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Introduction to Ethics examines human life, experience & thought in order to encourage students to discover and develop the principles and values for pursuing a more fulfilled existence. This course will cover all the foundationally necessary topics for a student to grasp an understanding of introductory ethics.  Topics covered will include morality, relativism, subjectivism, religious ethics, psychological egoism, ethical egoism, utilitarianism, human dignity, social contract theory and the ethics of virtue.  Guided by the course textbook, we will discuss the theories classic philosophers such as Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Hobbes, John Stuart Mills and Immanuel Kant, as well as modern essayists in the field of ethics and moral philosophy.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, state governments dominated American government. In the mid-1900’s, the role of the federal government in public policy making expanded to a great extent while the role of state governments diminished. Now, well into the 21st century, state and local governments are once again working in a new partnership with the federal government. This course will survey the structure, function, operation, policies and problems of American state and local governments. Students will gain an understanding of the way state and local governments function and the role of the states within the American political system.