GEET 304 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Ethical Decision Making
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GEET 304
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives Ethics is the study of how we ought to live well and how to live rightly. This course aims each student to have the opportunity to think deeply and systematically about the primary components of living a good human life and begin a lifelong process of reflection and self-scrutiny regarding her or his own life.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Define the major traditional theories, thinkers, and concepts in ethics
  • Analyze ethical problems, and defend his or her views both orally and in writing Develop critical thinking and writing skills
  • Apply these theories, concepts and principles both to controversial moral and social issues and to everyday ethical decision-making
  • Engage substantive personal reflection about the relationship between moral obligations and values and living a good human life
  • Develop critical thinking and writing skills
Course Content This course will be an introduction to moral philosophy through a number of central issues. Focus on normative ethics, meta-ethics and applied ethics, because of the normative ethics answer the questions: what is good, what is bad, what is wrong, what is wright. Meta- ethics also deal with nature of morality itself. Applied ethics, applies the theories of goodness and rightness to contemporary moral problems. With fundamental principle of ethics and professional ethics, students will be realize ethical principle in general and professional ethics.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to the course and ethics - Introduction to the course - Objectives and Expectations - Ethical dilemmas - What is and isn’t Ethics? Books: Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 ss.3-30
2 Sources of Ethical Standards - Ethical Theories - Virtue Approach Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010, pp. 184-207. Supplementary Readings: Alain de Botton, Consolation of Philosophy, Ch. 1: “Unpopularity”.
3 Sources of Ethical Standards - Ethical Theories - Virtue Approach - Case analysis Movie: Agora (2009), Director: Alejandro Amenábar
4 Review: Virtue Approach - Movie Discussion - Quiz I Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 ss. 184-207. Supplementary Readings: Plato, The Apology (of Socrates); Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics: Alasdair McIntyre, A Short History of Ethics, 1998, British Library ss.57-83.
5 Sources of Ethical Standards - Ethical Theories - Utilitarian Approach Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 ss. 31-57. Alain de Botton, Consolation of Philosophy, Ch. 2: “Not Having Enough Money”. Supplementary Reading: John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859.
6 Sources of Ethical Standards - Ethical Theories - Utilitarian Approach - Case analysis Movie: Eye in the Sky, Director: Gavin Hood
7 Review: Utilitarian Approach - Movie Discussion - Quiz II Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 ss. 31-57. Supplementary Reading: John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859; Alasdair McIntyre, A Short History of Ethics, 1998, British Library ss. 227-243.
8 Midterm Exam
9 Sources of Ethical Standards - Ethical Theories - Deontological Approach Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 ss. 103-139. Supplementary Reading: Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals.
10 Sources of Ethical Standards - Ethical Theories - Deontological Approach - Case analysis Movie: The Reader, (2008), Director: Stephen Daldry
11 Review: Deontological Approach – Quiz III Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 ss. 103-139. Supplementary Reading: Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals.
12 Markets and Morals / Selected Topic in Contemporary Discussions on Ethics Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 ss. 75-102. Supplementary reading and selected topic will be announced by instructor.
13 New Approaches to Ethics Reading will be provided by the lecturer.
14 Concluding Remarks Related themes will be discussed.
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Textbooks
References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
14
15
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
3
15
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
30
Final / Oral Exam
1
40
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
1
60
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
15
1
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
3
Homework / Assignments
8
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
20
Final / Oral Exam
1
25
    Total
108

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 Adequate knowledge in Mathematics, Science and Civil Engineering; ability to use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve Civil Engineering problems
2 Ability to identify, define, formulate, and solve complex Civil Engineering problems; ability to select and apply proper analysis and modeling methods for this purpose
3 Ability to design a complex system, device or product under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; ability to apply modern design methods for this purpose
4 Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for Civil Engineering practice
5 Ability to design and conduct experiments, gather data, analyze and interpret results for investigating Civil Engineering problems
6 Ability to work efficiently in Civil Engineering disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; ability to work individually
7 Ability to communicate effectively in Turkish, both orally and in writing; knowledge of a minimum of two foreign languages
8 Recognition of the need for lifelong learning; ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continue to educate him/herself
9 Awareness of professional and ethical responsibility
10 Information about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development
11 Knowledge about contemporary issues and the global and societal effects of engineering practices on health, environment, and safety; awareness of the legal consequences of Civil Engineering solutions

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest