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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course. You will learn how to balance freedom and responsibility to live humanely.

Learning Outcomes

When you have completed this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Identify what being human means.
  2. Describe the two worlds of experience: living true to moral beliefs (being humane) or resisting feelings of conscience (being inhumane).
  3. Identify the characteristics of living responsibly.
  4. Explain ethical action and identify the consequences of choices.
  5. List the benefits of generational relationships.
  6. Describe how to be a good citizen.

Course Materials

No additional materials are required for this course.

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This course contains six units. These units ask you questions, but they also generate questions. My hope is that the units help you answer your own questions.

This course uses material from the intellectual work of C. Terry Warner and from The Arbinger Company, a consulting firm that uses Warner’s work. The Arbinger Company has given permission to use the ideas in this educational setting. We are (and should be) grateful for their willingness to allow us to see what they have discovered about how the quality of life we experience is related to how we live true or false to our beliefs. There is more to it than that, of course, and our starting point will be a simple question: what does it mean to be human?

Self Check activities are provided throughout the course and are for your benefit in preparation for taking graded assignments. Remember, Self Check scores do not count toward your grade. They are simply for practice and self-assessment.

Unit Quizzes

There are six unit quizzes in this course—one for each unit. Unit quizzes do count toward your course grade, so you should study first and then try to do your best on them.

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This course has a comprehensive final exam. The exam covers all of the ideas from the six units and occasionally asks you to apply the ideas to specific situations and draw conclusions.

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Your grade for this course is determined by how well you do on the six graded assignments and the final exam. The unit quizzes and final exam are weighted as follows:

Unit Percentage Breakdown
Unit 1 Quiz 10%
Unit 2 Quiz 10%
Unit 3 Quiz 10%
Unit 4 Quiz 10%
Unit 5 Quiz 10%
Unit 6 Quiz 10%
Final Exam (Comprehensive) 40%
Grading Scale
A 100–94
A− 93–90
B+ 89–87
B 86–84
B− 83-80
C+ 79–77
C 76–74
C− 73–70
D+ 69–67
D 66–64
D− 63–60
E (fail) 59 or below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Summary: 6 computer-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.

A NOTE ABOUT PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking the work of someone else and claiming it as your own. To simply copy and paste ideas, words, or stories from the internet is stealing. This will NOT be tolerated at BYU Independent Study. If you plagiarize, you will receive an incomplete on the portfolio and must pay a fee to resubmit your own work. If you plagiarize twice, you will automatically fail the course.

Final Exam

Summary: 1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass with a score of sixty percent or higher in order to pass and earn credit for this course. There is no time limit on the exam.

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete this course.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor.

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.