As part of my Leadership Advancement Scholarship Program and Leadership Minor I was required to take a Moral Issues course. While the rest of my cohort took the designated PHL118L (Leadership) course, I chose not to take this class with my cohort but rather as a WI (writing intensive) course.
Last spring I was admitted into Central Michigan University’s Honors Program. This added new courses and requirements to my graduation plan, therefore putting me in a position to rearrange my course schedule for the next three years. There are very few classes which I get to take with my Leadership Advancement Scholar cohort so it was disappointing when I had to remove myself from one of them. But by taking Philosophy as a writing intensive I was able to double up on some of my graduation requirements.
It was interesting comparing my PHL118 experiences to the rest of my cohorts. While they all came back with bizarre stories from their professor my course was much more structured and textbook oriented. Within my course we focused on four main topics: Abortion, Euthanasia, Animal Ethics, and Environmental Ethics. Although these were the topics we focused on, the underlying, greater lesson gained in this class was the importance of logic and evaluation a conflicting arguments.
Our largest assignment for the course was an essay in which we created multiple drafts of over the semester. In this essay we chose a “Moral Issue” which could be seen as being unmoral or unjust. I chose to study and write about the morality of children participating in beauty pageants. Something that was interesting about this assignment was that I was not focusing on whether or not I believed the issue was moral, but what side truly presented the stronger case.
This concept is an important take away from my PHL118 experience. That despite what your own personal beliefs, preconceptions, or cultural views are, you are entitled to your position but must still consider all the realms of ideas their may be. The entire purpose of this course was to build skills in identifying logical arguments and have meaningful conversations about them. As a leader, one will always have their own views and opinions, but in this position it is one’s responsibility to listen to the views of others and make the best decision based off of logic and the results it may have.