Spring 2022 - PHIL 221 D100
Ethical Theory (3)
Class Number: 7338
Delivery Method: In Person
An examination of the major ethical theories, including deontology, consequentialism and virtue ethics. Applications of these theories and related topics in value theory may also be discussed.
This course is a survey-based introduction to major views in normative ethics (about what is right and what kind of person you should be) and metaethics (about the “objectivity” of morality). Readings will be drawn from historical and contemporary sources. We will discuss religion and the metaethical views of nihilism, relativism, and realism. We will cover the normative ethical views of consequentialism, Kantianism, virtue ethics, and ethics of care. We will also look at other approaches to ethical questions, including egoism, feminism, Marxism, as well as the role of traditions and social conventions.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
PHIL 221 is a required course for the Philosophy Major. It may also be applied towards the Certificate in Ethics.
You will gain the ability to understand and engage with philosophical texts, apply highly theoretical ideas to real and fictional situations, and (hopefully) achieve a broader understanding of the surrounding world and your place in it. You will learn different views about the nature of morality, learn views about what we should do and how we should be, and be informed about ways that these views and other considerations feed into a wide variety of ethical debates.
- Quizzes 20%
- Two short papers (around 1,000 words) – each worth 25% 50%
- Final exam 30%
Course delivery: In-person
Written work for this course will be submitted via Turnitin, a third party service licensed for use by SFU. Turnitin is used for originality checking to help detect plagiarism. Students will be required to create an account with Turnitin, and to submit their work via that account, on the terms stipulated in the agreement between the student and Turnitin. This agreement includes the retention of your submitted work as part of the Turnitin database. Any student with a concern about using the Turnitin service may opt to use an anonymous identity in their interactions with Turnitin. Students who do not intend to use Turnitin in the standard manner must notify the instructor at least two weeks in advance of any submission deadline. In particular, it is the responsibility of any student using the anonymous option (i.e. false name and temporary e-mail address created for the purpose) to inform the instructor such that the instructor can match up the anonymous identity with the student.
Russ Shafer-Landau, The Fundamentals of Ethics, 5th Edition. ISBN: 9780190058333
E-copies of textbook are available online through VitalSource,
All other readings will be made available via Canvas.
Department Undergraduate Notes:
Thinking of a Philosophy Major or Minor? The Concentration in Law and Philosophy? The Certificate in Ethics? The Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate?
Contact the PHIL Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org More details on our website: SFU Philosophy
New elective grade policy : P/CR/NC, pilot project for 2021 and Spring 2022. List of exclusions for the new policy. Specifically for Philosophy:
- Students can use a P or CR to satisfy any requirement for a major, joint major, honours, or minor in Philosophy (with the exception of Honours tutorials).
- Students can use a P or CR to satisfy any prerequisite requirement for any PHIL course.
- Students can use a P (but not a CR) to satisfy any requirement for the Ethics Certificate, or the Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate.
- Philosophy Majors and Honours students can use a P (but not a CR) to satisfy any WQB requirement.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.
Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html
TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2022
Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place. Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).
Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required. You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.
Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (email@example.com or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.