Ethics in Modern Life – Thursday – Winter 2023 – 10 Weeks – Grades 8 – 10
Thursday, January 12 2023 @ 1:00PM – Thursday, March 23 2023 @ 2:30PM EST
Instructor Email:[email protected]
Grade/Level:8th – 10th
Day of Week:Thursday
Class Times:1:00PM – 2:30PM (ET)
Studying ethics is incredibly fun, and it also develops critical thinking and logical reasoning skills. But most importantly, studying ethics helps people develop their own moral codes.
In this class we will discuss a wide variety of ethical issues that come up in daily life and in the news and current events. Topics will include:
How can various GPS trackers be used unethically, and are there ethical uses for them?
Is there a concern that some people have one set of ethical standards in the real world, and a different, lower, set of ethical standards in the virtual world?
Is it ethical for a boss to fire an employee because of a viral video taken of the employee behaving offensively in public when they are not at work?
What are the many ethical issues involved in trying to address climate change?
If a terrorist group takes an American journalist or aid worker hostage, should the American government pay the ransom, or not? What are the strongest arguments on both sides?
Do animals have rights? What is it ethical or unethical for people to do to animals?
This is a discussion class–there will not be any lectures. We will explore a different ethical issue each week. Students should come to class prepared to actively participate.
Students will be provided with a resource booklet of quotations we will use during the course.
Students will be required to participate in class discussions, and to do all assignments in a timely manner.
Students should expect approximately one to two hours per week. Assignments will include short writing assignments in response to our discussions.
Please note that I am also teaching a class called “Ethics Thought Experiments: The Trolley Problem and Beyond” in the fall term on Open Tent Academy, if you are interested in 20 weeks on these topics. Each course stands on its own, so you can take either one alone, or both.
NOTE: Registration deadline is December 15, 2022.
There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.