LSTD 3153 - Foundations of Ethics in Liberal Studies
Why is it cool?
“If everything isn’t black and white, I say, ‘Why the hell not?’” — John Wayne
Most of us know the difference between right and wrong. We know not to steal and not to push someone in front of a moving vehicle. While these easy moral choices aren’t hard to make, we’re human. Self-delusion and moral justification are powerful, and sometimes our choices lie between shades of gray.
Making an ethical decision requires the ability to objectively look at all sides of a situation. In Foundations of Ethics in Liberal Studies, students will study ethical theory and issues in applied ethics. Students will discuss the key differences between ethics, law and religion. They’ll also study the ethical perspectives of well-known philosophers such as Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill and W.D. Ross.
Reviewing hot issues that range from abortion to environmentalism, students will be challenged to take a look at both sides of an argument and address basic questions that will help them make decisions about contemporary moral issues such as animal rights, health care and sexuality.
After taking a look at each issue in a broad sense, students will be able to develop their own viewpoints on these issues, as well as other ethical issues they encounter in their daily lives. Students will leave the class with a firm foundation in applied ethics, as well as the ability to engage in educated discussions with others about politics and other social issues.