Goals and Objectives

ETH 2050 Learning Goals (rev. spring 2014)

Knowledge

1)   Identify ethical claims with an understanding of their historical origins in both philosophical and theological traditions, with a particular emphasis on significant ideas and values in the Augustinian and Catholic intellectual tradition. [CLAS Common Learning Goals 1.1 and 1.2]

2)   Identify ethical claims in contemporary application, with a particular emphasis on tensions between secular and non-secular accounts of ethics and the moral life in contemporary moral and political discourse. [CLAS Common Learning Goals 1.2 and 1.3]

Skills

1)   Ability to understand and analyze difficult and important classical texts as they relate to ethics in the Western tradition, both philosophical and theological (not excluding engagement with non-Western sources). [CLAS Common Learning Goal 2.1]

2)   Ability to write clearly and persuasively with respect to themes in ethical theory and applied ethics in a manner that indicates increasing sophistication in moral reasoning and judgment. [CLAS Common Learning Goals 2.1 and 2.2]

3)   Ability to engage in spirited and respectful dialogue related to fundamental questions about ethics and the good life that indicates increasing sophistication in moral reasoning and judgment. [CLAS Common Learning Goal 2.3]

Values

1)   Develop deeper insight into the place of ethics in individual human life and experience and in the context of relationships with others (human and non-human), the natural environment, and God. [CLAS Common Learning Goals 3.1 and 3.2]

2)   Develop more sophisticated understanding of moral concepts including but not limited to justice, virtue, duty, love, happiness, flourishing, and the common good. [CLAS Common Learning Goals 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3]

3)   Develop engagement with distinctively Catholic and Augustinian perspectives on ethics and the moral life as these provide insight into values (1) and (2). [CLAS Common Learning Goals 3.2 and 3.3]