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PHIL 003: Introduction to Ethics

Course Description

This course critically analyzes questions of value (what's good and bad) and obligation (what's right and wrong). It explores the ethical systems of Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Epicurus, Kant, utilitarianism, Sartre, and feminism. These ethical systems are applied to contemporary ethical problems and social issues, such as abortion, capital punishment, feminism, euthanasia, animal rights, and racism. Much of the course is devoted to critical thinking and writing skills. The course requires the student to write a sequence of ethical "position papers," which are evaluated for both qualities of analysis and English composition skills.

Units: 3

  • Credit - Degree Applicable
  • Transferable to both UC and CSU

Course Details

  • Grade Options: Letter Grade
  • In-Class Lecture Hours: 48 – 54
  • In-Class Lab Hours: 0

Requisites and Advisories

  • Prerequisites: ENGL 001A
  • Co-Requisites: None
  • Advisory: None

Transfer Details

  • CSU/UC: Transferable to both UC and CSU
  • WVC GE: A. Language and Rationality: A2 - Communication and Analytical Thinking
    C. Humanities
  • CSU GE: Area A - English Language Communication and Critical Thinking: A3 - Critical Thinking
  • UC/IGETC GE: Area 1 - English Communication: 1B - Critical Thinking/English Composition
  • C-ID: PHIL 120 - Introduction to Ethics
Last Updated 7/19/23