PHIL 2201



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Course No. and Title:

PHIL 2201 Autonomy, Value and Well being: An Introduction to Ethical Theory

Credit Value:

Three (3) credit hours

Course Description:

This course investigates core problems and key authors in ethical theory, giving the students training in the identification and solving of ethical dilemmas.

The main focus of the course is to treat the rival ethical theories as they are expressed both in contemporary ethical literature and in their historical context by Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, and John Stuart Mill. In the last part of the course, we turn to another alternative--the work of Friedrich Nietzsche and his influential critique of much of the Western ethical tradition that preceded him.



Course Author:

Professor Jennifer Hart Weed, Ph.D.

Contact Information:

Office 209, Carleton Hall.
Phone 506-453-4844

Course Features:

The course materials include a textbook and a series of video lectures by the Professor. There is an opportunity for student-instructor interaction through the completion of study questions.  Interaction and discussion with fellow students is facilitated through an online course forum.

Course Format:

The course covers twelve weeks of material, including readings by Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Mill and Nietzsche.

Course Text:

Morality and the Good Life.  Fifth Edition.  Robert C. Solomon, Clancy Martin and Wayne Vaught.  McGraw-Hill College Press, New York, 2009.

Textbooks can be ordered from the UNB Fredericton Bookstore:

Assignments and Evaluation:

Study Questions                                             20%
Discussion Questions and Online Participation   20%
Essay                                                            20%   
Final Written Paper Exam                                40%

Study Questions: 
The study questions are listed in your textbook after each chapter. The syllabus will indicate which questions you should answer for each chapter.

Study questions are designed to increase your reading comprehension and to test you with respect to how much of the material you have retained.  Each question should probably result in about a paragraph of writing, but that is only a guide. Write as much as you think you need to effectively answer the question.

Participation in Online Discussions:
Students are expected to participate in online discussions of course material. To facilitate this, students are expected to answer the assigned Discussion Questions as listed in the syllabus and to post their answers in the Forum section of the online course interface.  Then, students are expected to interact with other students by discussing the answers as they are posted.

Students will be expected to complete a short argumentative paper (five pages in length, double-spaced).  The paper must be a formal essay that uses an appropriate style (APA or MLA, for example), and includes a Bibliography.

Final Exam: 
The Final Exam will consist of essay-type questions. Students will be expected to answer those questions with a high degree of accuracy and precision.

All mid-term exams and final exams for online courses will be invigilated at an approved time and location. Please refer to the Online Exam Request Form to book.

Time Limit:

6 months from registration date. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date of your course.


Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable online fee per course. Fees are subject to change by the Board of Governors.
More information on fees for this course.

Methods of Payment:

Once you complete the Apply Now form below, please send payment. Methods of payment accepted:
Cash (Do not send in the mail. Please deliver to the College of Extended Learning, 2nd Level, Wu Centre, UNB Fredericton Campus)
Cheque or money order (Mail to UNB College of Extended Learning, PO Box 4400, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5A3)
MasterCard / VISA / American Express (Please call the College of Extended Learning at 1-866-599-4646  or 506 453-4646 with your credit card number, expiry date, and the name as it appears on the card. Please do not send credit card information via email).

Apply Now!
If you have previously registered in this online course and wish to register again, please contact us at 453-4646 to complete the registration process.