Philosophy 497:
Ethical Theory


Ethical Theory

How To Reach Professor Keith Korcz:
My office is in H. L. Griffin Hall, rm. 563. My office hours are MWF 12:00-1:00 and 2:00-3:00, and TR 12:00-2:00. We can also meet at other times by arrangement - just ask. My office phone no. is 482-6806. You can also contact me (or ask questions) by e-mail at

Required Texts:
Reading List by mutual agreement.

Assignments & Grading:
80% of your grade will be based on a term paper, and 20% on discussion during regular meetings throughout the semester (by arrangement). The paper is to be done in successive drafts, on a topic approved by the instructor. The paper topic should be such that, to be properly dealt with, it requires a paper roughly 20 pages in length. The first part of the paper should be a critical discussion of a published article(s). The second part of the paper should consist of an original, positive contribution to one of the issues raised in the first part of the paper. You must show me at least two drafts of the paper (the first official draft is worth 20% of your course grade and the final draft is worth 60%). You must obtain approval for the topic you select no later than two weeks before the first draft is due. The first draft is due ________________. The final draft is due _____________. {I'm happy to grade additional drafts or parts of drafts of the paper. Additional drafts will not be counted for or against your course grade.}
The letter grades will be assigned according to the standard scale, i.e. 90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D, 59% and below = E. Such factors as improvement over the length of the course, attendance, etc. may be taken into consideration, especially where doing so may improve a borderline grade. You must complete all course assignments (namely both drafts of the paper) to receive a passing grade for the course (i.e. a grade other than F, U or NC).

Class Policies:
Missed assignments can be made up only if an appropriate excuse, e.g., illness requiring medical attention, participation in certain official university events, etc., is provided. If you know in advance that you will miss a due date for an assignment, please let me know beforehand. An unexcused late assignment will be dropped 2/3 of a letter grade per day it is late. If you have a disability and require assistance with fulfilling class assignments, don't hesitate to notify the instructor and the Office for Services to Students with Disabilities at 482-5252. Finally, be sure you are familiar with all university policies described in the UL Lafayette Undergraduate Bulletin. 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.

Internet Resources:
I made up a course home page that contains some useful links. The URL is:

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.