelle G. on October 3, 2017
This course was definitely challenging but it had great material. You're allowed to use the tutorials in the verification exam which was a life saver. I really enjoyed the course overall!
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by Kristopher T. on October 2, 2017
I found that the instructors were clear and easy to understand. A number of the challenge questions were worded ambiguously though and so while I had a clear understanding of the material there was at least one question per milestone where I was forced to just either pick A or not-A and hope that the answer wasn't backward.
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by Weston F. on September 26, 2017
I really enjoyed the flow of this course. Majoring in Business Admin. Leadership, this course provided some great knowledge for critical thinking.
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by Brittany A. on September 24, 2017
These terms were very confusing but I studied very hard and I'm glad I passed.

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    A: You choose your own start date and have 60 days to complete each course. However, because the courses are self-paced, you can complete them in fewer than 60 days.
  • Q: Where do I get the textbooks for my course?
    A: You do not need any textbooks for Sophia courses. All material is taught by video and text-based tutorials that are in the course room, and are included in the cost.
  • Q: How am I graded in the course?
    A: Your overall score is derived from how you do on two types of assessments: Challenges, which are formative assessments, and Milestones, which are summative assessments. Sophia’s English Composition I, Foundations of English Composition, and Public Speaking courses also include written assignments, called Touchstones, that also contribute to your overall score.
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    A: Consult with your academic adviser at your university to determine specifically which Sophia courses could fit into your program. You can download the course syllabus directly from our site to share with your school advisor.

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