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Introductory Ethics: A Social Service Perspective
Course: SWU183

First Term: 2018 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S- Standard

Description: Introductory exploration of ethics from a historical and multicultural perspective viewed through the lens of contemporary social issues.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Examine the values and beliefs that inform our personal ethical codes. (I, II, III, IV)
2. Identify the historical development of ethical thinking, from ancient to contemporary philosophical traditions. (I)
3. Explore the ethical traditions of diverse cultures, including multicultural perspectives. (I, II, III, IV)
4. Compare and contrast ethical thinking from at least two different cultural traditions. (I, II, III, IV)
5. Distinguish the similarities and differences between cultures in viewing human rights. (II, III, IV)
6. Relate the code of ethics to professions and/or occupations of choice. (V)
7. Recognize the nature of an ethical dilemma. (I, V)
8. Analyze a personal ethical dilemma through a model of ethical decision-making. (I, II, III, IV, V)
9. Apply critical thinking skills and models of ethical decision-making to contemporary issues. (I, II, III, IV, V)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Historical Nature of Morality, Virtue and Ethics
   A. Role of Reason and Impartiality
   B. Role of Values, Religion and Beliefs
      1. Autonomy, consequentialism, and consumerism
      2. Lifeboat ethics
      3. Humanitarianism and utilitarianism
   C. Ethical Theory, Dilemmas and Decision Making
      1. Shared Values Approach
      2. Cultural Relativism and Cultural Differences Approach
         a. Cultural identity, ethnocentrism, social roles and multiculturalism
         b. Gender equality and gender roles
         c. Human rights
      3. Subjectivism in Ethics
      4. Moral Objectivism
         a. Kantianism
         b. Deontological theory
II. Matters of Life and Death
   A. Cloning and Reproductive Technologies
   B. Abortion
   C. Euthanasia
   D. Punishment and the Death Penalty
   E. War, Terrorism, and Counter-terrorism
III. Matters of Diversity and Equality
   A. Race and Ethnicity
   B. Gender
   C. Sexual Orientation
IV. Expanding the Ethical Circle
   A. World Hunger and Poverty
   B. Living Together with Animals
   C. Environmental Ethics
      1. Biocentrism
      2. Environmental racism
V. Professional Ethical Rules and Codes
   A. Empathy, Compassion, and Tolerance
   B. United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: December 12, 2017

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