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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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This Introduction to Ethics course uses problem­-based learning that shows you how to apply your knowledge in real­-world situations. Our Many Ways™ learning model feature multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each concept so you can find a style that meshes with your individual learning preference. This rich, immersive experience helps you better understand and retain information, for an all­-around smarter way to learn.

In Sophia's Introduction to Ethics course, you will complete a series of assessments comprised of 12 Challenge assessments and 4 Milestone assessments tied to the following 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


52 Student Reviews
by Ethan R. on June 24, 2017
I did not like this course at all. It was a mix of liberal standards with a confusing presentation of materials with questions that were filled with double negatives. Very difficult to sit through.
Sophia replied on June 25, 2017

Hi Ethan - Congratulations on successfully completing the course. The topic of Ethics can be a challenging subject matter that may not align with one's own experience or thought processes. That said, we regret that you did not enjoy the course. We are glad to see you pass the course and earn the college credits. We look forward to seeing you in a future Sophia course.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Trudy S. on June 17, 2017
Good experience overall. Some areas were pretty difficult to understand.
Sophia replied on June 19, 2017

Hi Trudy - congratulations on your recent course completion. Remember that Sophia Learning Coaches are here to help with course content and related questions. This online course comes with free, supportive help from our team. We hope to see you in a future Sophia course. Thank you!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Tamara P. on June 14, 2017
Great Course!
by David A. on June 10, 2017
This course was tough but as expected.
Sophia replied on June 12, 2017

Hi David— Congratulations on your successful course completion! Yes, this is a challenging college-level course, so you should be proud of your accomplishment in earning these credits! We hope to see you in a future Sophia course.

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by David G. on June 1, 2017
The questions are so ambiguous, they took out each chapter written tutorial which is a bad thing. It makes it more feasible to help look for clarification of answers and the like.....They need to revamp the course and get better instructors....Horrible course
Sophia replied on June 2, 2017

Hi David -- We regret hearing that you did not enjoy this course. As always, our team is here to support you with course content-related questions. Our team is continually reviewing and enhancing our courses to ensure our students receive the best possible learning experience. We hope to see you again in a future course with us. Thank you.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Dawn C. on May 29, 2017
I found this course very interesting and provided me with information to have better conversations in life and understanding as to why I choose things in life the way I do.
by MELISSA J. on May 29, 2017
Love this type of learning it allowed me to do it faster so I could concentrate on my life.
by Stefanie M. on May 26, 2017
This was a very interesting course and the examples in each section are helpful for anyone who is unfamiliar with an Ethics course. This is an excellent elective to take, not too difficult or time consuming.


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