|Dr. Ellen Miller
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for Contemporary Moral Problems: IMPORTANT CLASS--BE SURE
TO ATTEND: For December 5th: Read Hardin, Singer, Arthur articles. Review announcement
page below for course details.
Rough Drafts due November 28th (8-10 pages with Bibliography)--No new reading due for this
date. Bring 2 copies of draft, one with name on it for me and one without your name for
peer evaluation work in class on the 28th
due December 19th (by noon): My mailbox, Philosophy and Religion
Department, Third Floor, Bunce Hall. No Late Papers will be accepted.
December 12 (will have at least 6 new entries since last journal collection, approximately
12 pages total). Answer study questions for assigned readings in your journals
journal due for this date. We will have our class debate and then I'll be available for
individual help with papers/assignments
read articles by Hardin, Singer and Arthur: These articles discuss what our
duties are to other countries in need (very relevant to today's situation), what are our
obligations to those in other countires who are starving?
schedule below--IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COURSE--READ CAREFULLY
Please click here for
Outline assignment due November 14
Don't forget to write
(type!) in your journal once per week (1-2 pages per week). Use Study Questions at end of
each section and questions posed in class for guidance.
and Dates: Euthanasia (Oct 17), Affirmative Action (Oct 31), Prozac/Ritalin Use (Nov 21),
Stem Cell Research/Human Cloning (Nov 14)
Please click here for information on TOPIC PROPOSALS
due October 3
Journals due October 10 (you need at least 5 entries). Please
see syllabus below for details
Course Description and Objectives
In this course we will examine,
analyze and discuss issues in contemporary applied ethics from a multicultural
perspective. We will explore issues such as world hunger, discrimination, war,
environmental ethics, euthanasia, human rights, gender roles, and cloning. The
philosophical study of ethics raises numerous questions, namely:
- Is ethical knowledge possible?
- How do we resolve conflicts among the sources of ethical
- Which are the most important values for leading an ethical
- What are communities responsible for?
- What determines the rightness or wrongness of a particular
social policy or law?
Applied ethics asks these
questions within the framework of specific contemporary issues. One of the objectives of
this course is to help you develop and articulate your own answers to these issues.
Through discussion, debate, writing, and listening we will also work towards articulating
and analyzing viewpoints that differ from our own. Your work in this course may also help
you contribute to a more informed discussion of moral issues as they arise in your
personal and social lives.
If you have a disability which may require assistance or
accommodations, or you have questions related to any accommodations for testing, note
takers, readers, etc..., please speak with me as soon as possible.
I. Required Text (Available at
Rowan University Bookstore: Phone 256-4660)
Applied Ethics: A Multicultural Approach, edited by
Larry May, Shari Collins-Chobanian, Kai Wong, Third Edition, Prentice Hall
II. Assignments and Grading
||Percentage of Grade
|Debate: One page
outline due day of debate and Response Paper due 2 weeks Following Debate (approx. 3
||Decided by student
[Including Topic proposal (5%), Research plan and bibliography (5%), Outline(5%), First
Draft(5%) and Final Draft (25%)] Details to follow. There will also be a class seminar
devoted to writing Philosophy papers.
||See syllabus for due
Dec 12: Final paper due
III: Academic Honesty Policy
All forms of academic dishonesty,
namely, cheating on exams, submitting plagiarized or fabricated work from another
persons book or web-site, submitting another persons work without informing
the instructor, or engaging in any kind of deception that would bear on the evaluation of
submitted work will be dealt with in a strict manner. If you find yourself thinking
about submitting work that is not your own due to pressure, frustration, or perfectionism,
please come talk to me. I am here to help you resolve these issues before they become
a problem for your academic career at Rowan and beyond.
Plagiarism is an extremely serious
academic offense. Penalties can range from getting zero on the assignment through getting
an F in the course to being expelled from the university. The best way to avoid plagiarism
is to be as thorough as possible in documenting the sources you rely on for the claims you
make in your papers. One common reason for plagiarism is confusion about when
documentation is and is not required. I am always happy to talk to you about any and all
issues related to plagiarism.
IV. Attendance, Lateness, and Class Policies
This course will emphasize
dialogue, exchange, and debate with your peers and the professor. It is important that you
attend class so that you can participate in the discussions. There will be opportunity for
students to practice writing through informal class writing activities.
- Please arrive for class on-time
- Please turn off cell-phones, pagers, and beepers before
- In order to enhance student learning, please do not engage
in side conversations during class
- More than 4 unexcused absences will result in grade
V. Late Papers and Exams
- Students are responsible for assignments, homework, group
work missed due to illness. Please check with instructor or classmate concerning
assignments given during missed classes.
- Students are responsible for all scheduled and announced
tests, assignments, and papers. If you have an emergency, please notify the instructor
as soon as possible to arrange an extension. Extensions will be granted at the
discretion of the instructor.
- Unexcused late work will be penalized. Components of
paper handed in late will receive a one point deduction for each day late (assignments are
worth 5 points each). Final papers handed in late will receive a half letter grade
deduction (5%)for each day late.
VI. Journal Requirements
Your journal is a place for you to
practice writing, reflect upon readings for class or materials you find on your own, pose
questions, discuss issues raised in class lectures and discussions. Your journal
entries are to be typed, double-spaced, with date of each entry at the beginning of your
writing. Please write in your journals twice each week (approx. 1-2 pages per
week). I will evaluate the thoughtfulness of your journal entries, time spent writing your
entries, variety of topics explored and analyzed. Informal writing is an important way of
improving your formal writing. I also will use the journals to determine which topics
require greater examination and discussion in class.
VII. Calendar: Subject to change according to class discussionsPlease keep
informed about changes.
Please read material PRIOR to class
meeting. You will get more from the lectures and discussions if you read the articles
before our meetings. Some readings are more difficult than others and may require a second
(or third) reading. Please bring your questions to class so we can work through
difficult concepts, arguments, ideas together.
entry (every week)
essay and Nussbaum article
||Human Rights and
Justice: p. 42-72 (UN Declaration, Mill, ONeill, Dworkin)
||Global Views on
Rights and Justice: p.72-82 (Bunch); 94-122 (Ake, Ames, Inada)
Steinbock, Wolf, Becker
regarding writing to class (Written)
proposals due for Paper
Writing Philosophy Papers
||Racial and Ethnic Discrimination: Graves,
McIntosh, Boxill, Steele
will be collected
and the Remaking of the Self: Kramer, Evers, Holm, Hopkins
||War and Violence:
Lackey, Khatchadourian, Wilkins
plan and Bibliography due for Paper
||War and Violence:
King, McGary, Gandhi, Ruddick
||Debate on Affirmative Action
||Gender Roles and
Morality: Gilligan, Blankenhorn, Anderson and Abu-Lughod
Debate on Stem Cell Research/Cloning
||Debate on Prozac/Ritalin Use
||Peer evaluation of rough
||Read Hardin, Singer, Arthur
questions #1, 3, 4
||Optional: I will be available
for assistance with your final papers
Collected(hand in entire journal for whole semester--you can re-do journals from the first
half of the semester--hand in original journal with new journal so I can compare your
||Final Paper Due:
Noon--No Late papers accepted without prior discussion
||Hand in papers to the
Philosophy Department, Bunce Hall
I hope this course will be productive, informative, and
fun! I look forward to hearing your views on these contemporary moral issues throughout
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