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Introduction to Ethics

Introduction to Ethics

Sophia's Introduction to Ethics course explores philosophical approaches to understanding morality and evaluating moral actions. In this course, you will learn about a variety of normative ethical theories, and apply these theories to real world ethical issues. With an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of major approaches to ethics, you will build the critical thinking skills necessary to justify ethical positions. Full Description

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  • 4.5 quarter credits at Capella University
  • Capella University Equivalency: PHI 2000 Ethics
  • Category: Humanities

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This course uses problem-based learning to help you apply knowledge to real-life situations. By using relatable scenarios, you'll learn how to think critically about ethical and philosophical inquiry, explore your own belief system, and better understand the role of ethics in everyday life. This course uses our Many Ways learning model that features multiple teaching styles to support your unique learning preferences.

Overview
Explore philosophical approaches to real-world ethical issues, learn about major approaches to ethics, and analyze various modes of ethical points of view. Key topics include:

  • Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics
  • Divine Command Theory, Conventionalism, and Egoism
  • Utilitarianism and Kantian Deontology
  • Virtue-based Ethics and Evaluating Personal Beliefs

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You'll complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests), with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you'll know how to explain the goal of ethics, evaluate philosophical arguments, and understand key terminology. You'll be able to apply moral theories to real-world issues and interpret the role of bias in ethical decision-making.

For more course details and Learning Outcomes, download the syllabus.

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91 Student Reviews
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by Jason H. on December 11, 2017
Really enjoyed the class. Felt I learned alot about the values and ethics I had developed on my own but didn't have names of reasons for.
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by Christine S. on December 4, 2017
Would rather read than watch or listen to videos
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by Linda L. on November 28, 2017
NA
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by Becky D. on November 11, 2017
I thought the actual course was much more difficult than the ID Milestone. I breezed through the Milestone with no problem, even though I don't generally do well on tests.
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by Lisa V. on November 1, 2017
This course was not at all what I thought it would be. It was not easily understood for me and I felt like the questions were not entirely appropriate to the tutorial provided. The points were not clear as what answer was expected. Very disappointed in this class and the vague information. It was hard to follow.
Sophia replied on November 2, 2017

Hi Lisa -- Congratulations on your successful course completion! We regret that you did not enjoy the course, but you did work hard and earned the credits towards your degree program. We understand that there are times when concepts may need further explanation, so that is why our team of Learning Coaches is here to assist our students. We do hope you choose to study with Sophia again. Thank you.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
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by Andrew M. on October 23, 2017
The course provided multiple points of views concerning ethics
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by Isobel B. on October 20, 2017
Very lengthy, it is challenging to retain such dry information when there is so much of it.
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by Laura W. on October 17, 2017
I enjoyed the course and liked that we had more time for the final. not that I needed all that time but it took the edge off getting done on time. Please increase all the exams to 190.

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  • Q: How am I graded in the course?
    A: Your overall score is derived from how you do on two types of assessments: Challenges, which are formative assessments, and Milestones, which are summative assessments. Sophia’s English Composition I, Foundations of English Composition, and Public Speaking courses also include written assignments, called Touchstones, that also contribute to your overall score.
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