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Ethics Syllabus

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Ethics Syllabus PHIL 121

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Date Created: 08/22/16
Philosophy 121:  Ethics  VOLUNTEER STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Instructor Information Instructor: Thomas Mether, Ph.D. Office Location: Adjunct’s Office Steinhauer­Rogan­Black Humanities Building Phone: 615­230­3545 Email:  Office Hours: by appointment Course Information  Term: Fall 2016  Course Description: A rational inquiry into the origin, development, and  application of moral values and behavior.  Includes a survey of major ethical  theories with an emphasis on application to contemporary moral problems.   (Same as RODP PHIL 121)  Credit Hours: 3  Course Format: Traditional  Class Meeting Times and Location: 9:35 am – 11:00 am MW   Prerequisites: Acceptable placement scores or completion of all Learning  Support Competencies in Reading and Writing. Course Objectives Course Goals:  This course serves to help fulfill the following general education goals of Volunteer State Community College:  Identify and analyze the cultural heritage and the social aspects of culture  Communicate effectively in oral and written forms  Identify problems and select appropriate means for solving them  Apply critical thought processes to the clarification and appraisal of values Volunteer State Community College Course Outcomes:  Upon the successful completion of this course, students should be  able to  1. Demonstrate a familiarity with the major ethical theories in the Western cultural  tradition. 2. Explain the foundational principles and assumptions of these major theories and  how each views human nature.  3. Explain how and why the definition of what constitutes a good life has changed  over the centuries. 4. Apply the principles of a given theory to a specific, contemporary moral issue and develop a rational framework for understanding that issue. 5. Evaluate competing solutions to a specific moral problem and arrive at a sound  moral judgment regarding that problem. 6. Articulate the underlying moral principles and values that form the foundation of a moral judgment.  Textbooks and Materials  Required materials: Lewis Vaughn, Beginning Ethics.  Supplementary (Optional) materials: Lecture Powerpoints and supplementary  readings are included under the Course Content Tab in eLearn. Technology Requirements High­speed Internet access is required. Assignments and Grading All assignments are worth 100 points. All assignments are of equal value in terms of the final grade. Both the midterm and final are just additional assignments. Except for some  in­class activities, all assignments will be given and turned in under the Dropbox in  eLearn. Grading is simply calculated as actual points earned divided by total possible  points. Class attendance and participation are worth 200 points of the grade. Total  points are 1200.  Graded work should be returned within two weeks for each assignment. Grading  Criteria are: Volunteer State Community College  Spelling and grammar 10%.  Ability to understand the ethical issue or problem that ethical concepts and  theories are meant to address 10%.  Display of some mastery of key concepts and theories 20%.  Ability to understand how concepts and theories apply to ethical situations 20%.  Ability to identify arguments (a main claim and supporting claims) for an ethical  position 20%.   Ability to appreciate ethical perspectives other than one’s own 20%. Grading Scale 90­100% A 80­89% B 70­79% C 60­69% D Below 60% F  Syllabus Changes The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If  changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately  notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting  both notification and nature of change(s) on the course eLearn news page.  Policies and Procedures  Late Work Policy: Since assignments are posted two weeks in advance of their  due date, there should be plenty of time to complete them before the Dropbox in  eLearn closes. No late work will be accepted except in special circumstances  after the student consults with the instructor.   Attendance Policy: Attendance will be taken for every class meeting time.  Phones and other social media devices will be off during class. Their usage will  count as an absence.   Expectations for Student Class Behavior:  Volunteer State Community College  There is no food or drink allowed in the classroom.  Cell phones are off.  Inclement Weather Policy: If Volunteer State Community College is officially  closed, postpone your proctored Midterm Term or Final Exam in the Learning  Commons until the college reopens.  Online assignments continue even if the campus is closed.  Students with Disabilities: Students who have learning, psychological, and/or  physical disabilities may be eligible for accommodations that provide equal  access to educational programs and activities. It is the student’s responsibility to  self­identify with the Office of Disability Services to receive accommodations and  services in accordance with Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act and The  Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADA/AA).  Only those students with appropriate documentation and who are registered with the Office of  Disability Services will receive accommodations.  For further information, contact  the Office of Disability Services at (615) 230­3472, online by visiting Vol State's  Disability Services website, or visit the office which is located in Room 108,  Wood Campus Center.  Non­Discrimination Policy: It is the intent of Volunteer State Community  College to fully comply with Executive Order 11246, as amended, the  Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Vietnam Era Veterans  Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended, and all regulations implementing those  laws and orders, for the promotion and ensuring of equal opportunity for all  persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or status as a qualified disabled veteran or  veteran of the Vietnam era. It is the intent of VSCC to be free of discrimination or  harassment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age,  disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, or physical  appearance.  It is the intent of VSCC to fully comply with Titles VI and VII of the  Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the CRA of 1991, Title IX of the  Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, as  amended, the Age discrimination in Employment Act of 1976, the Age  Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the  American with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicable state statutes and all  regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.  Title IX Policy: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be  excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to  discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. 20 U.S.C. § 1681. Volunteer State Community College  Financial Aid Policy: Students who are receiving Title IV financial assistance  (Pell Grant, Student Loan or SEOG Grant) must regularly attend class or be  subject to repay PART or ALL of the Federal Financial Aid received for the  semester.  Academic Dishonesty and Cheating: Academic dishonesty is a serious  violation and students should be aware of the College’s policy.  The VSCC  Student Handbook states the following with regard to academic  dishonesty: “Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of dishonesty are prohibited.  Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through  participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the  class. In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed  through the regular institutional procedures as a result of academic misconduct,  the instructor has the authority to assign an F or a zero for the exercise or  examination or to assign an F in the course.” NOTE:  Only the enrolled student for the course may log into the course.  Allowing  someone else to log into your course or logging into someone else’s course is  considered to be academic misconduct and will result in the same responses as  traditional classroom academic misconduct—failure for an assignment or failure for the  course. Communication There are two separate email systems at Volunteer State Community College. There is  the eLearn email system inside each course. There is also the Gmail email system.  Students need to check both email systems. For all communication about the course,  any course work or help with an assignment the student will use the eLearn email inside the course shell. All student emails to me should be replied to within 48 hours if not  within 24 hours. Volunteer State Community College


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