SOC 120 All Weeks Material
SOC 120 Entire Course Introductions to Ethics & Social Responsibility
Relativism. Give an example of something that one culture might regard as a virtue that another culture might not. Explain why this could lead to relativism.
Egoism and Altruism. Psychological egoism claims that whatever we do, we do out of self-interest. Give an example of an act you think is not done out of self-interest, and explain how the psychological egoist might try to interpret that act as selfish.
School Prayer. John wants prayer in school, and Mary does not. Describe a compromise position you think John and Mary might agree on, and identify any problems that position might encounter.
Responsibility and Reward. You work hard in your office; overtime, weekends, and early mornings. You get paid well, but you realize your coworkers get paid the same as you do, though they do not put in the effort you do. Some have even been promoted ahead of you. Identify which of the responses below is the best one to adopt:
a. Continue to work hard and hope it is recognized
b. Begin slacking off
c. Roll your eyes at the other employees and make them feel guilty
d. Look for another job
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7.
Relativism and Morality. In “Some Moral Minima,” Lenn Goodman argues that there are certain things that are simply wrong. Do you think Goodman is right? Using specific examples, explore the challenges Goodman presents to relativism. Determine whether you think there are such universal moral requirements, and defend your answer in a well-argued three page paper.
Death Penalty. Advocates of the death penalty recognize that no system is...