• Course Information
    Section Number: 011
    Credit Hours: 3
    Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00-9:20am
    Place: BEC 136

    Instructor Information
    Name: Joel Schmit
    Office: Beeville Campus, C-157
    Phone Number: (361) 354-2323
    Email: jschmit@coastalbend.edu

    Textbook Information
    —Title: Five Dialogues by Plato
    Publisher: Hackett Publishing
    ISBN-13: 978-0-87220-633-5

    Course Description
    In this course, we will study many of the important ethical theories in the history of philosophy and apply those theories to contemporary moral problems. The purpose of the course is to give each student the opportunity to think about and discuss ethical questions and answers with their fellow students while being guided by an instructor. Students will also be given the opportunity to write about the ethical theories and moral problems they encounter in the course, which enable them to develop the ability to formulate and express their thoughts in a coherent manner.

    Course Requirements
    —Attendance is required. Excessive absences will result in the student being withdrawn from the course by the instructor, or in the student failing the course. For a course that meets twice a week, four absences will be considered excessive.
    —Ten to twenty pages of reading will be assigned for each class meeting. Students will come to each class prepared to discuss the assigned reading.
    —Throughout the semester, students will complete a variety of writing assignments covering the reading and discussion topics.
    —Students will take two exams during the semester: a midterm exam and a final exam. The final exam will be taken as scheduled by Coastal Bend College. It will be cumulative.

    Evaluation Methods
    Writing Assignments: 20%
    Exams: 80%
    Grading Scale: 100 - 90% = A, 89 - 80% = B, 79 - 70% = C, 69 - 60% = D, 59 - 0% = F

    Student Learning Outcomes
    —Students will know the historical origins of the basic ethical theories in philosophy.
    —Students will understand and be able to explain those ethical theories.
    —Students will be able to apply those ethical theories to contemporary moral problems.
    —Students will be able to explain and point out the problems in those ethical theories that are fundamentally flawed.
    —Students will learn how to read difficult philosophical texts, write basic philosophical essays, and discuss important philosophical problems. By doing so, they will improve their reading, writing, and discussion skills in general.

    Late Policy
    —Late submissions will not be accepted for coursework sections.
    —If a student misses one of the exams, and the student has a documented excuse for missing the exam, the exam can be made up.

    Semester Schedule
    1. Week One: Introduction to Philosophy
    2. Week Two: Moral Relativism
    3. Week Three: Plato’s Dialogue Meno and Virtue Ethics
    4. Week Four: Plato’s Dialogue Meno (continued)
    5. Week Five: Plato’s Dialogue Euthyphro and Divine Command Theory
    6. Week Six: Plato’s Dialogue Euthyphro (continued)
    7. Week Seven: Midterm Exam
    8. Week Eight: Plato’s Dialogue Apology
    9. Week Nine: Plato’s Dialogue Apology (continued)
    10. Week Ten: Plato’s Dialogue Crito and Social Contract Theory
    11. Week Eleven: Plato’s Dialogue Crito (continued)
    12. Week Twelve: Utilitarianism
    13. Week Thirteen: Deontology
    14. Week Fourteen: Plato’s Dialogue Phaedo
    15. Week Fifteen: Plato’s Dialogue Phaedo (continued)
    16. Week Sixteen: Final Exam

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