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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.


1503 Student Reviews
by Derek E. on January 23, 2020
Not my favorite class to take, but its a required course. That being said this is what you should do to pass. 1. Read everything, don't skim through. 2. Take notes, writing things down helps you remember better. 3. If it doesn't make sense after reading it the first time, read it again until it does. 4. They do not want you to know just the definition. They want you to know how to apply the context to scenarios. Good luck.
by Lanita R. on June 2, 2019
This course was super hard. I would suggest taking it through Capella University rather than Sophia. None of the questions matched with the lessons. If I could give it a zero stars, I would. I barely passed the class and I am a 4.0 GPA student! This class needs to be reviewed and redone by Sophia!
by Sheila J. on June 23, 2019
Of the 7 courses I have taken, I felt this one to be the most challenging to date. The material is short, but I found I needed to read and read again to gain understanding of the material, which is not typical for me. Finished each unit with reading material in about 3.5 hours each.
by Ashley T. on October 12, 2019
I barely passed because I rushed through this course. So, I advise against doing so! This class is was a bit difficult because I didn't take notes, and relied on memory, which will not get you through this course! There are many terms and theories that can be easily confused. Take notes!
by Mark G. on June 13, 2019
The material was fine, but the questions in the Milestones were intentionally ambiguous. The answers offered for these questions were vaguely written to feed into the ambiguity of the questions, which allows the reader to infer an incredible amount of difference in what was asked and what is meant to be asked. The questions need revamped and a difference between exactly what is being asked and what the answers are referring to will be essential.
by Ronald U. on June 3, 2019
I would not recommend this course to anyone. Like others have said the questions are very poorly worded and confusing. Some were double or even triple negatives, misleading, and even grammatically incorrect. Find another avenue to fulfill this requirement.
Sophia replied on June 4, 2019

Ronald, Congratulations on your successful, and rapid, course completion. We do appreciate your feedback provided throughout the course. We hope you will find your next Sophia course more satisfactory. Thank you.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Javon W. on June 8, 2020
I appreciate a demanding curriculum but I found this course to be unnecessarily difficult due to poor question wording and an overall lack of explanation. The questions in the challenges and milestones often seemed to be extremely ambiguous, making it extremely difficult to comprehend what was being asked. Also, the lack of explanations for why certain answers were correct (that have been present in the challenges and practice milestones in every other Sophia course I've taken) only made the process more frustrating. Being told an answer is wrong but not being explained why insulates that I should know the material before I've grasped it.
by Aaron B. on March 28, 2019
Very difficult course, but it was very insightful. I have read many books on Philosophy and took some College classes on it, and I must say this goes a little further than an introduction should. My only other problems with it is that some are REQUIRED video lessons, and they use trick questions to throw you off. (If Glen is reading this, know that I do not like you.)
Sophia replied on March 29, 2019

We take feedback seriously and appreciate your review! Tutorials are provided for support only - they are never required. That's the beauty of competency-based education! Someone like you, with prior learning knowledge, can tackle assessment questions without spending unnecessary time on tutorials. We understand that not all tutorial authors will be a favorite! That's why we design our courses with Many Ways to Learn accompanied with a tool that allows you to select your favorite instructor (so your preferred approach to learning is always front and center). Instructors are as unique as our learners; our hope is that you find an instructor that works best for you! Thank you Aaron for helping us be better. Happy learning!

— Kelly N. | Sophia Learning Coach


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