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Class #01


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Class #01

  1. 1. <ul><li>By the End of Class Today…. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fill out (both sides)/turn in student info sheet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get your picture taken! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For Next Time…. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read assignments listed for August 27 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read pages 1-8 in syllabus for course policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign into course website, look around to familiarize yourself, and respond to questions next to your picture (by 6:30 PM Wed.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Video help is available online for how to do this </li></ul></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Thinking of what you want to get out of your college education and this course, which of the following is most important to you? <ul><li>Acquiring information (facts, principles, concepts) </li></ul><ul><li>Learning how to use information and knowledge in new situations </li></ul><ul><li>Developing lifelong learning skills </li></ul>
  3. 3. Of these three goals, which do you think you can make headway on outside of class by your own reading and studying, and which do you think would be best achieved working with your classmates and me ? <ul><li>Acquiring information (facts, principles, concepts) </li></ul><ul><li>Learning how to use information and knowledge in new situations </li></ul><ul><li>Developing lifelong learning skills </li></ul>
  4. 4. Today We Will Go Over…. <ul><li>The C.S.T. Website </li></ul><ul><li>Course Texts </li></ul><ul><li>Course Learning Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Course Requirements and Grading </li></ul><ul><li>The Three Parts to the Course </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to Catholic Christian Ethics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethics at the Edges of Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Love, Justice and Society </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An opening group activity </li></ul>
  5. 7. Course Texts <ul><li>Xeroxed Packet of Readings (17 th edition) </li></ul><ul><li>Sr. Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Catholic Bishops, The Challenge of Peace </li></ul><ul><li>Note : The Prejean and Bishops texts are on reserve in the Library. All handouts and paper assignments are downloadable through the course website. </li></ul>
  6. 8. 10 (or so) Interesting Questions you’ll be able to answer at the end of the course <ul><li>Is morality just your own personal subjective opinion? Or are there moral TRUTHS? </li></ul><ul><li>How can the Church allow natural family planning but not artificial contraception? </li></ul><ul><li>How has the Church’s teaching on abortion changed drastically over the years? </li></ul><ul><li>Can married infertile couples use in vitro fertilization? </li></ul><ul><li>Should feeding be removed from patients like Terri Schiavo? </li></ul><ul><li>Is being poor something that individuals can control? Do illegal immigrants have rights? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the Church’s view on health care reform? </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t women have the right to be priests? </li></ul><ul><li>Did the Church use to be in the death penalty business and what are its current views on capital punishment? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the Church think that Christians should ever oppose the state? </li></ul>
  7. 9. Requirements & Grading <ul><li>Active Class Participation [20%] </li></ul><ul><li>Group Preparatory Writings [15%] </li></ul><ul><li>3 Papers (= 2 essays + 1 project) [45%] </li></ul><ul><li>Forum Contributions [5%] </li></ul><ul><li>Final Exam (Thursday, Dec. 17) [15%] </li></ul>
  8. 10. Question <ul><li>What aspects of life do a person’s ethical values/principles affect? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By “aspects of life,” I mean choices, activities, relationships, affiliations of one sort or another, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Follow someone from roughly your age to the time of death </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 11. CST Grade Distribution (1987 to present)
  10. 12. Andrew & Corey