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DSST Ethics in America Exam Outline

Updated: Mar 17

DSST exams are a great way to get college credits without attending class!

If you're studying for the Ethics in America DSST exam, check out what you can expect.

Our outline will help you focus your studying and know what topics might be covered on the test.

Table of Contents

  1. Ethical Traditions

  2. Ethical Analysis of Issues and Practical Applications

  3. Conclusion

  4. Student Resources

  5. References

1. Ethical Traditions

Ethical Traditions (43% - 45%)
Ethical Traditions (43% - 45%)

  • Thucydides: Wrote the History of the Peloponnesian War.

  • Socrates: Felt that ethics was born of human conflict.

  • Plato: Believed the organization of the soul of a good person is similar to the organization of the social classes in an ideal society.

  • Aristotle: The good for which all humans aspire is happiness, which is the activity of the soul.

  • Religious traditions: The morally right action is the one that God commands.

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  • Epictetus: Our moral responsibility lies in the things we control.

  • Aquinas: Put forth the eternal law as the road map for ethics.

  • Hobbes: He believed that all acts are ultimately self-serving.

  • Locke: Everybody must be moved by a desire for happiness or pleasure.

  • Rousseau: in an ideal society, no one is above the rules.

Greek Views
Greek Views

  • Kant: Divided moral philosophy into two domains, that of justice or law on the one hand and that of ethics or virtue on the other.

  • Rawls: Envisioned a society of free citizens holding equal fundamental rights cooperating within an egalitarian economic system.

  • Nozick: Best known for his version of an "externalist" theory of knowledge.

  • Consequential ethics: Epicurus, Smith, Bentham, Mill, Rand. Consequentialists hold that choices, acts, and intentions are morally assessed solely by the states of affairs they bring about.

  • Feminist ethics: Gilligan, Noddings. Feminist ethics was an attempt to revise, reformulate, or rethink traditional ethics to the extent it depreciates or devalues women's moral experience.

2. Ethical Analysis of Issues and Practical Applications

Ethical Analysis of Issues and Practical Applications (55% - 57%)
Ethical Analysis of Issues and Practical Applications (55% - 57%)

  • Morality, relationships, and sexuality.

  • Life and death issues.

  • Economic inequity, poverty, and equal opportunity.

  • Racism and affirmative action.

  • Punishment.

War and Peace

  • War and peace.

  • Life-centered and human-centered ethics.

  • Human rights.

  • Biomedical ethics.

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3. Conclusion

In this blog post, we've outlined the key topics you can expect to see on the DSST Ethics in America exam.

We've also explored some of the ethical theories and principles that will be covered.

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4. Student Resources

5. References

DSST Ethics in America Fact Sheet

DSST Ethics in America Fact Sheet
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