Introduction to Ethics (HUM322) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Introduction to Ethics HUM322 3 0 0 3 4
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Discussion, Question and Answer.
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Course Objectives This course aims at introducing the central topics of ethics to the students, examining the works of the important philosophers in this field and showing the development of thinking on ethics.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • The students who succeeded in this course; - Recognise the need for ethical thinking. - Analyse the pros and cons of a course of action. - Learn the different types of ethical principles, values and virtues. - Articulate philosophically an ethical judgment. - Learn the historical development of ethical thinking. - Detect the upsides and downsides of each type of ethical theory.
Course Content Analysing and discussing the central topics of ethics, such as egoism, eudaimonism, utilitarianism, the moral law and the ethics of self-determinism; also, examining the ethical thinking of Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Mill, Bentham and Sartre.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 (I. Introduction: What is Ethics?) The Problems of Ethics: An Example. Socrates and Thrasymachus. The Subject of Ethics. An Alternative Conception of Morality. An Introduction to Ethics, pp. 1-14. Routledge Companion to Ethics, pp. 31-40. Living Philosophy, pp. 19-45.
2 (I. Introduction: What is Ethics?, cont’d) Two Types of Ethical Theory. The Problem of Deontology. The Idea of a Moral Community. Ethical Theories and Moral Ideals. An Introduction to Ethics, pp. 14-24. Routledge Companion to Ethics, pp. 41-62. Living Philosophy, pp. 46-95.
3 (II. Egoism) The Wise Pursuit of Happiness. The Concept of Happiness. The Primary Argument for Egoism. Psychological Egoism. An Alternative Argument for Egoism. An Introduction to Ethics, pp. 25-39. Routledge Companion to Ethics, pp. 111-121. Living Philosophy, pp. 26-41.
4 (II. Egoism, cont’d) The Hobbesian Program. Troubles with the Hobbesian Program’s Derivations. Troubles with the Hobbesian Program’s Scope. Thrasymachus’ Challenge Again. An Introduction to Ethics, pp. 39-55. Routledge Companion to Ethics, pp. 88-98. Living Philosophy, pp. 27-29, 170-177.
5 (III. Eudaimonism) Egoism v. Eudaimonism. The Platonic Form of Eudaimonism. Perfectionist Objections to Hedonism. Epicurus’ Answer. Mill’s Defense of Hedonism. An Introduction to Ethics, pp. 56-70. Routledge Companion to Ethics, pp. 52-62. Living Philosophy, pp. 26-41.
6 (III. Eudaimonism, cont’d) Plato’s Ethics. Rationalism v. Naturalism. Aristotle’s Naturalism. A Problem in Aristotle’s Program. Prospects for Contemporary Eudaimonism. An Introduction to Ethics, pp. 71-92. Routledge Companion to Ethics, pp. 478-489. Living Philosophy, pp. 30-33, 227-236.
7 Midterm The questions prepared by the course instructor.
8 (IV. Utilitarianism) Impartiality. Two Problems. Consequentialism. Mill’s Restatement of Utilitarianism. An Introduction to Ethics, pp. 93-107. Routledge Companion to Ethics, pp. 144-155. Living Philosophy, pp. 118-127.
9 (IV. Utilitarianism, cont’d) An Inconsistency in Mill’s Restatement. Rule Utilitarianism. Act Utilitarianism Revisited. Is Act Utilitarianism Self-Refuting? When Act Utilitarianism Ceases to Be an Ethical Theory. An Introduction to Ethics, pp. 107-122. Routledge Companion to Ethics, pp. 181-191. Living Philosophy, pp. 127-136.
10 (V. The Moral Law) Two Theories of Moral Law. Divine Command Theory. Rational Intuitionism. Ethics and Mathematics. An Introduction to Ethics, pp. 123-140. Routledge Companion to Ethics, pp. 99-110. Living Philosophy, pp. 99-117.
11 (V. The Moral Law, cont’d) Kant’s Way. Formalism in Ethics. The Problem with Kant’s Formalism. An Introduction to Ethics, pp. 140-156. Routledge Companion to Ethics, pp. 156-167. Living Philosophy, pp. 63-95.
12 (VI. The Ethics of Self-Determination) Kant’s Step Into Metaphysics. The Formula of Humanity. Is the Formula of Humanity an Independent Principle? The Formula of Autonomy and the Kingdom of Ends. Answering the Charge of Excessive Formalism. An Introduction to Ethics, pp. 157-173. Routledge Companion to Ethics, pp. 456-466. Living Philosophy, pp. 99-117.
13 (VI. The Ethics of Self-Determination, cont’d) Rationalism Revisited. Personal Autonomy. Existentialist Ethics. The Excesses of Existentialism. Existentialist Ethics Pruned of Excess. An Introduction to Ethics, pp. 174-195. Routledge Companion to Ethics, pp. 230-240. Living Philosophy, pp. 137-160.
14 (VII. Practical Reason) Meta-Ethics. Meta-Ethical Disputes: An Illustration. Aristotle’s Answer and an Existentialist Response. Can There Be Motives That Aim at Doing Evil for Its Own Sake? The Obsolescence of Aristotle’s Answer. The Eliminability of Teleological Explanations. An Introduction to Ethics, pp. 196-216. Routledge Companion to Ethics, pp. 253-320. Living Philosophy, pp. 301-315.
15 (VII. Practical Reason, cont’d) Modern Skepticism about Practical Reason. Hume’s Meta-Ethics. Practical Reason in Modern Philosophy. Kant’s Notion of Practical Reason. Freedom and Reason. An Introduction to Ethics, pp. 216-232. Routledge Companion to Ethics, pp. 320-365. Living Philosophy, pp. 206-224.
16 Final Exam The questions prepared by the course instructor.


Course Book 1. John Deigh, An Introduction to Ethics [Etiğe Giriş], Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
2. John Skorupski (ed.), Routledge Companion to Ethics [Routledge Etik El Kitabı], London: Routledge, 2010.
3. Ray Billington, Living Philosophy: An Introduction to Moral Thought [Yaşayan Felsefe: Ahlak Düşüncesine Bir Giriş], London: Routledge, 2003.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 40
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 60
Toplam 2 100
Percentage of Semester Work
Percentage of Final Work 100
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Adequate knowledge of subjects related to mathematics, natural sciences, and Electrical and Electronics Engineering discipline; ability to apply theoretical and applied knowledge in those fields to the solution of complex engineering problems.
2 An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems, ability to choose and apply appropriate models and analysis methods for this.
3 An ability to design a system, component, or process under realistic constraints to meet desired needs, and ability to apply modern design approaches for this.
4 The ability to select and use the necessary modern techniques and tools for the analysis and solution of complex problems encountered in engineering applications; the ability to use information technologies effectively
5 Ability to design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating complex engineering problems or discipline-specific research topics.
6 An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams, and ability of individual working.
7 Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; knowledge of at least one foreign language; active report writing and understanding written reports, preparing design and production reports, the ability to make effective presentation the ability to give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8 Awareness of the necessity of lifelong learning; the ability to access knowledge, follow the developments in science and technology and continuously stay updated.
9 Acting compliant with ethical principles, professional and ethical responsibility, and knowledge of standards used in engineering applications. X
10 Knowledge about professional activities in business, such as project management, risk management, and change management awareness of entrepreneurship and innovation; knowledge about sustainable development.
11 Knowledge about the impacts of engineering practices in universal and societal dimensions on health, environment, and safety. the problems of the current age reflected in the field of engineering; awareness of the legal consequences of engineering solutions.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 3 42
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 4 4
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 6 6
Total Workload 100