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Introduction to Ethics

Introduction to Ethics

Sophia's Introduction to Ethics course explores philosophical approaches to understanding morality and evaluating moral actions. In this course, you will learn about a variety of normative ethical theories, and apply these theories to real world ethical issues. With an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of major approaches to ethics, you will build the critical thinking skills necessary to justify ethical positions. Full Description

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  • 3 semester credits at University of Phoenix
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Description

Introduction to Ethics

This course uses problem-based learning to help you apply knowledge to real-life situations. By using relatable scenarios, you'll learn how to think critically about ethical and philosophical inquiry, explore your own belief system, and better understand the role of ethics in everyday life. This course uses our Many Ways™ learning model that features multiple teaching styles to support your unique learning preferences.

Overview

Explore philosophical approaches to real-world ethical issues, learn about major approaches to ethics, and analyze various modes of ethical points of view. Key topics include:

  • Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics
  • Divine Command Theory, Conventionalism, and Egoism
  • Utilitarianism and Kantian Deontology
  • Virtue-based Ethics and Evaluating Personal Beliefs

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You'll complete 11 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests), with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you'll know how to explain the goal of ethics, evaluate philosophical arguments, and understand key terminology. You'll be able to apply moral theories to real-world issues and interpret the role of bias in ethical decision-making.

For more course details and Learning Outcomes, download the syllabus.

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347 Student Reviews
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by Justine S. on February 24, 2020
Great course! I learned a lot. I do think it is a little biased at times but not so much that you cannot understand why the correct answer is logical within the course.
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by Candis B. on February 23, 2020
A good class. I would recommend watching the tutorials and take notes. You will need notes for the final milestone.
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by Jennifer C. on February 21, 2020
It was great! I enjoyed it!
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by Patricia B. on February 21, 2020
This course was confusing and presented material in circles. The questions on the tests were unable to be found within the material presented. Even after passing this course I have very little clue what the course was trying to convey. It did meet my humanities requirement but I don't feel it increased my knowledge. I would not recommend this class.
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by Kelly G. on February 20, 2020
Enjoyed the class. Great format
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by Marc P. on February 18, 2020
For me, this course was a monumental challenge. Although the information was organized and presented in a manner which was workable, I found many of the questions on the assessments and the Milestones to be slightly confusing. Oftentimes, for me, I also found many of the questions to be worded in a different manner/tone than was presented in the lessons themselves. I took a ton of notes, reviewed them over and again, and in the end I passed the course, while also feeling much more informed in this area of study than before taking it. Much of the subject matter was thought-provoking and intriguing.
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by Sydonie D. on February 13, 2020
This was not my favorite course, due to the questions being subjective it seemed. But I did learn a lot. It wasn't what I was expecting in the beginning, but it was interesting if you like the psychological type thing.
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by Denise M. on February 4, 2020
This course was challenging, a lot of reading and rereading to understand the concept not just a particular definition. I'm old school and found it much more effective to print out the tutorials for study. Love the flexibility of these courses.

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  • Q: What does "Try it for Free" mean?

    A: The Free Trial allows you to access the course of your choice, or multiple courses. It gives you access to the first unit ("Challenge 1") in the course. This will let you meet the course instructors, sample the instructional content, and answer a set of assessment questions in the Challenge. You can also read the Student Guide and watch an Orientation Video to learn more about the course format, requirements, and resources.

    Any work you complete in the Free Trial is saved, so if you decide to register, you do not need to repeat it. Of course, we also let you reset it and start over if you wish.

  • Q: Does Sophia accept third-party payment for tuition, such as financial aid or military benefits?

    A: Sophia courses are not eligible for most third party payment methods. Course tuition is paid by the student, using a credit or debit card. Tuition is due at the time of course registration. Sophia offers a payment plan option for course tuition.

  • Q: When do the courses start and how long do I have to complete a course?

    A: You choose your own course start date and have 60 days from your chosen start date to complete each course. Sophia courses are self-paced, so many students complete a course in less than 60 days.

  • Q: Where do I get the textbooks for my course?

    A: You do not need any textbooks for Sophia courses. All material is taught by video and text-based tutorials that are in the courseroom, and are included in the course tuition.

  • Q: How am I graded in the course?

    A: Sophia courses are graded on a pass/fail basis, with 70% overall required to pass the course. Your score is based upon points earned in the formative assessments ("Challenges"), summative assessments ("Milestones"), and if applicable, the authentic assessments ("Touchstones"). Currently, our Foundations of English Composition, English Composition I, and Public Speaking courses contain Touchstones.

  • Q: How do I know which courses I should take?

    A: Consult with your academic adviser at your university to determine specifically which Sophia courses could fit into your program. You can download the course syllabus directly from our site to share with your school advisor.

  • Q: Are the tests proctored?

    A: Sophia courses utilize keyboard biometrics as an alternative to proctoring. No webcam is needed for a Sophia course.

  • Q: I'm taking a course where I have to submit Touchstones. How long does it take for my Touchstone to be graded once it's submitted?

    A: We provide our faculty graders with up to 7 business days to grade a Touchstone. The actual time may vary based on volume and grader capacity.

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