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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

  • Accepted for Credit Transfer by Capella University
  • 4.5 quarter credits at Capella University
  • Capella University Equivalency: PHI 2000 Ethics

Category: Humanities

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Introduction to Ethics

Course Description
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.

Assessments & Grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 11 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and articulate the goals of ethics as a discipline
  • Analyze and evaluate philosophical arguments
  • Define, describe, and apply key terminology in moral theory
  • Articulate the essential features and commitments of major approaches to ethics
  • Identify and articulate the strengths and weaknesses of major approaches to ethics
  • Apply a variety of moral theories to evaluate real-life situations and actions
  • Recognize the sources and effect of bias in ethical decision making
  • Analyze ethical considerations for contemporary ethical issues

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

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by Dannelle l. on September 23, 2020
the challenge questions were pretty straight forward the tests are a bit tricky with the wording! overall an easy and straight forward course, I finished in a day!
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by THOMAS W. on September 22, 2020
READ THIS REVIEW I gave four stars for one reason: I could not follow his teachings. BUT I also did not have TIME to devote to this course to attempt to figure it out. This course IS NOT a breeze through course. You WILL need time to complete this course. I, personally, picked a horrible time in my life to attempt this course. I do believe THIS course is solid overall. The other ~5 I've taken, I have had prior background in OR it was common sense based. His course is not common sense based UNLESS you understand the differences / terminology. This gentleman has to be an intellectual individual to believe his course explanation is enough - but for me, I could have used the entirety of his course broken into INDIVIDUAL sections, rather than cross-relating EVERYTHING. AGAIN, I did not devote a whole lot of time to this course. I AM NOT saying this professor (or whatever they go by) is inadequate - it's just a difficult course to "breeze through" like past course.
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by Maxine M. on September 22, 2020
Great class!
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by Charrese W. on September 22, 2020
I would recommend this class!
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by Abdul Y. on September 22, 2020
This course literally made my head hurt. The milestones for each chapter did not reflect all of the material covered in each chapter. But I was able to get through them.
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by Brian K. on September 22, 2020
very informative class!!
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by Nutchaya M. on September 22, 2020
This course was super hard, thank god I passed.
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by Dan M. on September 22, 2020
Tough course but I learned a lot!

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