Final Projects, Introduction to Ethics

At its simplest, ethics is a system of moral principles. They affect how people make decisions and lead their lives. The study of ethics has evolved to encompass a variety of areas and sub-fields–bioethics, business ethics, moral philosophy, etc. This course focused on military and political ethics, on concepts such as “just war” theory and “situational” ethics versus “moral absolutism.” We looked at philosophies regarding war and violence with a particular focus on Mohandas K. Gandhi’s ideas in these areas. We explored Gandhi’s views about the U.S. decision to drop the atomic bomb, World War II and the Holocaust. We looked at contemporary issues as well–such as the U.S. use of torture, drones and economic sanctions during the “War on Terror.”

The final project focused on these contemporary concerns. Three of the groups made websites:

One group created a video on the ethical dilemmas of drone use:


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