The Star Trek series are remarkably philosophically rich. They raise deep questions about personhood, politics, culture, and morality. In this one-unit course, we will focus on the ethical dilemmas that are a hallmark of the Star Trek universe and evaluate competing ethical theories. Through the analysis of specific episodes, in-class discussions, and reflections, students will gain a deeper understanding of a wide range of ethical issues. This course offers students the chance to examine the moral reasoning and actions of characters across the series and to reflect on how themes such as artificial intelligence, leadership, sacrifice, and more, relate to our society today. Additionally, we will touch on the foundation of morality and how it is represented in the Star Trek Universe. Homework for this course includes one to two episodes assigned weekly, a relevant reading assigned weekly, a reflection assigned every other week, and one proposed discussion question. Grades will be calculated based on five reflections, participation, a proposed discussion question, and attendance.
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