Introduction to Ethics Course Overview

  • PHIL 1010 is a three-credit ethics course that introduces the major theories of normative ethics, with emphasis upon consequentialism, non-consequentialism, and virtue ethics. Further emphasis is given to application of these theories to perennial ethical dilemmas such as abortion, the death penalty, euthanasia, and war. Students will complete weekly discussions, a midterm examination, and final project. Upon completion of the course students should be able to navigate the various ethical theories, apply them critically, and articulate a vision of ethics, happiness, and the good life.

    *This course is considered an upper-level undergraduate course (300 level or above).

Introduction to Ethics Course Outcomes

  • Evaluate and interpret the major ethical systems
  • Apply ethical theories to major dilemmas and reach a logical outcome while avoiding common fallacies
  • Demonstrate critical thinking by exploring contemporary ethical problems
  • Construct and write original moral arguments
  • Develop a vision of the personal and professional moral life

Introduction to Ethics Course Prerequisites

  • There are no prerequisites for PHIL 1010.

How do exams work?

All exams are taken online. Major exams are required to be proctored online through ProctorU. For instructions on how to take your exams online, visit UNE Online’s ProctorU site. Please note exams must also be proctored with the UNE-approved external webcam.


How do labs work?

PHIL 1010 is a lecture-only course. We do not offer an associated lab component for this course.

Tuition & Fees

PHIL 1010: Lecture


  • Credits: 3
  • Tuition: $1,140
  • Registration: $30
  • Total: $1,170 (Total payment is due in full at the time of registration)

*The cost of the materials is not included in this total

Required course materials

  • Mandatory External Webcam and Whiteboard for Proctored Exams
  • Textbook:
    • All materials are Open Educational Resources (OERS) which are available within the course. There is no course material cost.
  • Lab Materials:
    • PHIL 1010 is a lecture-only course. We do not offer a lab component and therefore no lab materials are needing to be purchased.
As a Reminder

Complete at Your Own Pace within 16 weeks

24/7 Online Registration

Courses Typically Begin Every Two to Three Weeks

Working at the pace typical for a four-semester hour course, the average student will complete this online course in approximately 16 weeks. Many students have elected an online course for the sake of flexibility. Since the course is self-paced, you may be able to complete the course in less than 16 weeks.

You may enroll for a course at any time through our self-service registration portal. Payment is needed in full at the time of registration.

You must be registered for your class by 12:00 noon EST the Monday before the class starts. Your official start date is the date that the course opens and you will have 16 weeks from that date to complete your course.


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