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Ethics in America

Study Guide Kit

Study Guide Specifications

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DSST 3 hours $80

DSST exams are administered at colleges and universities

This study guide for Ethics in America should provide a broad overview of the theory, concepts, and application of ethics for the student who wishes to challenge the DSST test on ethics at the lower baccalaureate level for three semester hours of credit.

Ethics is a subdivision of philosophy, also called moral philosophy. Writers about ethics say they seek to answer the questions of how we should live, and why we should live that way. Ethics is not science; it is not the study of the physical world. It is the study of the behavior of people. The study of ethics is as logical and certain as how people live their lives, what decisions they make, what actions they take, what guide they use, and how they should live their lives. There is often no clear logic and certainty in ethics.

All the specifics discussed in the study guide are applications of the theory that will have been covered. The theories merely are applied to practical situations that we encounter as we live our lives. The areas of practice that are discussed in the study guide are work life, personal life including marriage and divorce, medical care, the environment, and government actions such as censorship and minority programs. This study guide is meant to review and reinforce content theory. Then the goal is to apply, apply, apply the theory to actual situations. In the study guide, only one sentence or definition on a particular theory or concept may be given, but in the DSST exam, six questions may be asked about it on a specific application. That is why completing the exercises at the end of each section is very important to your understanding, memory, and application of the theory.

At the successful completion of the study guide, the student should be able to:

  • Identify and analyze components of ethical traditions (Greek views, Biblical traditions, moral law, consequentialist ethics, feminist ethics)
  • Analyze ethical aspects of various issues arising in interpersonal and personal-societal relationships and in professional and occupational roles (such as law, government, medicine, business military service, journalism)
  • Analyze relationships between ethical traditions and apply ethical analysis to situations

This overview of the topic is designed to prepare you to pass the DSST examination titled "Ethics in America." The study guide is organized into seven units. As you read the text, pay particular attention to the terms in bold print, as test-out exams tend to be vocabulary-intensive. Short-answer questions are at the end of each unit. In addition, a final comprehensive multiple-choice practice exam appears at the end of the book. This practice examination is formatted like the actual test. Taking the practice exam will reinforce key concepts from the study guide, identify areas for further review, provide a gauge for managing testing time appropriately, and verify that the material has been mastered.

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