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Fort Hays State University
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Phone: 785-628-4249
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Certificate in Moral and Political Philosophy

(choose 3 courses, 9 hours)

Do animals have rights? Is cloning ethical? Should we conduct stem cell research? When should we turn off life support? The Bioethical Studies certificate addresses questions like these that you should think about, especially if you are considering a career in health care or medicine. The following courses complete this certificate:

PHIL 201 – Political Philosophy (3)
A critical introduction to topics such as state authority, human rights, justice, liberty, and equality, which are at the heart of understanding the nature of politics and what it is to live responsibly in society.  This class is offered both on campus and online through the Virtual College.

PHIL 340 Ethics (3) 
A critical examination of attempts by philosophers to understand the moral dimension of human life, which involves topics such as good and evil, rights and duties, reason and emotion, and the objectivity of values.  This class is offered both on campus and online through the Virtual College.

IDS 400 Bioethics (3)
An examination of ethical issues which result from our expanding biological knowledge such as animal rights, genetic testing, biological engineering, abortion, euthanasia, the impact of humans on the environment, and the just allocation of resources. This class is offered both on campus and online through the Virtual College.

IDS 401 – Ethical Issues in the Professions and Business (3)
An examination of ethical issues in the professional lives of people in science, education, medicine, law, and business arising from the challenge of maintaining personal integrity in the face of apparent conflicts of duty. This class is offered both on campus and online through the Virtual College.

PHIL 401 – Philosophy of Law (3)
A study of topics such as the nature of law, the relation of morality to the law, the moral justification of the use of coercion in enforcing the law, the significantly different types of law, and challenges to traditional understandings of the law. 

PHIL 490 – Topics in Philosophy (1-3)
A study of a particular philosopher or philosophical topic not otherwise available in the curriculum. The content of this course will vary from semester to semester, and students may enroll more than once.  When topic is relevant and chair approves.

PHIL 672 – Readings in Philosophy (1-3)
A tutorial course intended for those with some concentration in philosophy. The content of this course will vary from semester to semester, and students may enroll more than once. Requires permission of the instructor.  When topic is relevant and chair approves.

PHIL 675 – Seminar in Philosophy (1-3)
An intensive examination of a particular philosopher or philosophical topic. The content of this course will vary from semester to semester, and students may enroll more than once. Requires permission of the instructor. 




 

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