Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy 7
 Course Information

Introduction to Ethics
as presented by Mike Monge

The study of Ethics is a challenging task, but one which you will hopefully find rewarding.  Ultimately, the study of Ethics may tell you more about who you are and what you believe than provide you with any undoubtably true moral principles, but knowing oneself is a key component of wisdom.  In this course, as in any ethics course, you will learn what other people have said about morality, and you will gain practice in analyzing what they have to say.  You will learn that it is extraordinarily easy to say what is right and wrong, but extraordinarily difficult to say why it is right or wrong.

What should you learn about in this course:


Expect to do some writing in this course. There is no better way for you to show me that you completely understand the material.

It is possible to get an A in this course, but it will take hard work. During the Intersession in 2016 when I taught an Ethics course at Orange Coast College, my grade distribution was as follows:

 Number of Students
 11 students
52.4 %
8 students
38.1 %
 1 student
4.8 %
 0 students
0 %
 1 student
4.8 %
 total completed
 21 students
 1 student of 22
4.5 % of 22 

   Every class is different of course, but this was a very unusual grade distribution. I suspect that more students who regulary earn A's and B's take more intersession classes than other students. Your grade will depend on your work, of course, but a more typical pattern in my classes is 10-20% A's, 15-25% B's, 20-40% C's, 10-20% D's, 5-15% F's, and 10-30% who withdraw from the course.

Textbook:  Do the Right Thing by Francis J. Beckwith

The book I am currently using is the Ethical Choices, by Burnor and Raley. It's focus is on ethical theory, but it includes many cases to be analyzed. Click on the link or the picture to go to the publishers website to get more information on the book or its contents.

I hope to see you in my class!