|Course Dates||Length||Meeting Times||Status||Format||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|July 12, 2021 - July 28, 20217/12 - 7/28||2 Weeks||Online||Waitlisted||Online||Anna Brinkerhoff||11663|
Is abortion morally permissible? How about torture? Capital punishment? Is eating meat morally wrong? Are we morally required to help those in poverty? How do we take steps to rectify racial injustice (affirmative action, reparations, etc.)? Is pornography morally objectionable?
People have strong, conflicting beliefs about how to answer these questions. Often, these beliefs are ones they hold near and dear. This can make it difficult to subject those beliefs to rational evaluation. The goal of this course is to do just that. Throughout the course, we will be looking at arguments for different answers to these questions and more, and assessing those arguments, strengths, and weaknesses.
By the end of the course, students will be able to see - more specifically, rationally engage with - both sides of many hot-button issues. In addition, by grappling with these specific practical moral issues, students will gain a deep understanding of the theoretical nature of morality.
This course serves as an introduction to applied ethics. We will consider hot-button issues in sexual ethics, social ethics, environmental ethics, biomedical ethics, and political ethics. More specifically, we will consider and critically evaluate philosophical arguments on various sides of the following issues, among others:
Prerequisites: This course is appropriate for any student at the high school level. Students do not need any background in philosophy in order to succeed in this course.