PHIL 1201

Subject: PHILOSOPHY
Course No. and Title: PHIL 1201 Ethics of Life and Death
Credit Value: Three (3) credit hours

Benefits of the course

  • Students become familiar with the nature of ethics or moral philosophy, some challenges to morality, the most influential moral theories, and some contemporary moral issues concerning life and death—abortion, euthanasia, and terrorism.
  • The course aims at removing common confusions about those issues and gaining a deeper understanding of and reaching reasonable conclusions about them.
  • The course materials include chapter outlines and student resources—self-test quizzes, flashcards for key terms, study questions, and a glossary of key terms and definitions.
  • The approach taken to the evaluation of the students’ work is designed to facilitate one-on-one student-instructor dialogue and to enrich the students’ learning experience. 
Prerequisite:

None

Course Author:

Ahmad Rahmanian, PhD
Department of Philosophy
University of New Brunswick - Fredericton

Office Location: Carleton Hall

Phone: (506) 458-7503
E-mail: arahmani@unb.ca

Course Features:

The course materials include a textbook, chapter outlines, and student resources.  The latter include self-test quizzes, flashcards for key terms, study questions, and a glossary of key terms and definitions.  They afford the students an opportunity to advance and test their understanding of the main ideas and arguments, and to prepare for the tests and the final exam.  The approach taken to the evaluation of the students’ work is designed to facilitate one-on-one student-instructor dialogue and to enrich the students’ learning experience.  To enhance the interactive process, there is also a forum for the exchange of ideas.

Course Format:

The course is organized around the following topics:

Challenges to Morality:  Is it possible to resolve moral disputes through reasoned discussion?  If so, how?  Do morality and moral reasoning depend on theological commitments?  Is there an objective and universal truth in morality?

Moral Theories:  What are some competing explanations of the rightness of certain actions and the wrongness of others?  Does the moral worth of an action depend on its consequences or on the principle that motivates it?

Moral Issues: 

    • In what circumstances, if any, is abortion morally permissible? 
    • Is there a moral difference between letting a terminally ill patient die and killing the person?  Is active euthanasia ever morally preferable to passive euthanasia?
    • What is terrorism?  Is there a moral difference between conventional war and terrorism?  Who, if anyone, and under what circumstances is an appropriate target of terrorist attacks?
Course Text:

Steven M. Cahn, ed., Exploring Ethics: An Introductory Anthology (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Textbooks can be ordered from the UNB Fredericton Bookstore:
506-453-4664
unb.bkstr.ca

Assignments & Examinations:

The assessment is based on the following:

  • Eleven discussion assignments, together covering the entire course, and each requiring a paragraph or two to answer.
  • Three multiple-choice tests, together covering the entire course.  Each test covers a portion of the course, and is written once the relevant discussion assignments are completed.  The tests will be scheduled between the instructor and each student separately.  They are not supervised.  The students will have 1 hour to complete the first test, 2 hours for the second, and 1 hour for the third. 
  • One essay, approximately 2000 words, to be submitted anytime after the discussion assignment on the related moral issue is completed.
  • A final exam, requiring paragraph answers.  The final is supervised.  It will be scheduled by each student separately online.  The students will have 3 hours to complete the final.

The four components of the assessment are weighted as follows:

Discussion assignments

Multiple-choice tests

Essay

Final online exam

 

25%

30%

20%

25%

 

All mid-term exams and final exams for online courses will be invigilated at an approved time and location. Please refer to the Online Exam Request Form to book.

Time Limit: 6 months from registration date. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date of your course.
Fees:

Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable online fee per course. Fees are subject to change by the Board of Governors.
More information on fees for this course.

Methods of Payment:

Once you complete the Apply Now form below, please send payment. Methods of payment accepted:
Cash (Do not send in the mail. Please deliver to the College of Extended Learning, 2nd Level, Wu Centre, UNB Fredericton Campus)
Cheque or money order (Mail to UNB College of Extended Learning, PO Box 4400, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5A3)
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