PHI 226 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts, Science, Business transfer programs


Course Number and Title:           PHI 226, Social Ethics


Credit Hours:           3          Hours/Wk Lecture:             Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:         Provides a critical examination of moral problems and studies the application of ethical concepts and principles to decision-making.  Topics may include abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, man and the state, sexuality, war and peace, and selected issues of personal concern.  Lecture 3 hours per week. 


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 

This is a transfer level course intended for sophomores wishing to transfer to bachelors degree programs.


III.           Required background: 

ENG 111


IV.          Course Content:

A.               Review of Moral Theories: Eudemonism, Utilitarianism, Dermatological Theories, Contract Theories, Relativism

B.               Moral Reasoning and the Fact/Valve Distinction

C.               Abortion

D.               Euthanasia

E.               Suicide

F.                Capital Punishment

G.               War and Terrorism

H.               Friendship


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:


VI.  Evaluation

A.   Be able to articulate reasonable and defensible moral principles and positions

B.   Be sensitive to the complexity of contemporary moral problems

C.   Be able to understand the moral positions of others

D.   Be able to analyze moral problems

E.   Be able to rationally critique the positions of others and one’s own position

F.    Identify relevant evidence in support, and against, of one’s position

Students must produce at least two moral position papers on two different contemporary moral issues.


         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding