PHIL 316 - SPRING 2018 - DR. KEITH KORCZ
How To Reach Professor Keith Korcz:
My office is in H. L. Griffin Hall,
rm. 563. My office hours are MW12:00 – 1:00 and 2:15 - 4:15, Th 12:00 –
3:00, and F 12:00 – 1:00. 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 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. 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. 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. Disability Accommodations:
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.
recommend taking advantage of the following resources I have created
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 home page contains links to the on-line syllabus
(which contains numerous links to home pages of authors we'll be
reading, readings available on-line, etc.), 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
You 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.
Note: Assignments, due dates and class
procedures are tentative and may change.
Also Note: All readings are available via Moodle.
Topic 1: Moral Reasoning and Ethical Theory
a. Cultural RelativismMonday, Jan. 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No Classes
“1. Moral Relativism” by Keith Korcz.
b. Understanding Philosophy & Ethics
Topic 2: Values in the Workplace
“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.
EXAM #1: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9.
a. Work and Well-Being
Monday, Feb. 12 – Wednesday, Feb. 14 – Mardi Gras – No Classes.
b. Corporations & Social Responsibility
c. Some Free Market Values
Topic 3: Moral Failures to Avoid in Markets
“Is Inheritance Justified?” by D. W. Haslett.
a. Markets and DesertMonday, March 12 – Advising for FA18 begins.
b. Market Failure
c. Worker Abuse
EXAM #2: FRIDAY, MARCH 23.
“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
f. Political CorruptionFriday, March 30 – Sunday, April 8 – Spring Break – No Classes.
g. Harms of Advertising
Topic 4: Social Justice
LAST DAY OF CLASSES: FRIDAY, APRIL 27.
a. Differing Theories Of Social Justice
“Boycott Basics: Moral Guidelines for Corporate Decision Making” by Mary Lyn Stoll
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.
FINAL EXAM (IN REGULAR CLASSROOM): FRIDAY, MAY 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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