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The course schedule (below) is subject to change. Look out for updates via email!
|1. January 30th||2. February 1st|
|Introduction to the course||“All About Arguments”|
|3. February 6th – NO LECTURE||4. February 8th|
|Read Session 3 Slides (+ supplemental slides) & take online quiz (before 11:59pm on Feb 7th) for attendance credit||Harman, “Ethics and Observation”|
|February 13th||5. February 15th|
|NO CLASS (Baruch closed for Lincoln’s Birthday)||Rachels, “The Challenge of Cultural Relativism”
February 19th is the last day to drop the course without any marks on your transcript.
|February 20th||6. February 22st|
|NO CLASS (Baruch closed for Presidents Day)||Smith, “A Theory of Moral Sentiments” (excerpt)|
|7. February 27st||8. March 1st|
|Strawson, “The Impossibility of Moral Responsibility”||Milgram, “The Perils of Obedience”
**Download Take Home Exam #1**
|9. March 6th||10. March 8th|
|Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (excerpts)||Annas, “Virtue Ethics and the Charge of Egoism”
★TAKE HOME EXAM #1 DUE
|11. March 13th||12. March 15th|
|Hobbes, Leviathan (excerpt) & Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality (excerpt)||Held, “Non-Contractual Society: A Feminist View”|
|13. March 20th||March 22nd|
|Nussbaum, “Capabilities and Human Rights”||NO CLASS (Professor at a Conference)|
|14. March 27th||15. March 29th|
|Mill, Utilitarianism (excerpts)||Singer, “Famine, Affluence, and Morality”|
|16. April 3rd||17. April 5th|
|O’Neill, “A Simplified Account of Kant’s Ethics”||Thomson, “Killing, Letting Die, and the Trolley Problem”
★TAKE HOME EXAM #2 DUE
|April 10th||April 12th|
NO CLASS (SPRING BREAK)
|April 17th||18. April 19th||19. April 20th (CUNY Monday)|
|Young, Five Faces of Oppression (Part I)
April 19th is the last day to withdraw from the course with a grade of ‘W’
|Young, Five Faces of Oppression (Part II)
*DEBATE TOPICS BALLOT*: Complete by 11:59pm on Friday, April 21st. Debate teams assignments will be sent out on Saturday the 22nd.
|20. April 24th||21. April 26th|
|Wolf, “Moral Saints”
|Applied Ethics Mini-Lecture on
Non-MonogamySession 21 Slides
In-class Debate Prep with Teams
|22. May 1st||23. May 3rd|
|In-class Debate Prep with Teams
★TAKE HOME EXAM #3 DUE
|DEBATE #1: Is abortion morally permissible?
|24. May 8th||25. May 10th|
|DEBATE #2: Would it be moral for United States to institute a maximum wage on the super-wealthy to facilitate wealth distribution?
|DEBATE #3: Should people be allowed to end their lives through euthanasia (assisted suicide)?
|26. May 15th||27. May 17th|
|DEBATE #4: Is it morally acceptable for parents to choose their children’s traits via genetic engineering?
|DEBATE #5: Is capital punishment (the death penalty) morally permissible?
|May 22nd, 11:59pm||May 24th, 11:59pm|
|★DEBATE REPORTS DUE||★ DISCUSSION POSTS DUE|