We will critically examine four controversial topics: Pornography and Free Speech; Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide; Punishment and the Death Penalty; and Abortion. The class has two main aims: (1) to introduce you to some central concepts in ethical theory and moral reasoning; and (2) to help you begin to develop views about the aforementioned topics that you can articulate and defend. Among the questions we will consider are the following: Is pornography harmful? Do we have a right to determine the manner and time of our own deaths? Should the death penalty be retained or abolished in the United States? Is the human fetus a person? What is the relation between morality and the law?