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College of Extended Learning

Introduction to Ethics

Subject Course No. Credit Value
Philosophy PHIL 2201 Three (3) credit hours

This course investigates core problems and key authors in ethical theory. The main focus of the course is to treat the rival theories of eudaimonism, deontology and utilitarianism as they are expressed both in contemporary ethical literature and in their historical context by Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, and John Stuart Mill. We will also give some attention to Plato, a figure that has influenced their development. In the last part of the course, we turn to another alternative--the work of Friedrich Nietzsche and his influential critique of much of the Western ethical tradition that preceded him.

Instructor: Jennifer Hart Weed (please contact the instructor if you need an up-to-date syllabus)
Prerequisite: None

Why take this course?

  • Provides an introduction to the subject of ethics
  • Encourages discussion and peer interactions
  • Develops critical thinking and writing skills

Course details

Students have six months from the registration date to complete the course. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date.

Assignments and examinations

  • Study Questions (20%)
  • Discussion Questions and Online Participation (20%)
  • 1 x Essay (20%)
  • 1 x Final Exam (invigilated, 40%)

The final exam for this course will be invigilated at an approved time and location. Please refer to the Online Exam Request Form.

Fees and payments

Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable/non-transferable online fee per course. Learn more about fees and methods of payment.

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If you have previously registered in this online course and wish to register again, please contact us at 453-4646 to complete the registration process.

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