PHIL 395: Professional Ethics
Dr. Paul Martin Lester, Visiting Professor
California State University, Fullerton
Practical Ethics Center, 1000 E. Beckwith Ave.
OFFICE: Corbin Hall N334
Office Hour: To Be Announced (Online)
406 243-6688; E-Mail |
Professors's Web Page
Class Meetings: Mondays 4 -6pm, Online using Blackboard.com Software (Click Here for the Blackboard site). NOTE: You will need an ID and password.
Professional Ethics is the application of moral reasoning
to established professions such as nursing, engineering, journalism, and so on.
Moral reasoning entails the search for values and principles that promote a good
life and human flourishing. As professionals, you employ your expertise in ways
that greatly affect the lives of others. It is critically important that you are
thoughtful and reflective about the role of ethics in your work. Through
successful completion of course readings and assignmentsand
through active participation in class discussionsyou will
hopefully gain the tools to identify and analyze ethical issues.
- Callahan, Joan. (ed.). (1988). Ethical Issues in Professional Life
New York: Oxford University Press. Click this bookstore link to order.
Course Grading and Requirements:
Personal Homepage (No Credit):
Include a picture of yourself (contact the professor if you have trouble doing that), a brief autobiography, and a personal dilemma you care to share with the class that you
think has tested or challenged your own ethical principles or
values or sense of right and wrong. Did you resolve it? If so,
12 Discussion Board Responses (24 percent):
Each week you will answer a discussion question posted on the website. Read your fellow student responses and make additional comments for full credit.
12 Virtual Classroom Discussions (12 percent):
Since a transcript is made for every virtual classroom discussion, make sure you participate to get full credit.
Area Paper (18 percent):
Starting with PART II of the textbook, you will be put in a group and
and given an assignment for that group. You will write a 5-page paper detailing your assignment
for the week. During the virtual class discussion, you will lead a discussion about the topic
within small groups. Then, your group will lead a general discussion with the entire class.
Mid-Term Exam (14 percent):
You will be given an in-class exam to test your knowledge of the
concepts learned so far in the class.
Final paper (32 percent):
You will each write a 10-page paper with a bibliography detailing a case related to your own study interests
that you will find on your own. The paper
will detail the facts, and the conflicting values, principles, and loyalties involved.
Professional Ethics Course Outline
We will use this class time to get you comfortable with participating in an online course.
How to navigate around the class's website, create your own homepage,
chat within the virtual classroom, break out into small group discussions,
answer discussion board questions, and upload papers to the professor will
be some of the topics covered.
PART I: CONCEPTUAL AND FOUNDATIONAL ISSUES
Chapter 1: Basics & Backgrounds
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Chapter 2: Professions and Professionalization
Chapter 3: Occupational and Ordinary Morality
Chapter 4: Professionals and Clients: Models and Metaphors
President's Day Holiday
PART II: SOME RECURRING MORAL PROBLEMS
Chapter 5: Deception
Chapter 6: Informed Consent
You will be given an
Chapter 7: Privacy and Confidentiality
PART III: RESPONSIBILITY, DISSENT, JUSTICE, AND CHARACTER
Chapter 9: Social Responsibility and Professional Dissent
Chapter 10: Social Responsibility and Justice
Chapter 11: Character, Regulation, and Training
Chapter 8: Individual and Collective Responsibility
Final Papers Due