PHIL-139: Ethics

Liberal Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Emphasizes practical and normative ethical questions as well as analytical or metaethical questions. Provides a systematic examination of problems by covering various classical and contemporary theories which include standards of criteria of moral action, the nature and justification of moral judgments, the nature of ethical knowledge, the meaning of ethical terms, intelligent decision-making, and free will vs determinism.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

The goal of this course is to provide the student with the conceptual tools to be able to discuss and formulate ethical decisions covering the problems encountered in society, using criteria of critical thinking and objectivity.

Core Course Topics
  1. Philosophy
  2. Arguments
  3. Descriptive Ethics/Normative Ethics/Metaethics
  4. Ethical Theories
  5. Applications to Ethical Problems
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Define philosophy and its various branches.
  2. Identify and explain the differences between descriptive ethics, normative ethics, and metaethics.
  3. Identify, explain, and apply major ethical theories offered throughout the history of philosophy.
  4. Identify deficiencies in ethical theories based on critical thinking and argumentation.*
  5. Recognize ethically important components of contemporary moral issues.
  6. Discuss contemporary moral issues using major ethical theories offered throughout the history of philosophy.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor.


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2014
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
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