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PHIL 1100 Ethics


Daniel Sturgis, PhD


Introductory study of major philosophies on the nature of the good for humanity, principles of evaluation, and moral choice as they apply to contemporary moral problems. Approved for GT-AH3. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: ideals and values.


For each unit of the course you will be expected to do the following (see below). Although your knowledge will build on itself after each unit, the objectives for each unit are the same.

  1. Identify, relate and match the correct theories to their authors.
  2. Describe, paraphrase and explain the ideas in the readings.
  3. Apply, practice and relate the readings to your life.
  4. Analyze and question the ideas in the readings.
  5. Synthesize the ideas from the course thematically.
  6. Evaluate the ideas from the course with philosophical arguments.


  • Rachels, James and Stuart, The Elements of Moral Philosophy, 8th Edition. (abbreviated TEM) 8th edition ISBN-10: 0078119065, ISBN-13: 978-0078119064
  • Rachels, James and Stuart, The Right Thing to Do, 7th edition (abbreviated RTD) 7th edition: ISBN-10: 0078119081, ISBN-13: 978-0078119088


  • 60% – 4 Multiple Choice Quizzes
  • 30% – 5 Page Final Paper
  • 10% – Discussion and Participation

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