National University




PHL337 Ethics

Lead Faculty: Dr. Melinda Campbell

Course Description

An examination of theories of value and ideological differences in practical applications to clarify ethical differences. Course emphasizes the dilemmas of personal and professional responsibility, including business and workplace circumstances, social relationships, and political practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, understand, and articulate important differences in diverse ethical systems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of philosophical methods for critical self-examination.
  • Identify and explain the main tenets of deontological ethical theories, teleological ethical theories, Divine Command ethical theories, situational ethics, and Natural Law ethical theories; demonstrate familiarity with the concepts of altruism, nihilism, egoism, hedonism, asceticism, and utilitarianism.
  • Analyze and evaluate typical moral decision-making procedures and value judgments based on an understanding of the ethical system or theory from which such values and judgments are determined.
  • Clearly articulate how different ethical systems compare and contrast with the student's own ethical perspective and particular ethical beliefs.