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Alma College
 PHL126: Introduction to Values
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Fall 2001

PHL126
INTRODUCTION TO VALUES

INSTRUCTOR: Larry Hauser

email:  hauser@alma.edu
 Office:  SAC 347
Phone: 7219
Office Hours: MWF: 11:00-12:20 or by appointment

Virtual Office:: http://www.wutsamada.com/aol/lshauser/virtoff.html

Movie still from Do the Right Thing Dir: Spike Lee
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TEXTS (required):

DESCRIPTION: This class explores moral values, the nature of ethical judgments, and the bases for moral or ethical decisions through the consideration of controversial contemporary issues. Focuses include equality, racism, sexism, and affirmative action; animal rights, vegetarianism and animal research; the nature of personhood and the right to life; fetal rights and abortion; euthanasia and the right to die; poverty and the distribution of wealth; refugees and immigration; environmental ethics; and issues concerning morality and legality arising, e.g., in connection with nonviolent (or even violent) resistence to legal authority and attempts to legislate "morality" through the prosecution of "victimless crimes" (e.g., the "War on Drugs"). After a brief introductory survey of various ethical theories and theoretical issues, students will write and present essays attempting to apply theoretical principles to resolve (or, at least, clarify) various practical ethical dillemas which -- both individually and collectively -- we face.  (See calendar below for dates and details.)

GRADES WILL BE BASED ON

ASSIGNMENT
DUE DATES & EXPLANATIONS
 VALUE
Commentaries & Quizzes
periodic
1/5 of course
Midterm Examination
Wednesday October 17
 1/5 of course
Term Paper
drafts due on slated presentation date: rewrite due 12/4
1/5 of course
Final Examination
as scheduled
1/5 of course
Participation
regular: documentation due 12/4
1/5 of course

 
APPROXIMATE COURSE CALENDAR
Class meets 2:30-3:50 MW in SAC 108: note exceptions below 
MON
TUE
WED
THU
FRI
Labor Day
Sept. 4
A Well Spent Life
Video & Discussion
Alma 
Convocation
Sept. 7
What is Morality: Rachels pp.1-19: 
Cultural Relativism: pp.20-36
Sept. 11
Subjectivism: pp.37-52
Morality and Religion: pp.53-69
Sept. 13
Sept. 14
Discussion 
& Quiz
Sept. 18
Psychological Egoism: pp.70-81
Ethical Egoism: pp.82-95
Sept. 20
Sept. 21
Utilitarianism: pp.96-106
Criticisms of Utilitarianism: pp.107-121
Sept. 25
Discussion 
& Quiz
Sept. 27
Sept. 28
Kant & Absolute Rules: pp.122-131
Kant & Dignity: pp.132-142
Oct. 2
Social Contract Theory: pp.143-161
Feminism and "Care": pp.162-174
Oct. 4
Oct. 5
Virtue Ethics: pp.175-193
Discussion & Quiz
Oct. 9
Midterm Review: pass out
sign up sheet for presentations
Oct. 11
Oct. 12
Midterm Examination: sign up 
sheets for presentaions collected
Oct. 16
Lecture: On Singer on Ethics: pp.1-15: 314-335
Presentation topics & Dates Assigned
Oct. 18
Oct. 19
Lecture: On Singer
on Equality: pp.16-82
Oct. 23
Equality: Affirmative Action
pp.16-54
Oct. 25
Oct. 26
Animal Rights: Animal Research & 
Animal Suffering: pp.55-82
Oct. 30
Lecture: Singer on Klling
 pp. 83-109
Nov. 1
Nov. 2
Killing Animals & Vegetarianism
pp.110-134
Nov. 6
Fetal Rights & Abortion: 
pp.135-174
Nov. 8
Nov. 9
Euthanasia
pp. 175-217
Nov. 13
Lecture: Singer on Society:
pp. 218-313
Nov. 15
Nov. 16
Rich and Poor
pp.218-246
Nov. 20
Insiders and Outsiders: 
Immigration: pp.247-263
Thanksgiving
Day
Nov. 23
Environmental Ethics
pp.264-288
 Nov. 27
Legality, Morality, and 
Civil Disobedience: pp.289-313
Nov. 29
Nov. 30
Discussion 
& Consultation
Dec. 3
Final  Review
rewrites & other submissions due
Dec. 5
Dec. 6
Dec. 9
Finals Week
Dec. 10
Finals Week
Dec. 11
Finals Week
Dec. 12
Finals Week
Dec. 13
MON
TUE
WED
THU
FRI

Final Examination Schedule:
http://www.alma.edu/services/registrar/exams.php
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Alma College Academic Integrity Policy:
http://www.alma.edu/services/studentaffairs/section1.htm#Academic Integrity

Alma 2001 Academic Calendar
http://www.alma.edu/services/registrar/calendar.php