Course Details

SWK245 Ethics in Social Science-ER

In this course we will analyze a variety of ethical issues of contemporary social concern. Among the issues are: abortion, physician-assisted suicide, the death penalty, privacy, pornography and censorship, social justice and affirmative action, gender issues, genetic engineering, cloning, and reproductive technology, environmental ethics and treatment of animals. The principal focus of the course will be on a careful study and critical examination of arguments and the application of those arguments to current events, issues in research specific to the disciplines and practice issues in Sociology and Social Work. The design of the course is to familiarize you with the tools needed to make more and ethical decisions that go across both disciplines. Sociology is a discipline that looks at society as a group and involves social ethics, legal ethics, environmental ethics, gender ethics, family ethics, bioethics, racism and sexism issues as well as personal and practical ethics. We will answer the questions of, what are our moral obligations to others? How can moral disagreements be rationally settled? What rights must a just society accord its citizens? What constitutes a valid excuse for wrong-doing?

Credit Hours: 3