Loyola University Chicago

University Core

Knowledge Area: Ethics

Learning Outcome: Demonstrate ethical awareness, the ability to do ethical reflection, and the ability to apply ethical principles in decision-making.

Developing a student's ethical awareness, reflection, and decision-making ability is central to a Core Curriculum. Ethics enables a student to use specific capacities and skills to make moral decisions. Students should develop, demonstrate and act out their ethical abilities. This will occur as a student learns to recognize when situations call for ethical judgment and how to use the language and distinctions of ethics to respond ethically to those situations.

Competencies: By way of example, Loyola graduates should be able to:

  • Recognize the need for ethical judgment.
  • Distinguish alternative courses of action.
  • Articulate the relevant ethical values, principles, rights, and virtues from the point of view of each stakeholder.
  • Formulate and support an ethical judgment.
  • Compare and contrast ethical theories and evaluate them in terms of strengths and weaknesses.

Ethics Courses  (1 course required)

PHIL 181: Ethics
This course is a general introduction to ethics or moral philosophy.

Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of criteria for choosing between conflicting ethical theories, moral disagreement, the justification of moral judgments, and the application of ethical standards to practical decision-making and ethical questions that arise in everyday life.
PHIL 182: Social and Political Philosophy
This course will investigate one of the central questions of philosophy and social theory: how we, as human beings, should live together. 

Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the major philosophical questions in the area of social philosophy with attention to the historical and conceptual development of these questions, and be able to articulate some of the major problems and responses central to this area of philosophy.
THEO 185: Introduction to Christian Ethics
This course explores the major sources, methods, and insights of Christian social and theological ethics. Particular attention is given to Roman Catholic thought.

Outcome: Students will identify the major sources of Christian ethics (Scripture, Church tradition, philosophy, the social and human sciences, and human experience), and gain practice in identifying how different thinkers use, interpret, and prioritize these sources.
 THEO 186: Global Religious Ethics
This course explores fundamental moral sources and methods in Christian ethics in dialogue with the ethical understandings of at least two religious traditions. In doing so, it explores moral issues faced by individuals and communities from theological perspectives, particularly mindful of how the economic, political and cultural structures in a religiously plural world affect those issues.

In this course, students will explore and compare the ethical understandings of Christianity and at least one other religious tradition.  With respect to each tradition, students will learn about the foundational sources, doctrines and questions that guide its ethical thinking.