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SMC 2301 Course Description

Foundations of Practice: EthicsThis course develops a unified set of concepts and skills that form the foundation of objective moral reasoning. Included among those concepts are freedom, responsibility, the particular good, the common good, and the transcendent good. It elucidates those moral structures and precepts that are not only implicit in the nature of consciousness but also necessary for the flourishing of civilization. Thus, it builds upon the central ideas from SMC 1311 and SMC 1301.

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In Class Exercise

  1. Open an email message. What is your proposed topic?
  2. Search for an article about your topic by searching in the Discover Box to the left, while the "Discover" tab is highlighted
  3. When searching more than one concept, be sure to break your question into keywords and connect your search terms with the word and.
  4. What did you type for your search?
  5. Select a research article related to your topic. Skim through the article to get an idea what the article is about. 
  6. Copy or type the MLA citation for this article into the email message. You may need to edit this information. 
  7. In a sentence or two, what did you learn from this article that you didn't previously know? Write this in your own words.
  8. Consider this article's quality, including criteria listed on the Articles page and Evaluate page. Write one or two sentences about why you would or would not use this article in your annotated bibliography, considering the following:
    • Currency: What year was the article published?
    • Reliability: What is the scope of the journal?
    • Authority: What are the author(s)' credentials, especially related to this topic?
  9. Considering the article's relevance to your topic, how will this article advance your research?
  10. Type SMC 2301, your section and your name in the subject line of the email message.
  11. Email this information to dduesterhoeft@stmarytx.edu 

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