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Through a combination of primary and secondary readings, lecture and discussion, individual and group projects, videos and moral case analysis, this course critically explores a number of significant issues and theoretical options in philosophical and religious ethics. The course is designed to promote student familiarity with varieties of ethical thought, and as a preparation for advanced work in ethics. Its purpose is to facilitate student development of engaged moral visions for ministry, activism and religious life in the contemporary world. The course’s focal concerns will include, but will not necessarily be limited to: 1) the nature and possibility of moral judgments in contexts of cultural diversity and pluralism; 2) the relationships between power, privilege, morality, and justice; 3) diverse construals of the relations between ethics and the religions; 4) concepts, traditions, and paradigms in ethical theory.