Course Schedule (PHI 1600 | Fall 2018)
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DateTopicRequired Readings / VideosNotes
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8/20/2018Course IntroductionCourse Syllabus; Course Schedule
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8/22/2018Critical Thinking, Part 1Giving Reasons, Introduction and Chs. 1-2
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8/27/2018Critical Thinking, Part 2Giving Reasons, Chs. 3-5
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8/29/2018Critical Thinking, Part 3Giving Reasons, Chs. 6-7 and Appendix B
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9/3/2018LABOR DAY (NO CLASS)
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9/5/2018Law, Culture, and MoralityMartin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail"; James Rachels, "The Challenge of Cultural Relativism"
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9/10/2018Ethical Starting PointsRuss Schafer-Landau, "Ethical Starting Points"
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9/12/2018Moral Theory, Part 1Peg Tittle, "The Trolley Problem"; Lewis Vaughn, Doing Ethics, Ch. 4 (pp. 65-70)
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9/17/2018Moral Theory, Part 2Lewis Vaughn, Doing Ethics, Ch. 7
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9/19/2018Unit 1 Exam
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9/24/2018Giving to CharitySinger, The Life You Can Save, Chs. 1-2
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9/26/2018Career ChoiceMacAskill, "Replaceability, Career Choice, and Making a Difference"
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10/1/2018Trigger Warnings & College ClassroomsLukianoff and Haidt, "The Coddling of the American Mind"; Manne, "Why I Use Trigger Warnings"
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10/3/2018ProcreationKolbert, "The Case Against Kids"; Astor, "No Children Because of Climate Change?"
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10/8/2018Sex & ConsentMcGregor, Is It Rape?, pp. 106-110; Dixon, "Alcohol and Rape"
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10/10/2018The Ethics of Meat-EatingNorcross, "Puppies, Pigs, and People"
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10/15/2018Consumer EthicsCassidy, "Women Shopping and Women Sweatshopping"
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10/17/2018Unit 2 Exam
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10/19/2018Zootopia Screening at 6:00 pm in FAO 248
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10/22/2018Introduction to Behavioral EthicsBlind Spots, Ch. 1; Zootopia
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10/24/2018Prejudice and Bias, Part 1Blind Spots, Ch. 2 and Ch. 3 (pp. 38-48); Uhlmann & Cohen, “Constructed Criteria”
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10/29/2018Prejudice and Bias, Part 2O'Connor, "Are Women Worse at Math? It's Time to Stop Asking"; Singal, "Psychology’s Favorite Tool for Measuring Racism Isn’t Up to the Job"; Westacott, "How Not to Accuse Someone of Prejudice"
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10/31/2018Why We Aren't As Ethical as We ThinkBlind Spots, Ch. 4; Danziger, Levav & Avnaim-Pesso, “Extraneous Factors in Judicial Decisions”; Ariely, “Our Buggy Moral Code”
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11/5/2018Ignoring Unethical ConductBlind Spots, Ch. 5Commentary Due
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11/7/2018IntegrityMcFall, “Integrity”; Calhoun, “Standing for Something”Unit 3 Study Guide Posted
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11/12/1018VETERAN'S DAY (NO CLASS)
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11/14/2018Improving Moral BehaviorBlind Spots, Ch. 8 (pp. 152–159); Tropp & Godsil, “Overcoming Implicit Bias and Racial Anxiety”; Ronson, "When Online Shaming Goes Too Far"
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11/16/2018Term Paper Abstracts Due
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11/19/2018Unit 3 Exam
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11/21/2018Units 1 & 2 ReviewNone
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11/26/2018What Makes People's Lives Go Better?NoneTerm Paper Drafts Due
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11/28/2018Course ConclusionNone
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12/5/2018Exam Retakes During Final Exam Period (7:30 am - 9:30 am)
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12/7/2018Term Papers, Units 1 & 2 Review, and Any Remaining Coursework Due at Noon
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