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Philosophy 102

Introduction to Ethics

Credits: 3

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4

Corequisite: English 100

Text: James Rachels, The Elements of Moral Philosophy. McGraw-Hill, latest edition.

Course Description:

An introduction to the philosophical study of ethics. This course concerns questions of the nature of moral goodness, agency, the scope of moral concern, moral skepticism and surveys important normative ethical theories. Some portion of the course will be devoted to application of ethical theory to contemporary moral issues such as abortion, punishment, human rights, animal rights, biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, business ethics, and social and human responsibility. Students are introduced to a selection of approaches to ethical reasoning, including consequentialist, deontological, and social examples


Class participation 10%
In-class exams 20%
Short essays 40%
Final Exam 30%


Selman Halabi, B.Sc. (Toronto), M.A. (York)

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