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Ethics for Students

  • Ethics Students Serve at Coachman Park 

    Ethics students making a difference

    We believe strongly in applying what we learn and part of this is volunteering and engaging outside of the classroom. We encourage everyone to get involved in community organizations that make a difference. To that end, several instructors give alternative assignments or extra credit involving Service Learning. Service learning is not only volunteering, but also reflecting academically on the experience. What insights did the experience provide?

    Service Learning step-by-step

    1. Find an organization you would like to volunteer with from the Preferred Organizations document. Other organizations may be considered. The instructor has the final decision. See the FAQ page for the requirements of organizations.
    2. Sign the Release of Liability and Expectations Contracts. These MUST be completed before you begin your volunteer hours. The date for submitting these will be early in the semester.
    3. Volunteer for the required hours. Typically, a professor will require 3 to 12 hours, giving more credit for more hours. The remaining documents will have to be turned in by the deadline assigned by the instructor, usually late in the semester, but before finals week. Check your syllabus.
    4. Use the Volunteer Verification form to keep a log of the dates and times you volunteered along with the proper signatures and turn it in to your ethics instructor.
    5. Write a one-page essay reflecting upon your volunteer service. The Reflection Assignment document will help as a guide. You should include what you learned about yourself, others and the organization you worked with. You should also include how your perceptions have changed through this experience.
    6. Finally complete the Service Learning Survey. After you complete the survey, you will receive a confirmation page print this or copy and paste into a drop box following your Instructor's guidelines. 

    Learn more by reading our Service Learning FAQs.To have your organization listed or to learn more about the Applied Ethics Institute call 727-341-4335. 

  • PHI 1010   Introduction to Philosophycredits: 3

    An introductory survey of the major topics and fields in the history of philosophy that examines ideas and concepts of significant thinkers from classical to contemporary philosophy through the examination and evaluation of arguments, issues, and ideas central to philosophy by utilizing discussion and debate concerning alternative approaches to a variety of philosophical problems. Topics may include the nature of knowledge, reality, truth, virtue, justice, and other areas of philosophical inquiry. This course satisfies SPC Humanities General Education Core, and FL state transfer requirements. Credit is not given for both PHI 1010H and PHI 1010 as these courses are equivalent.

    PHI 1010H   Honors Introduction to Philosophycredits: 3

    An introductory survey of the major topics and fields in the history of philosophy that examines ideas and concepts of significant thinkers from classical to contemporary philosophy through the examination and evaluation of arguments, issues, and ideas central to philosophy by utilizing discussion and debate concerning alternative approaches to a variety of philosophical problems. Topics may include the nature of knowledge, reality, truth, virtue, justice, and other areas of philosophical inquiry. Special emphasis will be given to theoretical traditions of Western thought such as idealism, materialism, rationalism, and existentialism, as well as Post-Modern and non-Western theoretical positions. This course satisfies SPC Humanities General Education Core, and FL state transfer requirements. Credit is not given for both PHI 1010H and PHI 1010 as these courses are equivalent.

    Prerequisite: Appropriate score on the SPC placement test or approval of the Dean.

    PHI 1600   Studies in Applied Ethicscredits: 3

    This course is a practical overview of key issues, questions and concepts in applied ethics. Special emphases are placed on the historical development of ethical thinking, a variety of ethical approaches and on multicultural aspects of ethics. Students will also examine a variety of personal, social and professional ethical issues and problems and learn methods of resolving them through the use of critical thinking skills, sound ethical reasoning and legal and professional codes. Students are provided an active learning experience, increased student interaction and opportunities for independent research into ethical issues of personal interest. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements. This course meets the College's general education requirements for applied ethics. Credit is not given for both PHI 1600 and any of the following courses: PHI 1603, PHI 1602H, PHI 1631, PHI 2621, PHI 2622, PHI 2635 or PHI 2649.

    Prerequisite: (REA 0017 and ENC 0025) Or EAP 1695 or Appropriate score on the SPC placement exam

    PHI 1600H   Honors Studies in Applied Ethicscredits: 3

    This course is designed to provide the academically gifted student an analytical approach to understanding and resolving ethical issues confronting an individual in today's society. Emphasis is placed on understanding the historical development of ethical thinking, critical analysis of a wide variety of ethical theories representative of major themes of ethical philosophy, ethical issues, and evaluation of multicultural and historical aspects of ethics. Students will also use logical reasoning, critical thinking skills, and resources such as legal and professional codes to evaluate differing points of view on a wide variety of ethical issues, and to synthesize personal opinions. The seminar format encourages individual and collaborative effort, independent research, and verbalization of concepts. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements. Credit is not given for both PHI 1602H and any of the following courses: PHI 1600, PHI 1603, PHI 1631, PHI 2621, PHI 2622, PHI 2635 or PHI 2649.

    Prerequisite: Appropriate score on SPC placement test or approval of the Dean.

    PHI 2103   Critical Thinking and Ethical Decision Makingcredits: 3

    This course introduces students to critical thinking tools and techniques, and provides students with the practical skills needed to analyze and assess situations in order to resolve complex problems and make responsible and ethical decisions.

    Prerequisite: PHI 1600 PHI 1600H PHI 1603 PHI 1631 PHI 2635 or PHI 2649

    PHI 2621   Applied Ethics IIcredits: 1

    This course is designed to meet the needs of the student who has initially completed a 2 credit Ethics course, but needs a 3 credit Ethics course. This course is a practical approach to recognizing, understanding and solving ethical problems confronting individuals in today's society. Students will learn concepts in applied ethics and selected ethical theories, which represents additional main themes in moral philosophy. Emphasis will be placed on the development of skills necessary for critical thinking and responsible decision making. Credit will not be given for both PHI 2621 and any of the following courses: PHI 1600,1602H, 2635, 2649,1631 or PHI 2622.

    Prerequisite: PHI 1603

    PHI 2622   Professional Applied Ethicscredits: 1

    This course is designed to meet the needs of the student who has initially completed a 2 credit Ethics course but needs a 3 credit Ethics course. This course is a practical approach to recognizing, understanding and solving ethical problems confronting individuals in today's society, with particular emphasis on business. Students will learn concepts in applied ethics and selected ethical theories which represent additional main themes in moral philosophy. Emphasis will be placed on the development of skills necessary for critical thinking and responsible decision making in business. Credit will not be given for both PHI 2622 and any of the following courses: PHI 1600, 1602H, 2635, 2649, 1631 or PHI 2621.

    Prerequisite: PHI 1603.

    PHI 2623   Ethics for Educatorscredits: 3

    This course is designed to meet the needs of current K-12 educators who teach or will be teaching in the State of Florida, but need an approved Ethics Course to be certified or recertified to teach. This course is a practical approach to recognizing, understanding and solving ethical problems confronting educators in today's society. Students will learn concepts in applied ethics and selected ethical theories, which represent main themes in moral philosophy. Students will learn current Principles of Professional Conduct, Board of Education rules and relevant Florida Statutes, and will learn the use of said codes, rules and laws in resolving ethical issues. Emphasis will be placed on the development of skills necessary for critical thinking and responsible decision making in the educational arena.

    Prerequisite: BA or BS degree or permission of Program Director.

    PHI 2624   Ethics in Popular Culture and Entertainmentcredits: 3

    This course is a study of the fundamental concepts of classical and modern approaches to moral reasoning as identified in various forms of popular culture and entertainment. A review of fundamental ethical definitions and concepts, elements of critical thinking and logic, and classical and contemporary approaches to moral reasoning will precede the examination and analysis of selected forms of popular culture and entertainment. The analysis phase will consist of an examination of the selected materials with a view to identifying the presence of issues and dilemmas of moral significance. Fictional and historical characters will then be assessed as to their critical thinking processes and their approaches to the resolution of moral dilemmas.

    Prerequisite: PHI 1600 PHI 1600H PHI 1631 PHI 2635 or PHI 2649

    PHI 2646   Ethics in Fables and Storiescredits: 3

    This course is a study of the fundamental concepts of classical and contemporary approaches to ethical reasoning as identified in various forms of fables and classical stories. The analysis will consist of an examination of the selected materials with a view to identifying the presence of issues and dilemmas of ethical significance. Fictional and historical characters? approaches to the resolutions of moral dilemmas will be assessed. Fables and stories will be evaluated to make meaningful and useful connections to contemporary dilemmas and decisions.

    Prerequisite: PHI 1600 or PHI 1600H or PHI 1631 or PHI 2635 or PHI 2649

    PHI 2921L   Ethics Bowl Laboratorycredits: 1

    This course offers training and experience in analyzing ethical case studies and prepares students to compete in intercollegiate ethics bowl competitions. It provides students the opportunity to improve critical thinking, public speaking and debating skills in order to succeed at intercollegiate ethics competitions. This course may be taken 4 times for credit.

    Prerequisite: PHI 1600 or PHI 1600H or PHI 1631 or PHI 2635 or PHI 2649 or permission of program director.

    PHI 2950   Ethics Debate Teamcredits: 3

    This course offers training and experience in analyzing ethical case studies and prepares students to compete in intercollegiate ethics debate competitions. It provides students the opportunity to improve critical thinking, public speaking, debating, and research skills which will enhance many aspects of the student?s life, including success in ethics debate competitions.

    Prerequisite: PHI 1600 or PHI 1600H or PHI 1631 or PHI 2635 or PHI 2649

  • TextbooksSometimes you can tell a book by its cover. The cover of Ethics Applied 7.0 displays a variety of navigational devices—past and present. These devices represent the authors’ intent to help readers develop a heightened awareness of the risks and rewards of ethical decisions made in everyday life – often referred to as one’s moral compass. A compass, map, or GPS can not only help you decide which way to turn, or which option is best for your purpose, they are particularly useful when you are lost or can’t get your bearings. Navigational help makes getting back on track in the direction you want to go much easier.

    Ethics Applied 7.0 encourages readers to consider situations carefully and apply ethical principles to the challenges of daily life. Designed for the undergraduate first course in ethics, this new edition offers students a strong foundation in classic and contemporary approaches to moral reasoning while also providing a wide variety of applications for further study. Developed by faculty at St. Petersburg College in Florida, the text has been thoroughly updated and revised to offer students the most current applications of ethics along with dedicated chapters covering the underpinnings of most ethical theories.

    Ethics Applied 7.0 asks students to stop and think, reflectively, to use the powers of critical thinking and moral reasoning to apply ethical principles they've read about and considered thoughtfully. The chief outcome is that students will have a grasp of theories and - more importantly - be able to develop and apply their own approaches to moral decision-making. View Ethics Applied Table of Contents.

    Ethics Applied 7.0 is available for purchase at any St. Petersburg College bookstore, and online at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble’s website (bn.com).
    • ISBN: 1256825352

    OR

    Ethics Applied, Edition 7.5, Goree, Manias and Till
    Pearson Education Publishing, 2015
    (ISBN: 9781323293164)

    Textbooks are also available at every St. Petersburg College library but must be read at the library.

     

  • Ethics Club

    Ethics-in-Action is dedicated to creating greater awareness about ethical issues on campus and beyond, and promoting action to help improve life for everyone. Meetings held on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. For more information, contact Professor Lee Miller at 727-341-4780 or miller.lee@spcollege.edu.

    Clearwater Ethics Club is directed by Professor Melissa Coakley. For more information call her at 727-791-2406 or coakley.melissa@spcollege.edu.

    Compassion equal ethics

    "You cannot do a kindness too soon because
    you never know how soon it will be too late."

    --- Ralph Waldo Emerson

    SPC Dead Philosophers Society is directed by Professor David Monroe. For more information please contact the Ethics office at 727-341-4335 or Monroe.david@spcollege.edu.

  • The Applied Ethics Institute has several scholarships available to students enrolled in its Ethics classes.

    Keith Goree Memorial Scholarship through the SPC Foundation

    Keith Goree Memorial Scholarship (F) – Established by the family of Keith Goree to celebrate his life and remarkable accomplishments. Scholarships will be available for students taking applied ethics courses who have a 2.5 or higher GPA and a demonstrated financial need. For application instructions and deadlines visit the Foundation Scholarship website.

    Fall Applied Ethics Scholarship

    One $200 scholarship will be awarded at each of the five major campuses (CL, SPG, TS, SEM, DT/MT). Eligibility for this scholarship includes:

    1. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an SPC Applied Ethics Institute course

    • This includes electives
    • Professional responsibility courses or ethics courses from other departments do not qualify

    2. Applicants must be currently passing and participating in their ethics course to qualify.

    • Students who are in danger of administrative withdrawal or are not meeting their instructor’s academic standards should not be considered.

    3. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    Apply Now
    The submission process and deadlines will be made available to students enrolled in the appropriate classes.
     

    Spring Applied Ethics Scholarships

    One $200 scholarship will be awarded at each of the five major campuses (CL, SPG, TS, SEM, DT/MT).
    Eligibility for this scholarship includes:

    1. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an SPC Applied Ethics Institute course

    • This includes electives
    • Professional responsibility courses or ethics courses from other departments do not qualify

    2. Applicants must be currently passing and participating in their ethics course to qualify.

    • Students who are in danger of administrative withdrawal or are not meeting their instructor’s academic standards should not be considered.

    3. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    Apply Now
    The submission process and deadlines will be made available to students enrolled in the appropriate classes.
     

    Certified Fraud Examiners Ethics Scholarship

    One $250 scholarship will be awarded at each of the four major campuses (CL, SPG, TS, SEM).

    Eligibility for this scholarship includes:

    1. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an SPC Applied Ethics Institute course

    • This includes electives
    • Professional responsibility courses or ethics courses from other departments do not qualify

    2. Applicants must be currently passing and participating in their ethics course to qualify.

    • Students who are in danger of administrative withdrawal or are not meeting their instructor’s academic standards should not be considered.

    3. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    Apply Now
    The submission process and deadlines will be made available to students enrolled in the appropriate classes.