David Peterson, Instructor

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This course is designed to be a fun, engaging, and relevant look into ethics. It starts with an exploration of ethics in every day life. Why should we be ethical? What does it mean to be good? Why does it matter?

The classroom meetings are highly discussion based. This is because ethics is not passive. It is personal. It requires that everyone be engaged in the discussion, for the purpose of individually testing and examining the reasoning behind ethical beliefs.

Classical ethical models are covered as well, but always with the focus on personal application.

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Current Reading: All reading is complete

Textbook Information:

Thinking Critically About Ethical Issues (Seventh Edition), (New York: McGraw Hill, 2008),Vincent Ruggiero, (ISBN: 978-0-07-353568-5)

Go to Etudes.

Read the following before beginning:

  1. Forum Instructions
  2. Welcome to Forum One (includes additional instructions and tips).
  3. Welcome to Forum Two (includes additional instructions and tips)


If you are having trouble logging on to Etudes, please contact Mr. Peterson.



You can check your grade any time. Everyone will receive an email with a password. If you did not receive this, or you misplaced it, contact Mr. Peterson.





  1. Half-Truth overview and Instructions
  2. Week One Entry: Intentions (Due Monday, October 1)


If you are having trouble, please contact Mr. Peterson.

Upcoming Class Information

Etudes Forums (see Etudes Tab on left)


Syllabus (.doc)

Syllabus (pdf)

Forum Instructions (.doc)

Forum Instructions (pdf)

Midterm Exam Concept Guide (pdf)

Midterm (pdf)

Study Skills Tutorial

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For every student, regardless of skill level, the Study Skills Tutorial, will help to get better grades, study smarter, improve note-taking and test taking skills and diminish academic anxiety. It's designed to help for any class, not just ethics.

Module on Logic of Sentences

Module on Theories of Truth

Lifeboat Ethics by Garrett Hardin

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
A useful resource for learning terms covered in the course.