Philosophy 310

PHIL 310: Professional Ethics

Prerequisite: Three hours of Philosophy

Credit Hours: (3)

This course examines contemporary ethical issues presented by various disciplines and professions in light of ethical theories.  This course will focus on ethical questions and problems that arise in a variety of professions including medicine, law, nursing, education, social work, and journalism.


Detailed Description of the Course

This course will provide an overview and examination of the field of professional ethics as it focuses on the duties of professionals.  This course will begin with the presentation and examination of various models of relationships between professionals and clients and then delineate the basic duties and obligations that professionals have to clients, third parties, employers, and professions. This course will consider problems that arise in the application of these duties to specific professions.  We will consider specific case studies and problems from different professions including medicine, law, education, social work, and journalism.


Detailed Description of the Conduct of the Course

Students seem to learn best when material is presented to them through a variety of teaching techniques. In turn, the following techniques may be used in this course: lectures, discussions, small group presentations, videos, individual and/or group presentations by students, field trips, and guest speakers. For example, ethical theories may be presented primarily through lecture complemented by class discussion, small group work, or individual and/or group presentations. The relationship and application of these ethical theories to specific problems in particular professions may be introduced through guest speakers, videos, field trips, and service learning projects.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. To provide students with an understanding of theoretical approaches to ethics
2. To provide students with an understanding of the relationship between ethical theory and the field of professional ethics
3. To assist students in enhancing their critical reading, writing, and thinking skills by guiding them through analysis of problems in professional ethics
4. To assist students in enhancing their written and oral communication skills as well as their research skills
5. To enhance students' understanding of how philosophy can illuminate, clarify, and begin to address pertinent social questions, specifically in the field of professional ethics.


Assessment Measures

Assessment measures will vary according to the theoretical and practical dimensions of the course. For example, essay examinations, quizzes, objective tests, written assignments, individual and/or group presentations, and evaluation of class participation may serve as methods of assessing students' understanding of ethical theories. Students' ability to apply ethical theories may be assessed by student journals, individual and/or group presentations, projects, research papers, service learning projects, and evaluation of class participation and class attendance.


Other Course Information



Approval and Subsequent Reviews

January 27, 1997 New course Approved by VPAA
September 18, 2001 Reviewed Kim Kipling
October 2001 Title change, catalog description change Approved by UGCCRC