FACULTY OF BUSINESS

Department of Political Science and International Relations

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
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course Discussion
Case Study
Lecture / Presentation
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 Description 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? Introduction to Virtue Ethics 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 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 Utilitarian Approach: Jeremy Bentham 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.
5 Utilitarian Approach: John Stuart Mill Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 ss. 31-57. Ian Ward & Clare McGlynn (2015), “Women, Law, and John Stuart Mill,” Women’s History Review, pp. 1-27.
6 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.
7 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.
8 Case Analyses Review before the Mid-Term Movie: Extreme Measures (1996)
9 Ethics and Human Rights American Declaration of Independence (1776) Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen (1789) Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)
10 Animals and Climate Crisis Lori Gruen (2017), “The Moral Status of Animals,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta (ed.). URL: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/moral-animal/ (2017) UN Declaration of Ethical Principles in relation to Climate Change
11 Ethics and Science Steve Clarke et al. (2016), The Ethics of Human Enhancement: Understanding the Debate, Oxford University Press (NY), Intro & Ch. 1, pp. 1-42.
12 Student Presentations
13 Student Presentations
14 Student Presentations
15 Review of the Semester
16 Final Exam

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
25
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
35
Final Exam
1
40
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
3
60
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
0
Study Hours Out of Class
15
1
15
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
0
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
0
Presentation / Jury
1
12
12
Project
0
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
1
20
20
Final Exam
1
25
25
    Total
120

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to use the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired in the areas of Political Science and International Relations.

2

To be able to have the basic knowledge of, and make use of other disciplines which contribute to the areas of Political Science and International Relations.

3

To be able to distinguish the differences between classical and contemporary theories and to assess their relationship.

4

To be able to recognize regional and global issues, and develop solutions based on research.

5

To be able to assess the acquired knowledge and skills in the areas of Political Science and International Relations critically.

6

To be able to transfer ideas and proposals on issues in the areas of Political Science and International Relations to other people and institutions verbally and in writing.

7

To be able to identify the historical continuity and changes observed in the relations between the actors and institutions of national and international politics.

8

To be able to examine concepts, theories, and developments with scientific methods in the areas of Political Science and International Relations.

9

To be able to take responsibility as an individual and as a team member.

10

To be able to act in accordance with the scientific and ethical values in studies related to Political Science and International Relations.

11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Political Science and International Relations and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1).

12

To be able to speak a second foreign at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout human history to their field of experience.

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

 


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