Georgian College - Course Outline


Term: Winter 2019

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

One way equivalent(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:

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%


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.

© Georgian College 2018