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Social Ethics (PHIL 2181)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course is an integration of applied ethics and service learning. You will engage the historical, theoretical, and contemporary landscape of social issues, such as social and economic justice, global hunger and poverty, terrorism, human rights, civil liberties, drug control and addiction, abortion, sexuality and marriage, and the environment. You will think critically about these social issues while integrating your service-learning experiences with a local nonprofit organization of your choice, working on one or more of these social issues. You will be required to fulfill your on-site service-learning hours (approximately 20-30 hours total) by the end of the semester. Must be taken A-F.

Topical Outline:
1. Introduction to Ethics and Service Learning
2. Critical Analysis and Empathy
3. Social Issues
4. Application of Divergent Ethical Theories to specific service-learning social issues

Learning Outcomes:
1. Become involved in the ethical dilemmas with which their service-learning communities engage
2. Explain how ethical questions and the responses to them are embedded in larger social contexts
3. Compare multicultural theories of applied ethics and their conclusions
4. Evaluate and apply multicultural ethical theories to social issues that arise in service-learning communities
5. Construct an ethical argument related to a social issue

Prerequisites:  ENGL 1110 or ENGA 1110

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