Ethics/Honors Ethics

What is the good?  What does it mean to be happy?  How should we live our lives, and what methods should we use to decide which actions are right and wrong?  In this course, we will investigate general answers to these questions by reading some of the great authors in the history of Western ethics – including Plato, Aristotle, Epictetus, Kant, Bentham, and Mill.  We will then apply ethical theory to practice by studying selected topics in applied ethics.  For sections with a service-learning component, students will have a further opportunity to apply theory to practice through careful reflection on their experiences in the community.  Course assignments in all sections include in-class exams and weekly, in-class participation exercises designed to stimulate discussion and reflection.