Spring Semester, 2012
Dr. Scott Kimbrough
Office: Council 121
Office hours: M/W 9:00-11:00 or by appointment
Office phone: 256-7118
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Ethics deals with questions of value. What is right and wrong? Are values objective or subjective? Drawing from major historical classics as well as contemporary work, this class will survey theoretical attempts to answer these questions, including utilitarianism, deontology, social contract theory, and virtue ethics. The relationship between ethics and science will also be considered.
Louis P. Pojman and James Fieser (eds.) Ethical Theory: Classical and Contemporary Readings, 6th edition. Wadsworth/Cengage Learning. 2011.
Participation and Attendance: Attendance and participation in discussions are expected.
Presentations (7.5% each = 15%): Each student will give two presentations and write a companion paper of 1-2 pages. The presentation/paper will formulate a specific objection to the course reading for the day, consider how the author would reply, and assess the effectiveness of the author’s likely reply.
Papers (15% each = 45%): Three 3-5 page papers will be assigned. These papers will adjudicate disagreements between authors of course readings. Emphasis will be placed on the use of textual evidence and the analysis of arguments.
Midterm Exam (20%): An exam will be given at the conclusion of the unit on contractualism. The exam will include a mixture of short answers and longer essays, with an emphasis on mastery of the major concepts and arguments for and against the ethical theories covered in class.
Final Exam (20%): The exam will be comprehensive, with a similar format to the midterm exam.
Definition of plagiarism: Plagiarism consists in copying or closely paraphrasing the work of another, in whole or in part, without citing the source. Plagiarized papers will receive a zero. Furthermore, plagiarists will be reported to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Other forms of academic dishonesty will receive similar treatment.
All papers must be submitted electronically to turnitin.com.
A hard copy of each paper must be submitted as well. The hard copy must have the turnitin reciept number for the paper written on the upper right corner of the first page.
To register for turnitin, click on New User on the upper right hand side of the screen and follow the instructions.
Papers that are not submitted to turnitin will receive an F.
Use of cell phones for any reason, including texting, is prohibited during class.
Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request for students with documented disabilities.
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