Ethics Syllabus & Schedule
PHIL 31A: Spring 2019 – Course Code 20386
Instructor: Eric Gerlach – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mondays & Wednesdays 11 am – 12:15 – BCC Room 54
Office Hours: Noon – 2 pm, Fridays @ K’s Coffee
Course Description: This course introduces students to ethical concepts such as principle, virtue, balance, utility, drive, and perspective, as well as ethical issues such as theft, lies, violence, environment, class, gender and ethnicity from individual and social perspectives.
Texts: Readings for each week are posted at the top of each lecture on the website.
Assignments: Two 4 pg. essays (2 x 25%) & an 8 pg. essay (50%), emailed to email@example.com.
Jan 23 – What is Ethics?
Jan 28 – Egypt – Amenhotep
Feb 4 – India – Mahavira
Feb 11 – India – Buddha
Feb 18 – BCC OFF – NO CLASS
Feb 20 – Office Hours for 1st Paper Due Feb 24
Feb 25 – Greece – Heraclitus
Mar 4 – Greece – Aristotle
Mar 11 – Greece – Epicurus
Mar 18 – China – Confucius
Mar 25 – China – Mozi
Apr 1 – SPRING BREAK – NO CLASS
Apr 8 – China – Zhuangzi – 2nd Paper Due Apr 14
Apr 15 – Europe – Kant
Apr 22 – Europe – Mill
Apr 29 – Nietzsche
May 6 – Modernity – Wittgenstein
May 13 – Modernity – Fanon
May 20 – Office Hours by appointment for 3rd Paper Due May 26
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this class, students will be able to:
- Define the main ethical theories covered in the course.
- Analyze an ethical theory.
- Explain some prominent and on-going moral disagreements in our society.
General Student Requirements
Students are expected to come to class prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions. It is your responsibility to ask if you missed something; it is not the instructor’s responsibility to remind you. Please read through the syllabus and plan ahead.
Plagiarism, “to use another person’s ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source” (MLA Handbook, 5th ed., §1.8)—will not be tolerated. Plagiarists, intentional or inadvertent, will receive a zero on the assignment in question; repeat offenders will get an F for the course and will be subject to college disciplinary action.
Disabled Student Program & Services (DSP&S) are provided for any enrolled student who has a verified disability that creates an educational limitation that prevents the student from fully benefiting from classes without additional support services or instruction. Please let the instructor know if you require any support services or would like more information about DSP&S.
The syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any changes will be announced in class. Additional handouts of required readings may also be added.