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Introduction

Now that we have covered a wide range of theories and philosophers, you have a final opportunity to put your knowledge into practice in this class and discuss your values with your classmates. How do you connect what you learned in this course with concrete actions you can take in the world? How might you comfortably analyze a popular video, equipped with the ethical knowledge you have learned in the last eight weeks? This activity aligns with module outcomes 1 and 2.

Discussion Question

  • Visit the site, change.org. You can look at the latest petitions or click “browse” to see a list of featured, popular, or recent petitions. Choose an ethical issue for which you would either sign a petition or create one. Share the issue with the class, and in a sentence or two, explain why it is important to you.
  • Find a YouTube video that contains a contemporary and recent ethical issue. Analyze your chosen YouTube video from the perspective of one or several ethical theories we have covered in this course. In what way could the video compel the viewer to take action?

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