GEET 304 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Ethical Decision Making
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GEET 304
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives Ethics is the study of how we ought to live well and how to live rightly. This course aims each student to have the opportunity to think deeply and systematically about the primary components of living a good human life and begin a lifelong process of reflection and self-scrutiny regarding her or his own life.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Define the major traditional theories, thinkers, and concepts in ethics
  • Analyze ethical problems, and defend his or her views both orally and in writing Develop critical thinking and writing skills
  • Apply these theories, concepts and principles both to controversial moral and social issues and to everyday ethical decision-making
  • Engage substantive personal reflection about the relationship between moral obligations and values and living a good human life
  • Develop critical thinking and writing skills
Course Content This course is designed as an introduction to moral philosophy through a number of central issues. The main aim of the course, therefore, is to introduce students with major theories, thinkers and concepts of ethics. Successful students will be able to apply these concepts and theories to controversial moral issues as well as to their personal, everyday life in a reflective manner.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to the course: Objectives and Expectations
2 Moralism vs. Morality - What is ethics? How do we decide? Simon Blackburn, “Introduction,” in Ethics: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, pp. 1-9. Robert C. Solomon / Kathleen M. Higgins, “Introduction: Doing Philosophy,” in the Big Questions: A Short Introduction to Philosophy, Wadsworth, pp. 3-7.
3 Introduction to Virtue Ethics Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010, pp. 184-207. Supplementary Readings: Alain de Botton, Consolation of Philosophy, Ch. 1: “Unpopularity”.
4 Virtue Ethics - Case analysis (Movie Screening) Movie: Agora (2009), Director: Alejandro Amenábar
5 Review: Virtue Ethics Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 ss. 184-207. Supplementary Readings: Plato, The Apology (of Socrates); Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics: Alasdair McIntyre, A Short History of Ethics, 1998, British Library ss.57-83.
6 MIDTERM I
7 Introduction to Utilitarian Approach Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 ss. 31-57. Alain de Botton, Consolation of Philosophy, Ch. 2: “Not Having Enough Money”. Supplementary Reading: John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859.
8 Utilitarian Approach - Case analysis (Movie Screening) Movie: Eye in the Sky, Director: Gavin Hood
9 Review: Utilitarian Approach Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 ss. 31-57. Supplementary Reading: John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859; Alasdair McIntyre, A Short History of Ethics, 1998, British Library ss. 227-243.
10 MIDTERM II
11 Introduction to Deontological Approach Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 ss. 103-139. Supplementary Reading: Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals.
12 Deontological Approach - Case analysis (Movie Screening) Movie: The Reader, (2008), Director: Stephen Daldry
13 Review: Deontological Approach Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 ss. 103-139. Supplementary Reading: Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals.
14 Markets and Morals / Selected Topic in Contemporary Discussions on Ethics Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 ss. 75-102. Supplementary reading will be announced by instructor.
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Textbooks
References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
14
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
10
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
50
Final / Oral Exam
1
30
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
17
70
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
30
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
15
1
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
20
Final / Oral Exam
1
25
    Total
128

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to scientifically examine concepts and ideas in the field of sociology; to be able to interpret and evaluate data.
2 To be able to define classical and contemporary theories in sociology; to be able to identify the differences and similarities among those theories and to be able to evaluate them.
3 To be able to critically use the knowledge acquired in the field of sociology
4 To be able to plan and conduct, individually or as a member of a team, an entire sociological research process with the knowledge of methodological requirements of the field.
5 To be able to identify and evaluate local, regional and global issues and problems.
6 To be able to share their ideas and solutions supplemented by qualitative and quantitative data in written and oral forms.
7 To be able to make use of other disciplines related to sociology and to have core knowledge related to those disciplines.
8 To be able to follow developments in sociology and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1)
9 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level)
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To have social and scholarly values and ethical principles during the collection and interpretation of data for implementation, publication, dissemination, and maintenance
12 To acquire life long learning abilities that will enable the socially responsible application of knowledge based on their field of study to their professional and everyday lives.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest