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PHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics

Course Description

This course is an introduction to major ethical problems and theories. The course examines topics such as human nature, conflicting views of moral goodness, and the relationship between religion and morality, with an emphasis on better understanding sources of moral disagreement. The ethical theories reviewed in the course include deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics, and the ethics of care. These ethical theories are applied to present-day issues. Potential issues discussed in the course include environmental ethics, biomedical ethics, animal rights, the ethics of eating, the ethics of technology, and human enhancement.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Grade Option (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass)
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements:Area C2
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area C2), UC (IGETC Area 3B)
C-ID: PHIL 120