2021-2022 Yavapai College Catalog 
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2021-2022 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

PHI 105 - Introduction to Ethics

PHI 1105
Description: Examination of the nature of morality and specific moral issues. Questions explored include: What is the foundation of morality? What makes actions either right or wrong? What does it mean to be a good person? What gives life meaning? Why should we try to do the right thing?  Topics include: abortion, war, euthanasia, animal rights, happiness, the meaning of life, environmental rights, poverty, sex, feminism, racism, free speech, torture, and the law. 

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency

General Education Competency: Diversity; Critical Thinking

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:

  1. Critical thinking and moral reasoning
  2. The nature and history of moral theories
  3. The relationship between religion and morality
  4. The relationship between science and morality
  5. Application of moral reasoning to contemporary issues

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Analyze moral arguments (1-5)
  2. Compare major moral theories (2)
  3. Identify the relationship between religion and morality. (3)
  4. Identify the relationship between science and morality. (4)
  5. Argue for a moral position. (5)