102A CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS -- Talbott, 5 credits.

This course will examine several controversial and widely discussed moral issues, with careful attention to the reasons that have been or might be given to support one side or the other on each issue. Among the specific issues to be discussed will be world hunger, laws against drug use, environmental ethics, abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide. We will also devote some attention to the general moral principles and values that bear on such issues and to the elementary rules of logical and moral reasoning. There will be a midterm and a final exam, consisting primarily of short-answer essay questions, and there will be weekly written assignments (approximately 1 page). Suitable for nonmajors; no prerequisites. Meets VLPA and I&S Requirements.

TEXT: Bonevac, Today's Moral Issues (2nd ed.)