PHIL 316 - FALL 2018 - DR. KEITH KORCZ
How To Reach Professor Keith Korcz:
My office is in H. L. Griffin Hall,
rm. 563. My office hours are MWF 11:00 – 12:00, MW 2:15 - 4:15, and Th
12:00 – 3:00. We can also meet at other times by arrangement - just
ask. The best way to contact me (or ask questions) is by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. My office phone number is 482-6806.
1. "Professional Ethics" Course Pack (available only via the Moodle course page).
Assignments & Grading:
will be three required in-class exams, the two during the semester each
worth 30% of your course grade, and the cumulative final exam worth 40%
of your course grade. The in-class exams will consist primarily of
short answer and multiple-choice questions. However, all make-up exams
will be primarily essay. The exams will cover both lectures and
assigned readings (material in lectures and assigned readings will not
always overlap). All exams are closed book/closed note. There is also
one required extra-credit assignment.
The course grades will initially be determined according to the
standard scale, i.e., 90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D,
59% and below = F, and then may be modified as follows: Course
grades might be curved, but, if so, the curve would not be such that
any student's grade is lowered. Such factors as improvement over the
length of the course, class participation, etc., may be taken into
consideration, especially where doing so may improve a borderline
grade. You must complete all required assignments (namely all three
exams and the required extra-credit assignment) to receive a passing
grade (i.e., a grade other than F, NC or U).
If you miss class, for whatever reason, it is your
responsibility to get class notes from another student. Missed
assignments can be made up, and absences excused, only if an
appropriate excuse, e.g., illness requiring medical attention,
participation in certain university-sponsored events, dangerous
weather, etc., is provided. If you miss an assignment due date, you
must notify me within one week of either the due date or the cessation
of a medically documented persistent vegetative state in order to make
up the assignment. An unexcused late assignment will be dropped 2/3 of
a letter grade per day it is late. Disability Accommodations:
For every five unexcused absences or partial absences, your course
grade will be dropped by a letter grade. Remember to turn cell phones
off and to put them away. Neither lectures nor class materials may be
posted on the internet or otherwise published. Finally, be sure you are
familiar with all university policies described in the UL Lafayette Undergraduate Bulletin and Code of Student Conduct.
All assignments for this class must be completed individually, and any
instance of academic dishonesty on any assignment will be sufficient to
fail the course.
Students needing academic accommodations for a disability must first be registered with the Office of Disability Services (ODS)
to verify the disability and to establish eligibility for
accommodations. Students may call 337-482-5252 or visit the ODS office
in the Conference Center/Agnes Edwards Hall, room 126. Once registered, students should then schedule an appointment with the professor to make appropriate arrangements.
I strongly recommend taking advantage of the following resources I have created for you!
My How To Survive Your First Philosophy Course pages contain useful
information about how to study for my exams, reading philosophy, taking
notes, doing research in philosophy, etc.
My Philosophy 316 course home page contains links to the on-line
syllabus, study aids, and other resources you will find helpful.
All of the above resources are linked from the course home page at: http://www.ucs.louisiana.edu/~kak7409/professionalethics.html
A Moodle page will also be created for this course.
My home page contains links to all my course home pages, links pages, etc. The address is: http://www.ucs.louisiana.edu/~kak7409.
Emergency Evacuation Procedures:
A map of this
floor is posted near the elevator marking the evacuation route and the
Designated Rescue Area. This is an area where emergency service
personnel will go first to look for individuals who need assistance in
exiting the building. Students who may need assistance should identify
themselves to the teaching faculty.
Course Calendar & Planned
should complete each of the readings before they are discussed in
class. Some of the readings are difficult, and you may find that you
need to re-read them after they have been discussed in class in order
to fully understand them.
Assignment due dates, topics, readings and procedures are tentative and may change at the discretion of the instructor.
Also Note: All readings are available via Moodle.
Topic 1: Moral Reasoning and Ethical Theory
a. Cultural Relativism
Monday, September 3 - Labor Day - No Classes.
“1. Moral Relativism” by Keith Korcz.
b. Understanding Philosophy & Ethics
“2. Philosophy and Moral Reasoning" by Keith Korcz; “Keeping Your Colleagues Honest” by Mary Gentile.
c. The Divine Command Theory & Ethical Egoism
“3. The Divine Command Theory” by Keith Korcz.
d. Utilitarianism, Rights & the Origin of Morality
“4. Utilitarianism” and “6. Moral Rights” by Keith Korcz.
(Note: “5. Theories of Value” is included, but is optional reading.)
e. Some Issues In Ethics
“7. Where Does Morality Come From?” and “8. Why Be Moral?” by Keith Korcz.
Topic 2: Values in the Workplace
EXAM #1: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26.
b. Corporations & Social Responsibility
"The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase Its Profits" by Milton Friedman
; "A Stakeholder Theory of the Modern Corporation " by R. Edward Freeman
Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5 - Fall Holiday - No Classes.
c. Some Free Market Values
“Is Inheritance Justified?” by D. W. Haslett.
Topic 3: Moral Failures to Avoid in Markets
Monday, March 15 – Advising for SP19 begins.
a. Markets and Desert
b. Market Failure
“Markets, Property and Power” by Michael Walzer
c. Worker Abuse
“The Campus Anti-Sweatshop Movement” by Richard Applebaum and Peter
Dreier; “The Great Non-Debate Over International Sweatshops” by Ian Maitland
; “Occupational Health and Safety” by John R. Boatright
; “Employer Proselytization” by Raymond F. Gregory.
d. Harming Customers
“The Ethics of Consumer Production and Marketing” by Manuel G. Velasquez
; “Companies and the Customers Who Hate Them” by Youngme Moon
; "Information Disclosure in Sales" by David Holley.
e. Undermining Competition
“Ethics in the Marketplace” by Manuel G. Velasquez
EXAM #2: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26.
Topic 4: Social Justice
Thursday, Nov. 22 through Friday, Nov. 23 – Cranberry Sauce Chow Down - No Classes.
Whistleblowing and Employee Loyalty" by Ronald Duska
; “Whistleblowing: Professionalism, Personal Life, and Shared Responsibility for Safety in Engineering” by Mike W. Martin.
“The Ethics of Downsizing” by John Orlando.
LAST DAY OF CLASSES: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30.
FINAL EXAM (IN REGULAR CLASSROOM): MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM IN REGULAR CLASSROOM.
Some Helpful Tips:
1. On class evaluations, students often state that they would tell
friends planning to take this class that good class attendance and good
class notes are essential to doing well on the exams.
2. Keep up with the readings - they further explain and help you to remember the issues you'll be tested on.
3. If you're having trouble understanding course material, do not hesitate to discuss it with the instructor!
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