HUM2166 Ethics II

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HUM2166 Ethics II

This course will enhance your understanding of ethics relative to human behavior and will help you develop a clearer picture of important theories of moral philosophy. It will provide an expansive but fairly detailed examination of the central issues of moral philosophy. You will expand your knowledge of the questions that recur in ethical debate, such as why some people are more likely to cheat than others, how fairness is applied in various situations and how adaptability shapes our views and feelings.

You will begin to understand how to apply these moral philosophies and concepts to contemporary moral problems so that you can arrive at relatively sensible positions. You will be better able to assess whether values are generally in decline and how this affects people’s behavior and decision making.


This course will aid the student in identifying ethical issues and their application to real world problems. As you learn the status of ethical theories and claims you will discover whether there are objective truths about how we ought to live, or if ethics is ultimately a matter of subjective opinions. By the end of this course, all students should:

  • Develop a general understanding of moral arguments and moral theory
  • Appreciate the way in which moral theory is relevant to practical issues
  • Understand how a rational argument is presented in the context of morality and the limits and scope of such arguments
  • Comprehend the difference between good and bad arguments and be able to assess the arguments of others
  • Develop critical thinking and writing skills and become a more creative problem solver
  • Be able to recognize, confront, and think critically about various issues and social problems that we encounter daily
  • Become better able to articulate ways in which the study of ethics can influence their perception of society and themselves

Full-CLC Students

“A CLC award signifies that the student has attained the knowledge, (through either prior education or experience), equal to or greater than the student would have learned in a traditional college course.”

“Based upon your CLC award, physical classroom attendance is not required; however, you will be required to successfully pass a final exam for each course.”

Based upon your HESEAP Application, you have received full-CLC for this course; therefore, this is a test-out course which does not include traditional education on the subject.

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(The majority of the exam questions for this course are based upon information contained in the below search topics)

  • (2018) The Reciprocation Principles – The Six Principles of Influence
  • Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • (2014) Duty based Ethics
  • (2013) Statement of Values: William Frey, Jose A Cruz
  • (2011) Dan Ariely: Adaptive Responses. Pop tech. Available at:
  • (2009) Why we think it's OK to cheat and steal (sometimes) | Dan Ariely.
  • (2013) Introduction to Ethics -

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