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This class will help you identify and critically examine some of the ethical dilemmas that face our society today. Before we consider the particular issues, some tools will be introduced. The first tool we will develop is logical reasoning skills that will allow you to construct valid arguments. The next set of tools are two ethical theories, Kantianism and Utilitarianism. We will also look at the relations between religion, society, and ethics.
What’s Wrong? Applied Ethicists and their Critics, David Boonin and Graham Oddie, eds. Oxford University Press 2005
The goal of the course is to come up with a paper in which you will present an argument on a moral issue. You may choose any of the topics from our texbook, but your argument must be your own. Papers on a topic not covered by the text are not permitted. The paper will be written in a strict format that will be introduced in class, and will be 5 pages long. The paper is due March 16.
Quizzes: 20% each
The three quizzes will include both short answer and multiple choice questions, and will cover the required reading and course lectures.
In preparation for writing your paper, you will be required to hand in a valid argument that you will use as the main argument for your paper. Your TA will give you comments on the argument, and your paper grade will in part depend on how well you respond to any criticism of the argument.
Accessibility: Please let me know the first week of class if you are working with either of the accessibility offices, and need special conditions for taking quizzes, writing papers, etc..
Lateness Policy/Missed Quizzes: The quizzes will be given at the beginning of class or tutorial on the days indicated, so you must come to class on time. A make-up quiz will only be given in the case of a documented emergency. The paper is due at the beginning of class on March 16, and late papers will be penalized by one-half letter grade per day.
Plagiarism: Plagiarized papers will be reported to the Dean’s office, and I will recommend that the penalty for plagiarism be failing the course. I take plagiarism very seriously, and I am very good at finding plagiarized papers, so don’t be tempted. You are required to know the information on plagiarism presented at York’s tutorial on academic integrity, which is available at: http://www.yorku.ca/tutorial/academic_integrity/
Not knowing what counts as plagiarism is not an excuse.
©2003 Kristin Andrews