Courses That Fulfill The Ethics and Values Perspective Requirements

Ethics and Values Perspective 4 credits
Courses in this perspective challenge students to articulate the foundations for their beliefs and judgments and subject these value commitments to critical analysis.

Choose from the following courses:

HS 202 Sophomore Honors Seminar II (Honor students only)
Sophomore Honors Seminar
8 credits
Engages critical thinking and research about philosophical, cultural, and scientific methods of generating knowledge and their ethical implications. Different areas of inquiry examined each year. Recent topics include environmental ethics, evolution, astronomy, and epistemology. Fulfills the General Education Ethics and Values Perspective and the Scientific Perspective.

PH 105 Introduction to Ethics 4 credits
Introduction to important theories on nature of the good in human conduct. Theories belong to Western philosophical tradition and include works of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Mill, and others. Fulfills Ethics and Values Perspective of General Education requirement. (Semester varies)

PH 110 Ethics and Justice 4 credits
Considers ethical theories and theories of justice, especially those related to questions of economic, criminal, political, and social justice. Fulfills Ethics and Values Perspective of the General Education requirement. (Semester varies)

PH 200 Contemporary Ethics 4 credits
Contemporary ethical issues of abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, and affirmative action examined in light of major theories of ethics and morals from the history of Western philosophy. Fulfills Ethics and Values Perspective of General Education requirements. (Semester varies)

PH 203 Special Topics in Ethics or Value Theory 4 credits
Topics announced prior to each term may include: Art and Politics, Media Ethics, Feminist Ethics, Political Philosophy, or Judaism. Course may be repeated for credit if topics vary. Fulfills Ethics and Values Perspective of General Education requirements. (Semester varies)

PH 204 Environmental Ethics 4 credits
Considers philosophical ethics in relation to environmental issues. Topics include: religious beliefs as a foundation for environmental commitments, duties and obligations toward other species, “deep ecology,” ecofeminism, economic imperatives versus environmental concerns, and disproportionate burden of environmental problems borne by certain groups. Fulfills Ethics and Values Perspective of General Education requirements. (Semester varies)

PH 210 Narrative Ethics 4 credits
Overview of classical and modern approaches to ethical theory using examples from fiction and film to show how ethical theories can be applied. Connect abstract theory with “real life” through storytelling and story analysis to understand and evaluate moral issues. Fulfills Ethics and Values Perspective of General Education requirements. (Semester varies)

PL 328 Political Thought 4 credits
Analyzes the evolution of political theory from early Greece to the present. Study the formation of the Western political tradition and the relationship of political theory to the development of absolutism, constitutional monarchy, liberal democracy, and socialism. Understand the issues of idealism and realism in political thought, individual rights versus the needs of the collective, and the relation of these considerations to the emergence of totalitarian political ideologies. Fulfills Ethics and Values Perspective of the General Education requirements. (Semester varies)