Competencies: Ethics

Unit 1. Introductory Comments

General Outcome:

1.0 The students should be able to identify and discuss elements antecedent to the study of ethics.

Specific Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, the students should be able to:

  • 1.1 Distinguish ethics from other disciplines such as sociology and religion.
  • 1.2 Discuss problems of justification in ethics.

Unit 2. Theories of Ethics

General Outcome:

2.0 The students should be able to identify and discuss the major ethical theories.

Specific Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, the students should be able to reflectively and creatively discuss, differentiate, and define various ethical concepts and ethical theories in the history of philosophy including, but not limited to the following:

  • 2.1 Virtue ethical theories e.g., Plato and Aristotle.
  • 2.2 Consequentialist theories. 2.7 Divine-command theory 3.1.1 Abortion 3.3 The students should understand the application of ethical theories to real-world experiences.
  • 2.3 Ethical egoism.
  • 2.4 Utilitarianism.
  • 2.5 Various non-consequentialist ethical theories, e.g., Kant and Ross.
  • 2.6 Differentiate theories of meta-ethics, e.g., naturalism and non-naturalism.

Unit 3. Ethical Problems

General Outcome:

3.0 The students should be familiar with the problems of applying ethical theory to various problems.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, the students should be able to:

  • 3.1 Discuss the following:
    • 3.1.2 Capital punishment
    • 3.1.3 Euthanasia
    • 3.1.4 Suicide
    • 3.1.5 Other ethical problems
  • 3.2 Examine the importance of ethical behavior for the self and society.
  • 3.3 The students should understand the application of ethical theories to real-world experiences
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