Core 286: Ethics and the Good Life
This course is designed to give the student a nose for moral argumentation—the ability to distinguish good moral reasoning from bad and to sniff out mistakes in every day moral thought. It aims, through the close reading and discussion of ethical texts and cases, to foster in students a personal and reflectively stable moral sensibility, and to equip them to make fruitful contributions to moral and political discussion in the public arena.
Prerequisite: Core 280.
Specific Learning Objectives:
As a result of taking this course, students should be able to:
General Learning Goals:
As a result of taking this course, students should:
1. At least two tests to assess mastery of course content.
2. Periodic quizzes (at the instructor’s discretion) to encourage students to keep up with course readings and to measure their progress in the course;
3. Short writing assignments (at the instructor’s discretion) to assess critical reading/thinking skills and mastery of course content.
4. One major writing assignment—either a critical essay or an argumentative essay—to assess students’ ability to analyze and evaluate philosophical texts and to formulate and defend their own philosophical views.
5. Teaching and/or course evaluations administered at the conclusion of the course.
Each instructor may choose a text or texts best suited to his or her pedagogical goals and individual teaching style.