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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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Category: Humanities

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Introduction to Ethics

Course Description
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.

Assessments & Grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 11 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • 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

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

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by Bea Mikaela B. on December 2, 2020
I would highly recommend this course! The instructors were very enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable, especially Mr. Glenn! He made ethics and philosophy easier and engaging, unlike similar classes I took in the past that were straight-up boring. As for the course and the material itself, maybe it's possible to offer more examples and scenarios with the different ethical theories, some of them were pretty abstract and harder to understand the first time. Quick tip: never brush off the practice milestones for they are your lifesavers. Probably answered them more than necessary, but it really helped a lot in this course.
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by Meghan W. on December 1, 2020
Some of the final milestone answers could be argued
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by LaDeria M. on December 1, 2020
This class was difficult and I am thankful I passed !!!
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by Patrick E. on December 1, 2020
Great class.
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by James J. on December 1, 2020
This was a great course. Informative, yet challenging!
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by Michael C. on December 1, 2020
Some parts were easy to grasp but others I was unable to comprehend. I primarily used John as my instructor and the audible reading along with the text made it easy for me to understand the literature.
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by Angeline D. on November 30, 2020
not hard, enjoy it !
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by kristen j. on November 30, 2020
harder than expected but very informative.

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