Introduction to Ethics – ETHC 101

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the principles and techniques of rational decision making in morality. It includes a survey of ethical theories, a review of the basic principles of critical reasoning, and applications of both to moral issues.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Students at Liberty University are exposed to courses that introduce critical thinking about moral issues. While they highly value this aspect of their education, many would benefit from a treatment of ethical issues that is deeper and more systematic. This course proceeds from a very approachable introduction to ethical theories to a guided interactive exploration of practical ethical issues that are not covered in their other General Education courses.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe a range of systematic approaches to ethical decision making including but not limited to Christian approaches to ethical decision making.
  2. Formulate his or her own systematic approach to ethical decision making.
  3. Identify and describe a range of positions and arguments relevant to the moral issues discussed in class and in the assigned reading.
  4. Apply his or her approach to ethical decision making to the moral issues discussed.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes (FSLOs): Critical Thinking (CT)

  1. CT 1: Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant.
  2. CT 2: Structure an argument or position using credible evidence and valid reasoning.
  3. CT 3: Compare and contrast the biblical worldview with a non-biblical worldview, evaluating the influence of assumptions and contexts on ethics and values.
  4. CT 4: Plan evidence-based courses of action to resolve problems.
  5. CT 5: Relate critical thinking and ethics to participation in God’s redemptive work.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Discussion board threads must be between 500-600 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s thread. The student should try to respond to a classmate who has not received a reply yet. The reply must be at least 500-600 words in length.

Each student will write a 2100-2400 word paper in current Turabian format that further develops the insights and arguments of the student’s third and fourth Discussion Boards into a single, carefully-articulated work. This paper is not required to utilize any sources outside of those that were used in the class (the two textbooks, the videos, and the narrated PowerPoint presentations), but use of additional resources is permitted and encouraged. At the minimum the paper should utilize the resources from the class.

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, and have a 30 minute time limit.