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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Philosophy

Ethics PHIL-103

  • Fall 2012

  • Sections 03, 04

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/17/2012

  • Modified 08/27/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Michelle M Lippert

Office: LKH 231
Phone: 665-5055

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM, LKH 231
Tuesday, Thursday, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, LKH 231
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, LKH 231


Ethics is the investigation and discussion of personal, social, and professional moral issues and the principles and thinking skills used for their resolution. Emphasis is on the development and application of reasoning skills for decision making in the moral domain. This course provides awareness, sensitivity, insights, and skills essential to the success and moral integrity of the person in todays morally complex world. It fulfills an arts and humanities requirement for the A.S. and A.A. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: ENGL 101


The Moral of the Story: An Introduction to Questions of Ethics and Human Nature. Nina Rosenstrand, Mayfield Publishing Company, 1994  I am using a customized version of the text.  It is available in the bookstore and less expensive than the regular one.  On the cover it says "Philosophy and Religion".  Don't be confused by this it is the right book.

 “Schindler’s List” A Steven Spielberg film, 1993

 Special Note: The film “Schindler’s List” is an accurate portrayal of the Holocaust.  It will provide us with a shared reference for our exploration of the nature of good and evil.  The film contains one brief sex scene.  There are scenes of graphic violence as well as nudity.  In both cases, these are accurate depictions of Nazi selection and extermination procedures.  Your continued enrollment in this class indicates that you agree to participate in this experience


PHIL 103 Ethics: These outcomes must include but are not limited to

Understand the metaethical theories and problems of egoism and altruism, relativism and universalism/absolutism, and values/valuing.

Understand teleological/consequentialist, deontological/non-consequentialist, and virtue-centered ethical principles and theories.

Apply these principles and theories to the analysis, evaluation, and decision-making for contemporary individual and social moral issues.


Students will be evaluated using the following criteria. 

Chapter Quizzes           20%

Midterm                          25%

Final                               25%

Schindler Worksheet       5%

First  Essay                   10%

Second Essay                15%


Grading scale: 93% A   90% A-  

                      87% B+  83% B    80% B-

                      77%  C+  73% C  70% C-

                      67% D+   63% D  60% D-                    

Quizzes shall consist of multiple choice questions and true/false questions. These quizzes will be taken online. They may be taken twice. The highest grade will recorded. The quizzes will not be re-opened. If a student misses a quiz, the student may take a written version at the testing center. The student will only be allowed one attempt at the written version.

Essays:  There are two required essays. 

In the first essay the student will choose either deontology or ultitarianism as the superior means of solving moral dilemmas.  Using case studies, the student will defend his/her choice.  The expected length of the essay is 350 to 500 words.  It is due on October 10th.  It is worth 10% of the semester grade.

In the second essay, the student will define human goodness and human evil. Using insights from various philosophers, the student will illustrate his/her definitions using the characters of Oskar Schindler and Amon Goeth.  The expected length of this essay is 750 to 1,000 words. It is due on Nov. 28th.  It is worth 15 % of total grade.

Midterm and Final: The midterm and final will cover the first half of the semester and second half respectively. They will be taken in class. Many of the questions will be taken from the quizzes.



Course Policies

Attendence:  Students are expected to attend class. The instructor takes roll daily.  Students with more than 3 unexcused absences may see a drop in their grade. Students must contact instructor via email or phone to receive an excused absence.



Below is a tentative class schedule. The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments.

Date               Topic                                                                         Assignment

8/ 27              Introduction/Overview of the Semester                 Read Chap. 3

8/29               Cultural and Ethical Relativism

9/2                 No Class: Labor Day

9/5                 Hard and Soft Universalism                                    Read Chap.4

                                                                                                            Quiz 1 is due*

9/10               Psychological and Ethical Egoism

9/12               Altruism

                                                                                                            Quiz 2 is due

                                                                                                             Read Chap. 5

9/17                Utilitarianism

9/19                Jeremy Bentham/J.S. Mill                                      Read Chap. 6

                                                                                                            Quiz 3 is due

9/24                Deontology

9/26                Kant

10/1                Case Studies

10/3                Work on 1st essay                                                    Quiz 4 is due

10/8                Midterm 

10/10              Virtue Theory/Socrates                                     Read Chap. 8                                  

                                                                                               1st Essay is due

10/15               Plato 

10/17               Plato/Aristotle                                                          Read Chap 9

                                                                                                            Quiz 5 is due

10/22               Aristotle

10/24               Introduction to Existentialism                               Read Chap. 10

                                                                                                            Quiz 6 is due

10/29               Kierkegaard

10/31               Heidegger/Frankl

11/5                 Sartre/Levinas

11/7                 Introduction to Schindler's List                              Quiz 7 is due

11/12               Schindler's List

11/14               Schindler's List

11/19               Schindler's List

11/26               Schindler's List

11/28               Work on essay                                                         Read Chap. 7

12/3                 Person                                                                      2nd Essay is due

12/5                 Person/ Rights

12/10               Rights

12/12               Rights                                                                       Quiz 8 is due

Dec. 17-20: Finals

*Please note: All quizzes are online. The specific dates they are due will be assigned in class.



Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college.Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes for the fall term: November 7, 2011. 

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.