Studies in Applied Ethics is an opportunity for SPC students to develop valuable critical thinking and moral reasoning skills that will serve them well not only in any future career, but also in their daily lives. The class is a practical overview of foundational concepts, questions, and issues in applied ethics. Special emphases are placed on practicing critical thinking and understanding central ethical ideas in both historical and contemporary ethical theories. Students will have the chance to examine a number of personal, social, and professional ethical issues; such issues may include conflicts of interest, academic integrity, ethical issues about the environment, problems in developing or emerging technologies, end-of-life decision-making (e.g., euthanasia), economic inequality, among many others. Some sections of PHI 1600 may have a more focused topic; these sections involve a closer examination of ethical problems in those topic areas. Special topic courses are available in health care, business, public safety, environmental, and sports ethics. Sections with special topics still satisfy the applied ethics general education requirement. Students will enjoy an active learning experience, increased student interaction and opportunities for independent thinking and research into ethical issues of personal interest. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements and meets the College's general education requirements for applied ethics (Note: Credit is not given for both PHI 1600 and any of the following courses: PHI 1603, PHI 1602H, PHI 1631, PHI 2621, PHI 2622, PHI 2635, or PHI 2649. Study Abroad opportunities may apply to this course).
Prerequisite: (REA 0017 and ENC 0025) Or EAP 1695 or Appropriate score on the college placement test.