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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

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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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212 Student Reviews
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by Tina S. on March 19, 2019
Very interesting content, which was both challenging and thought-provoking. I enjoyed taking this course and learning about ethics!
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by Timothy B. on March 16, 2019
I learned a lot about ethics that I did not know before. It was fun and informative.
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by Brianna G. on March 15, 2019
This was a good course and I learned a lot. There were however, several questions that I felt were worded in a confusing way - feeling like there were multiple right answers. Some units were easier than others.
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by Cleophus B. on March 13, 2019
This course gave really good information and i loved that it was straight to the point. Gained a lot of knowledge.
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by Elizabeth F. on March 13, 2019
Overall the course was alright. However, unit 3 was a struggle for me, especially the milestone because some of the questions on the milestone were ambiguous. Some of the questions seemed as though two of the answers could be correct. I also do not believe everything that was included in the milestone, was included in the tutorials. I ended with an 88% because of how poorly I did on unit 3. However at my university I have a 4.0.
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by Ray P. on March 4, 2019
Tougher course than I expected, but overall, very informative. I would have appreciated some type of “flowchart” to help in evaluating an argument.
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by Adam M. on February 15, 2019
Really enjoyed this course. Right up my alley!
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by Melissa P. on February 14, 2019
Great course, I definitely recommend taking it. I was able to finish fairly quickly.

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