HUM1391 Morals

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HUM1391 Morals

This course will examine a number of central issues relating to moral philosophy. As humans, we have a moral code that influences our actions, and interactions with others. This course will examine the debate centered on two lines of thought: Either ethical principles, such as justice and human rights, are independent of human experience, or are human inventions. We will consider how varying views of the rightness or wrongness of an action, or inaction, provide guidance on contemporary moral issues.

You will gain a refined understanding of how culture relates to morals, and also probe many of the principles that can guide your progression in developing morality. As we examine the teachings and theories of various philosophers, you will be able to apply these to ethical issues as an exercise in practical application.


By the end of this course you will be better able to argue for or against significant claims regarding truth, with the additional benefit of being able to test ourselves and our arguments. You will be more adept at thinking abstractly, be able to identify moral failings, and be more self-aware. By the end of this course, all students should:

  • Be able to appreciate moral theory and the way it relates to practical issues
  • Have developed a capability to examine their own life, thoughts, and actions to become more aligned with high moral standards
  • Be able to practice philosophical thinking by understanding and assessing complex arguments
  • Be adept at applying moral theory to moral issues that they might face in their personal lives
  • Write a paper that uses moral philosophy to generate a clear, compelling argument for a specific thesis
  • Develop the ability to identify the morally relevant features within a particular case or social issue
  • Ability to reason from “good consequences” to “right actions”

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)

  • (2017) “Ethics Defined: Morals”. McCombs School of Business
  • (2017) “Ethics Defined: Ethics.” McCombs School of Business
  • (2017) Morality. Wikipedia
  • (2016) “Metaethics: Crash Course Philosophy #32.” Crash Course. PBS Digital Studios
  • (2016) “R&E Ethics: 02 Absolutism vs Relativism.” Dr Lynch
  • (2016) “Natural Law Theory: Crash Course Philosophy #34.” CrashCourse. PBS Digital Studios
  • (2015) Mores. Wikipedia
  • (2014) “All is Not Relative.” McCombs School of Business

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