Phil 162: Contemporary Moral Issues

Summer session 1, 2017 • University of California, San Diego

Instructor: Jason Winning      Lecture place/time: MANDE B-104, MW 11:00 am – 1:50 pm
Email:      Office hours place/time: HSS 7059, TBA
TA: Marcus McGahhey      TA office hours place/time: HSS 7043, TBA
TA email:      Discussion sections: (There are none.)
Final place/time:      TBA, Friday, 8/4/17, 11:30 am – 2:29 pm

Course Description

This course will examine several of the key moral topics of contemporary society.

Required Texts

There are no required books for this course. All readings will be made available electronically on TritonEd.

Course Mechanics

Lectures and Discussion: I lecture with slides. The slides will be used to focus discussion and organize complex material; they are not a substitute for the readings. The slides will be made available on TritonEd a few days after lecture. Students are expected to take careful notes and will be held responsible for the material discussed in class not found on the slides or in the readings.

Reading Assignments: Students are required to read each selection prior to class. You should take notes while reading, keeping track of questions or issues that arise. You should bring both the reading and the notes/questions to class.


To receive participation credit, you are required to come to each lecture with two questions prepared, based on the readings listed for that lecture. These will be turned in at the beginning of each class. These will be graded based on how well they provide clear evidence that you have thoroughly completed and seriously thought about the readings. They will also be used during in-class group exercises. To receive participation credit, you must also participate actively with your group during the group exercises.

All three exams will include a mixture of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, questions calling for a paragraph-length answer, and questions calling for a 1–2 page answer. Exam 1 will cover lectures 1, 2, and 3. Exam 2 will cover lectures 4, 5, and 6. The final exam will be comprehensive, but will be concentrated more heavily on lectures 7–10.

If the student performs better on exam 1 than on exam 2, then exam 1 will count for 30% of the final grade, and exam 2 20%. Otherwise, exam 1 will count for 20% of the final grade, and exam 2 30%.

Course Policies

Academic Integrity: All suspicions of academic misconduct will be reported to the Academic Integrity Office according to university policy. Academic misconduct is not just blatant cheating (e.g., copying off another student during an exam), but includes copying other students’ essays; copying or using old essays; forgetting to cite material you took from an outside resource; turning in work completed in total or in part by another. This is an incomplete list; if you have questions concerning academic misconduct it is your responsibility to ask me for advice.

Tentative Reading Schedule (subject to change)