Class Highlight - Foundations of Ethics in Liberal Studies


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What class?

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.

Talk to your advisor to see if this class might be right for you, or see what else is offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.