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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

3 semester credits

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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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17 Student Reviews
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by leila r. on February 20, 2017
Enjoyed the course. I read most of the tutorials even though there was some good videos.
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by Christine O. on February 10, 2017
A lot of terms; difficult
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by Breda M. on February 10, 2017
interesting.
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by trina b. on February 8, 2017
This the fourth class that I have taken with Sophia and I wish all of my classes were like this. It makes learning fun.
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by Collin B. on February 7, 2017
So insightful!!!
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by Dana P. on February 4, 2017
This course was very challenging! I am so glad I took it.
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by Cristie L. on February 4, 2017
This was an great introduction in Ethics; although I felt like it was more comprehensive. Thank you to all the learning coaches for their assistance. It was greatly appreciated!
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by Lillian B. on February 3, 2017
I enjoyed the course and the self set pace. My only problem was with the proctored ID Verification Milestone. I was reviewing text for a specific answer and the proctor refresh the video and took over control of my mouse in the middle of the exam. This was very distracting. Otherwise, I look forward to my next course with Sophia.org.

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