Georgian College - Course Outline


Term: Fall 2017

Subject Code:
Course Number:
PLA Applicable:
Course Name:
Ethics and Issues
Grade Mode:
Credit Value:
Post Secondary



Co-requisite(s) and Concurrent Prerequisite(s):



GNED 2015 Analyzing Ethical Issues

Students are advised to retain course outlines for future use in support of applications for employment or transfer of credits

Course Description:

As individuals, and as a society, we are often faced with challenging and complex ethical issues. Ethical reasoning presents a framework for considering these issues in objective ways. In this course, students develop and apply critical thinking strategies to a variety of contemporary issues, such as biotechnology, legalization of drugs, and environmental degradation.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. identify sound and unsound arguments, including common fallacies;
2. explain the strengths and limitations of various ethical perspectives;
3. analyze contemporary issues using critical thinking strategies and ethical perspectives;
4. discuss and debate controversial issues in a rational and informed manner.

Course Content:

- Definitions of ethics
- Sound and unsound arguments
- Ethical perspectives
- Principles of debate
- Ethical issues


Tests/examinations/assignments must be written/submitted at the time specified. Requests for adjustments to that schedule must be made before the test/exam/assignment date to the faculty member. Failure to do so will result in a mark of “0”, unless an illness/emergency can be proven with appropriate documentation at no cost to the College.

The passing grade for all courses is 50%, or letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) unless otherwise noted below. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester of a program is 60% and is a requirement to graduate.

Evaluation is comprised of:
Assignments: 60%
Tests: 40%

Prior Learning Assessment:

This course is eligible for Prior Learning Assessment. If you feel you have acquired equivalent skills and knowledge through life and work experience, you can request an assessment. Contact your program co-ordinator, or the Office of the Registrar.


A student at Georgian College can appeal the following:

  1. a mark on the assignment, test, examination or practical experience;
  2. a final mark for a course or co-op work term;
  3. missing or incorrect assessment information on a grade report and/or transcript

A student cannot appeal a decision regarding whether or not a PLA or Exemption is available for an individual course, nor the method of challenge used.

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