345-HSA-VA, Ethical Issues
This course will introduce students to ethical reasoning through contemporary ethical issues. We will examine ethical frameworks, including virtue ethics, utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, and the ethics of care to understand some of the different ways that ethical issues can be approached. Students will be exposed to the complexity of moral reasoning and be encouraged to think about ethical issues from multiple perspectives. Some of the topics that will be covered in the course include cloning, the drinking age, zero tolerance policies, obesity, and torture. These topics will enable students to address real-life moral choices and to evaluate the usefulness and applicability of each ethical theory.