HUMAN 31A, Summer 2017, Class Code 30577
Wednesdays 6 – 9:50 PM, BCC Room 014
Instructor: Eric Gerlach, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Wed 5 – 6 pm @ K’s Coffee, next door to BCC
Course Description: This course introduces students to central concepts and issues of Ethics and systems of human values. We will first study ethical concepts such as principle, virtue, balance, utility, drive, and perspective and then study ethical issues such as theft, lies, violence, environment, class, gender and race from an individual and social perspective.
Required Texts: The readings for the class will be posted on Moodle: BCC Summer 2017
If you have any issues getting into Moodle for online discussion, email: email@example.com
Required Assignments: Two 4-5 page essays (50%) & a final 7-10 page paper (50%)
Introduction: What is Ethics?
Morals & Virtue: Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals & Aristotle’s Ethics
Use & Consequence: Mill’s Utilitarianism
June 28 – 1st Essay Due (4-5 pages)
Balance: Egyptian Wisdom & Confucius’ Analects
Drive & Desire: Nietzsche’s Beyond Good & Evil
Perspective: Heraclitus’ Fragments & Chuang Tzu
Theft: Zinn’s People’s History of Am. Empire & Andreas’ Addicted to War
Lies: Herman & Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent
July 12 – 2nd Response Essay Due (4-5 pages)
Violence: Lt. Col. Grossman’s On Killing
Life & World: Carson’s Silent Spring & BCEP
Class & Power: Karp’s Indispensable Enemies & essays from RC&G
Gender & Sex: De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex
Race & Culture: Hannaford’s Race & essays from RC&G
July 26 – 3rd Final Essay Due (7-10 pages)
No lecture – Office Hours at K’s Coffee for Essay Consultation
Essay Grading Policy: For each essay, state the question you are answering and take a clear position at the beginning, then argue with clear and focused points for the required page length. Do not summarize material that is irrelevant. You can include personal experience, examples from fiction or material from outside the course.
This class is acceptable for credit at UC and CSU. It counts towards GE AA/AS area 3; CSU area C2; and IGETC area 3. It can be used as an elective for the Liberal Arts with an Emphasis in Arts and Humanities, Associate in Arts Degree Program and the Liberal Arts: Intersegmental General Education Transfer (IGETC) Certificate of Achievement and the Global Studies AA Degree.
Student Learning Outcomes
Information Competency: understand philosophical concepts and systems
Critical Thinking: evaluate philosophical concepts and argue for and against viewpoints
Intercultural Competency: understand and appreciate diverse cultures of thought
General Student Requirements: Students are expected to come to class prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions. All readings and assignments should be completed by the beginning of class on the day they are discussed. This class is run as a lecture/discussion course. Students are responsible for all class material (even if they miss class). It is your responsibility to ask if you missed something; it is not the instructor’s responsibility to remind you. If a student has any extenuating circumstances which may affect full participation in the class, the student must speak to the instructor as far ahead of any due date as possible. All assignments must be completed and all requirements must be met in order to pass the class. You must turn in all assignments (even if they are late) in order to be eligible to receive a “C” grade or higher. There are no exceptions, under any circumstance.
Plagiarism –“[t]o 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. Students are encouraged to review plagiarism policies in the current Vista College catalog.
Disabled Student Program and Services (DSP&S) services 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.
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.