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Beginning Ethics ONLINE
Course Section Information:
This is a fully online course. Students are required to compose essays, take online quizzes over the textbook readings, and participate in regular group discussions (discussion forums and weekly online chats).
Each week you will participate in an online chat session, discussing textbook material and issues related to the essay assignments. Your course "Journal" will contain answers to questions about the textbook readings. You will also be posting discussion board messages about "ethics in real life," and you will be collaborating (or co-laboring) with the class to produce a Wiki (linked Web pages) about ethics. For each main topic you will compose answers to some essay questions. Details about all of these components will be released during the first days of the class.
Special Section Registration Requirements:
This class usually reaches its official capacity within the first hours after registration begins. If you need to take Beginning Ethics online, when the schedule says this class is "closed," please request an override by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, explaining why you need this course.
Web Course Features (Students will be required to use):
Online Chat/Virtual Classroom
Other Wiki, Journal
Required Online Chat; Times, Dates and frequency of Online Chat Sessions: You will participate in weekly online chats with the instructor, typically arranged for Monday evenings (7:30-9:00 p.m.), Tuesday evenings (7:30-9:00 p.m.) and "lunchtime" twice a week (typically 12:15-1:00 TR). We will use the Blackboard (typed) chat room. You must reserve time in your personal schedule for these regular chat sessions, but it is possible to switch to another session as needed. A limited number of chat absences can be "made up" through commentary on the transcripts of chat sessions.
Very Important Information: The first online chat sessions for this class will be on Monday, Jan. 13, at 7:30-9:00 p.m., or Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 12:15-1:00 p.m., or Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7:30-9:00 p.m. You MUST attend one of these sessions--through Blackboard--to satisfy the university's "first day class attendance" policy. If your schedule does not permit you to attend one of these sessions, or if you cannot reserve time EVERY WEEK for Monday evenings or Tuesday evenings or Tuesday-and-Thursday lunchtimes, contact the instructor BEFORE you register for this class.
Printed Textbooks: Contemporary Moral Problems by James E. White. Be sure you get the TENTH edition of the text.
Instructor's Web Page (with syllabus and detailed course information):