Philosophy 332: Ethics Applied to the Professions
This course applies the ethical theories studied in Philosophy 331 (or
in the first half of Philosophy 330) to several contemporary moral questions,
where the questions chosen are of particular interest to the medical, business,
legal, and other professions. These questions include the rights and responsibilities
of professionals, patients, and consumers; euthanasia and abortion; sexual
harassment and affirmative action; the social and financial responsibilities
of corporations; human sexuality, pornography, and the family; the role
of the law in legislating and enforcing morality. Three credits.
Prerequisite: Philosophy 331 (or the first half of Philosophy
The class will have a 'lecture and discussion' format. The professor will
introduce a topic with a summary of the relevant arguments or a commentary
on a text. This will be followed by questions and discussion of the material
by the class as a whole (e.g., points of clarification or criticism and
of comparison; comments on the relations between or among different issues).
Students are expected to have prepared the readings before class, to attend
all of the classes and to participate in discussion.
Students who have more than 3 unjustified absences in a term will be penalized.
It is essential in learning how to do philosophy that students be prepared
to ask and answer questions in class.
Students should make a point of reading and reviewing the material on these
Review of ethical theories; contract theories (Rawls)
The Rights and Responsibilities of Legislators
Freedom of Speech and Censorship
Punishment and Capital Punishment
The Rights and Responsibilities of Patients and Health Care Professionals
Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide
The Rights and Responsibilities of Consumers and Corporations
Workplace Ethics and Sexual Harassment
The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens
Gender Roles, Marriage, Sexual Morality, and the Family
Hunger and Poverty
Texts / Readings:
available from the instructor / articles from philosophy journals
Method of Evaluation:
Group presentations - 20%
Written assignment (March) - 35 %
Final examination (April) - 45 %