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

Ethics PHIL-103

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 07
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 10/08/2012

Contact Information

Office: 208-769-7888, 

cell 208-660-5477 (9 am - 9 pm daily)

Use the in class email if you are my student;

email: [email protected]

LeeKildow Hall 218 A

North Idaho College

1000 W Garden Avenue

Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Meeting Times

T/R 1 - 2:15 pm LKH 242


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 today's 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


TEXTBOOK (text is on reserve at the NIC library if you do not wish to buy it)                       Required:  Contemporary Moral Issues , 3rd edition, by Lawrence M. Hinman, Prentice Hall, 2006; isbn:  0-13-182997-1  (you must use the correct edition)

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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.



·         10 pts for Theory Essays: these are optional 250 – 500 word essays explaining the theories we learn at the beginning of class.  Include a Title (name of theory), your name, essay #, and submit online and bring a copy to class.  These will build up a bank of points for when you need to drop up to 3 summaries, one case and one homework.

·         24 pts for Unit Quizzes: 5 quizzes with 1 dropped so there are no makeups. These are questions on the readings and class lectures.  They are worth 6 points each.  These are done online and are due 5 minutes before class begins.  No exceptions will be made. 

·         13  pts for Final exam:  This one you cannot drop or makeup.  More details toward the end of the semester on format.  Usually essay and case format.  You have to take the final to get an A in class no matter what your total pre-final points. 

·         18 pts for summaries:  You will be required to summarize articles we read.  You will receive credit only if you follow directions and have proper heading. 

DIRECTIONS for summaries: The summaries are 4 sentence maximum descriptions of whatever the author is trying to convey.  No run on sentences, please.  No personal opinions should be included, only the main point the author is trying to convince you of, written as concisely as possible.  Again, remember that there should be no paraphrasing or copying from Hinman’s pre-article review.  Use quotes/citations sparingly, or better yet, not at all.  At the risk of repeating myself: In your summaries, if you copy or paraphrase from Hinman’s pre-article blurb, you will not receive credit.  Every semester I have some students who do this. We read 22 articles over the semester, you are required to hand in 18 of these.  If you do the rest they will count toward extra credit.  Each original typed summary should include the following heading:

Your Name

Summary # ____

Author’s last name, “title of article”

Pages in text where you find the article


  • 25 pts for cases: six times per semester you will collaborate with your classmates to present an analysis of a particular issue according to format taught in class.  Each is worth five points, and again I drop the lowest grade, so there are no makeups.   These are tests of your ability to use the theories we learn in real life cases.    
  • 20 pts for homeworks: 12 assigned with 2 dropped so there are no makeups. These are worth 2 points each.  For each reading, you will need to answer the homework questions online.  These are open book, untimed homework questions based on the readings.  No collaboration between students.  You are on your honor to work alone.  You are encouraged to use your text and class notes, especially your summaries.  If you do all of them, the extras will be added to your homework score (this does not get included in your 10 points of ex credit). 
  • Extra Credit available: Extra credit is always available should you want it.  I will always work with you if you are willing to put forth effort in this class.  You may accumulate up to 10 points of extra credit.  You may, in any one of our subjects, hand in a current events article with a summary of said article.  These are due when we are doing the subject, and will not be accepted after that.  You may also watch GATTACA, John Q, or other movies that I approve of that deal with these issues and hand in a summary of that movie.  These summaries would be worth 1 point each. You can do a case worth 3 pts during the semester as long as I approve the case question in advance. I offer other ex credit assignments in class; cyberethics will be open over break for ex cr.   



24 pts = Unit Quizzes (best 4 out of 5, 6 pts each)    

13 pts = Final exam (Case- need to do this to get A no matter how many point you have pre-final)                             

18 pts = summaries (18 out of 22, 1 pt each)

25 pts = Cases (best 5 out of 6, 5 pts each)

20 pts = Homework (best 10 out of 12, 2 pts each)     

100 pts total  (minus 2 pts points for every class you miss; first four are freebies)                                                   


93-100 = A

90-92 = A-

87-89 = B+

83-86 = B

80-82 = B-

77-79 = C+

73-76 = C

70-72 = C-

65-69 = D+

60-64 = D

<=59  = F


Course Policies


  • I take attendance.  You are penalized for missing classes, and you will not get credit for anything that is due that day.  You may miss TWO weeks classes with no penalty.  After that I deduct points:  2 points per missed class out of a score of 100.  There are no makeups and no late work is accepted unless arranged with me prior to due date.  For most people, there is a direct correlation between attendance and grade. **
  • Tardiness disturbs the class.  If you have a work or schedule conflict, please discuss it with me in advance; I realize many of you work full time.  I cover the important business and syllabus changes at the beginning of class, and you are responsible for this information even if you are not there.  Two tardies = one absence.  More than 5 minutes late = absent. 
  • Class etiquette:  You may eat ‘quiet’ food during class; no crunchy chips or loud plastic wrappers J.  No cell phone activity during class, please.  We all have them, but class is not the proper place for phone calls or messages.  I turn mine off, also.  Due to people breaking this rule, I will confiscate phones that ring during class.  There will be no iPod, cell phone, computer or any other device use during class or you will be asked to leave.  Your attendance in class means you agree to comply with this rule.  If you have an emergency or special circumstances where you phone needs to be on, please let me know. 
  • Always bring paper and a writing utensil to class to take notes, and bring the syllabus each class, as we always start by looking that over.



            1.  I have designed the coursework to help you achieve a good grade and to facilitate your comprehension of the material. I would love to report all A’s and if you do the reading, come to class, and hand in most assignments you stand a very good chance of getting an A.

            2.  You are responsible for any work assigned- even if you are not in class to receive the assignment.  Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about any assignment or class.  The schedule does change sometimes, and I give all new due dates in class.  There are no makeups and no latework is accepted, so you will want to stay on top of the workload.  Please remember that I do not accept late work.  We all have the same amount of time in a week and the due dates are all clearly listed on the syllabus.  It is not fair to those who work hard to get things in on time for me to accept latework.  I allow you to make up or drop some of the points in each section, because I know life happens to get in the way of school.  You can always make up the points with extra credit, too.  I do not accept any latework, no matter what the reason.  I know this is a tough but fair policy, and many people wind up with A's in my classes, so please do not ask me to accept your work late.  I always feel bad saying no.  I go over business in the first 5 minutes of every class, as well as take attendance then. Please feel free to call my Verizon cell 208-660-5477 any day between 8 am and 10 pm ifyou ever need help. If you text me, please include your full name, and tell me which class you are in.

            3.  There is a heavy emphasis on class participation.  I encourage everyone to contribute.  Please police yourselves (although I will step in if necessary):  if you are not speaking up, try to contribute once every class; if you are speaking often, make sure you are not monopolizing the floor. 

            4.  Hopefully, this is just for the record: any student caught cheating will receive a zero on the test/quiz/assignment.  When appropriate, the incident will be reported to the NIC authorities. A note on plagiarism:  Plagiarism is using someone else's words or ideas (written or spoken) without giving them due credit in the form of citation.  This includes, but is not limited to, cutting/pasting anything you find on the internet into your own work without citing (explaining where you got it from).  There are programs that are run to check for plagiarism.  Any student caught plagiarizing or cheating in any manner, will be given a zero for the assignment and may be officially reported to NIC, where the indiscretion will remain on your permanent record. 

You will be composing original material in your discussion summaries and your cases.  In your summaries, if you copy or paraphrase from Hinman’s pre-article blurb, you will not receive credit.  Use quotes sparingly, or not at all, as your summaries are only 4 sentences (see directions for summaries below [after the schedule] in the syllabus).  I have read the text many times over and will know if you copy from it.  Please use your own words.  Not only will you get much more out of the class, but you will always feel better about yourself if you are honest. 

5.  NIC policy does not allow children in the classroom, nor may children be left out in the hallways while their parents are in class.  Every semester, someone asks me if their child can sit in because they do not have a sitter, but much of the material in this class is not child appropriate.  I have children, too and realize how hard scheduling is, but there should not be any children in the classroom.  If you think class might be cancelled due to SNOW- call NIC x3300.  Evening course cancellations will be recorded on phone line by 1 pm.

6.  Our class discussions should be a place where you can safely exchange ideas without fear of condemnation.  Not everyone holds the same religious or ideological beliefs; to keep discussions respectful for all involved, try to keep your comments objective (as opposed to subjective, which means based on views you, as a personal subject, have developed).  In this class, this is a very challenging request!!  Just try to remember that your strongly held beliefs may be regarded by others as simple prejudice.  I am sure we can all contribute in a positive and healthy manner without causing offense to others if we follow these guidelines.



Philosophy 103 (07), 3 credits   NIC        Fall 2012    TR 1 – 2:15 LKH 242 cap 30

  • Instructor: Laura Templeman                                           
  • Phone:  office= 769- 7778 (business hours)
  • Phone:  verizon cell = 660-5477  any day 8 am - 10 pm (best way to contact me)          
  • Office: LKH 218A  
  • Email:  use the Blackboard email or cell, emerg email = [email protected]

TEXTBOOK (text is on reserve at the NIC library if you do not wish to buy it)                       Required:  Contemporary Moral Issues , 3rd edition, by Lawrence M. Hinman, Prentice Hall, 2006; isbn:  0-13-182997-1  (you must use the correct edition)


M-R 7:30am – 9 pm, F 7:30 – 4pm, Sat noon – 4 pm, Sun 1pm – 8pm 769-3355


You do not need to know anything in particular about ethics to take this course.  I will guide you through everything until you are able to work on your own.  I do expect that you keep reasonably abreast of current events as we work through the semester, because many of our topics are in the news.  You can do this by watching the news (PBS hosts a BBC News nightly which is excellent), reading newspapers and/or news magazines, using some internet news service or listening to radio news programs.  Pick a wide variety of perspectives to listen to; don’t exclusively view conservative or liberal media.  You will be better educated (and therefore better able to argue effectively) if you listen to all sides of a dispute.  Web sites :  This is our text author’s website, rich with information about topics we will cover.  There are many links to outside information. (free)  Fact checker, politifact, etc are “unbiased” sources of info.



Date             Work is DUE on the date listed at 12:55 pm unless otherwise noted

T, Aug 28                     Intro class- syllabus


R, Aug 30                     Read Hinman text pages xi-xxvii 

 Lecture Theory in class (Absolutism/Relativism)        



T, Sept 4                      Lecture Theory (Egoism/Utilitarianism)

Optional Theory essay #1 due (Relativism, 2 pts: posted online in the submission area)


R, Sept 6                      Lecture Theory (Util)

Optional Theory essay #2 due (Ego)


T, Sept 11                     Lecture Theory(Util)

                                    Hwk 1 due (in sec 2 online)



R, Sept 13                    Lecture Theory (Natural Law/Rights)

Hwk 2 due (in sec 3 online)

Optional Theory essay #3 due (Util)


T, Sept 18                    Lecture Theory (Kant,

                                    Hwk 1 due (in sec 2 online)


R, Sept 20                    Lecture Theory Feminism, Aristotle)

Hwk 2 due (in sec 3 online)

Optional Theory essay #4 due (Kant)


T, Sept 25               How to do a Case lecture

Homework 3 due (in sec 4 online)

Optional Theory (case) essay #5 due (Fem, Arist)


R, Sept 27                    Case 1- in class, don’t miss these case classes!


T, Oct 2                       Unit Quiz #1 due in sec 5  online (Theory)

Animal Rights Lecture

Read Text pp 377-394

 Sum 1=White, "Beastly Questions" pp378-380  (see detailed directions for how to do summaries in this syllabus below.  No credit if you do not follow directions.  Submission link is in section 6 online. Please always bring in paper copies of your summaries to class so we can discuss them.)   

Sum 2= Singer, "Down at the Factory Farm"pp 381-388


R, Oct 4                       Animal Rights Lecture

Sum 3= Regan, “The Case for Animal Rights” p 394-401 (in sec 7 online)

             Sum 4= Cohen, “The Case for the Use of Animals in Biomedical Research” p 402-409


T, Oct 9               Animal Rights Lecture

Read Hinman p 394-415   

Homework 4 due, (in section 6 online)


R, Oct 11                      Homework 5 due (in section 7 online)

Case 2: Draize Test (Animal Rights) done in class     


T, Oct 16                      Unit Quiz #2  (Animal Rights) (in section 7 online)                

Read Hinman p 1-20   

Reproductive tech Lecture  1/5

Sum 5= Stock, “The Clone Wars” p 10-20

(Please combine Stock and Fukuyama into an 8 sentence max summary as they are debating back and forth.  It will count as summary 5 and 6.) In section 8 online.

Sum 6= Fukuyama, “The Clone Wars” p 10-20


R, Oct 18                      Reprod Lecture 2/5


T, Oct 23                     Read Hinman p 20-44 

                                    Homework 6 due, (in section 8 online.)

Reprod lecture 3/5

                                    Sum7= McGee “Parenting in an Era of Genetics” p 20-29 (sec 8 online)

                                    Sum 8= Kamm “Embryonic Stem Cell Research: A Moral  Defense”  p 30-38 (sec 9 online)


R, Oct 25                 Reprod lecture 4/5

Homework 7 due, (in section 9 online)

Sum 9= research this topic and can find an article from the last 6 months and summarize; include a copy of that article with your summary submit in sec 9 online)


T, Oct 30th                   No class during daytime- Advising Day


R, Nov 1                        Reprod lecture 5/5                  

Homework 8 due, (in sec 9 online)

Sum 10, 11,12= “18 Ways to… Baby” online links (see below for details)  (In sec 10 online)

“18 Ways to Make a Baby” article, NOVA, intro (no summary)

“On Human Cloning: Three Views”: (no summary)

Dr. Lee Silver interview “On Human Cloning”: for sum 10

Dr. Don Wolf interview “On Human Cloning”: for sum 11

Dr. Rudolf Jaenisch interview “On Human Cloning”:for sum 12


T, Nov 6                       Case 3 : Reproductive tech (in class)


R, Nov 8                Unit Quiz #3 (Reproductive tech) (in section 10 online)

                                    Euthanasia lecture 1/3                                    

Read Hinman p 95-119

Sum 13=Hardwig, “Duty to Die” p 108-119 (in sec 11 online)


T, Nov 13                      Euthanasia lecture 2/3


R, Nov 15                      Read Hinman p 120-136   

Euthanasia lecture 3/3

Homework 9 due (in sec 11 online)

Sum 14=Rachels,“Active and Passive Euthanasia…” p120-5 (in sec 12 online)

Sum 15=Doerflinger,  “Assisted Suicide: Pro-Choice or Anti-Life?” p 125-131


***T, Nov 20                online extra credit class.    This is all optional extra credit, and the assignment numbers may be out of order, as I move this section around each semester.  Due at the end of break.This is OPTIONAL!! If you do not want to do this, you do not have to. Here is what is available:  Do a 5 point, 150- 250 word summary on the 2 hour: "NOVA: What Darwin Never Knew"(tell me about the switches) and/or “NOVA: Cracking the Genetic Code”. These are on the website. Worth 5 points each. OR do these worth 1 point each:

Hinman p 469-512  ex cr: Homework 10

Sum 16= Menn, “Hackers Live by their own Code” p 470 – 473

Sum 17=Moor, “Should we Let Computers get Under our Skins?” p 478-491    

Sum 18= Grodzinsky and Tavani, “Ethical Reflections on Cyberstalking” p 492 - 500

Sum 19= Spinello, “Ethical Reflections on the Problem of Spam” p 502-510


Nov 21-23                     no class Thanksgiving break


T, Nov 27                     Case 4: Euthanasia  (in class)


R, Nov 29                Unit Quiz 4 due: Euthanasia (in sec 12 online)

                                    Read Hinman p 325-343,

World Hunger Lecture 1/3

Sum 20= “Unfree, Hence Poor” online article (in sec 13 online)

                                    Sum 21=Hardin, “Lifeboat Ethics”  p 335-343


T, Dec 4               World Hunger lecture 2/3


R, Dec 6                       Read Hinman p 343-359 

                                    World Hunger lecture 3/3

                                    Homework 11 due (in sec 13 online)

Sum 22=Singer, “Rich and Poor” p 343-359 (in sec 14 online)


T, Dec 11                             Homework 12 due (in sec 14 online)

Unit Quiz 5 due: World Hunger (in sec 14 online)

Case 5: world hunger (in class)


R, Dec 13                      Final Case prep class


TBA                             Final Exam includes a case and research



Additional Items




#1 ___/6 PTS





Drop the lowest



#1 ____/5

#2 ____/5





drop lowest  total ______/25













(homeworks continued)






drop 2 lowest or do all & keep the pts





THEORY Essays: Ex cr opt:  #1____/2   #2____/2   #3____/2   #4____/2 #5____/2   total__/10      (optional: these are to make up for the drops above)


DISCUSSION SUMMARIES:22 available; make tally marks:  18_________________/18 (If you do more, the pts go in the ex cr line below)


MISSED CLASSES -______ (# times missed, minus 4, times 2 pts each)

EXTRA CREDIT? +_________________/10 possible 


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 Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

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:

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, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 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.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.