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Philosophy Courses

PHIL 1201


Credits: 3

Description: Meets MnTC Goal Area(s):6,9 This course presents and examines moral theories, and applies these theories in contemporary moral issues such as articulate reproduction, abortion, sexual equality, racism, privacy, euthanasia, the environment, etc. The course develops one's sense of ethical and civic responsibility by developing the capacity to identify, discuss, and reflect upon the ethical dimensions of political, social, and personal life and to understand the ways in which they can exercise responsible and productive citizenship. This course also assists in developing critical thinking skills by developing thinkers who are able to unify factual, creative, rational, and value-sensitive modes of thought. Prerequisite(s): None

Credit Breakdown: 3/0/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)


This course should help you gain the following abilities and competencies.

Core Abilities

  1. Demonstrate effective communication/interaction skills.
  2. Demonstrate thinking/active learning skills.
  3. Demonstrate self-development skills.


  1. Examine, articulate, and apply your personal ethical views.
  2. Present, analyze, and define their own thesis or view on selected moral issues.
  3. Recognize and articulate the value assumptions that underlie and affect decisions, interpretations, analyses, and evaluations made by ourselves and others.
  4. Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and scientific issues.
  5. Apply core concepts (e.g. politics, rights and obligations, justice, liberty) to specific issues.

Guidelines for Success


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, learners are encouraged to register with Learning Services Director in Learning Enrichment Center for assistance with accommodations. It is the learner's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The college cannot assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to learners who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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