Courses in Which Ethics Is a Significant but Secondary Focus

The schedule of course offerings varies from semester to semester; in other words, not all courses listed here are offered every semester. See the College Catalog for details.

ANT 261 - Science, Religion, and Society

Inquiry into the production and cultural meanings of scientific knowledge and technological change. Comparison of the function and rhetoric of scientific "truths" to other modes of truth-production, such as religion, and consideration of the cultural production of the language of science. Topics include the conflict and dialogue between science and religion, rationality, ethics and the practice of science, environmental issues, and social change.

ANT 372 - Visualizing Anthropology

This seminar introduces students to the theories and methods necessary for making ethnographic films. Students will conduct fieldwork and make a documentary film on a particular aspect of social and cultural behavior. Emphasis is placed on developing the critical skills needed for resolving some of the ethical, technical, and aesthetic problems that may emerge during the documentation of social and cultural behavior.

BIO 361 - Issues in Reproductive Medicine

Advances in medical science give us an ever-increasing mastery of our "natural" reproductive processes. Technologies for controlling our fertility, diagnosing and treating the fetus, and allowing premature neonates to complete their development ex-utero challenge our traditional ideas of parenthood, family and even personal identity. The economic, emotional, and socio-cultural costs of these medical advances are very high. In addition, myriad ethical and legal questions are raised by the possibilities and permutations created by the new reproductive technologies. The course begins with an overview of the natural reproduction in humans and the basic principles of biomedical ethics. Focus then turns to issues surrounding the control of fertility and infertility, fetal life, birth, and the neonatal period.

BIO 401 - Senior Colloquium

A capstone course for the major which focuses on a current issue in the biological sciences that has ethical, political, legal, and social implications. Colloquium members choose the specific topic for the semester and work collaboratively on a major project related to that topic. At the end of the semester, students present their findings to the department.

CIS 380 - Issues in Medicine

This course has two main components. 1) In the classroom, students examine the four principles of medical ethics: patient autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice. Guest ethicists/physicians provide lectures and discussions of issues important to the ethical practice of medicine. Each student makes a class presentation on an ethical topic of his or her choice. 2) In area clinics and hospitals, students observe eight medical practices and write both descriptive and reflective summaries of their activities.

MIL 401 - Developing Adaptive Leaders

Develops cadet proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and providing performance feedback to subordinates. Cadets assess risk, make ethical decisions, and lead fellow ROTC cadets. Lessons on military justice and personnel processes prepare cadets to make the transition to Army officers. Includes instruction in risk management, training management, code of conduct, rules of engagement, counseling, and evaluations.

PHI 222 - Philosophy and Technology

In the twentieth century, computers have been at the forefront of technological advance. In this course, we study the ways in which computer technology intersects with philosophy. The course is divided into four sections: the nature of computability, computers and the mind, computers and epistemology, computers and ethics.

PHI 385 (=ENG 385) - Philosophy and the Narrative Arts

This course explores philosophical themes in literature and film as well as philosophical questions about the study of these narrative arts. Topics vary, and have included freedom and determinism, ethics, authorial intentions, materialism, genre, medium specificity, and realism.

POL 205 - Family and Justice

Examination of the ways in which families and political and economic institutions shape one another, with special emphasis on policies that promote marriage over 'alternative' family arrangements; state-mandated family leave policies; 'family-friendly' corporate employment practices; same-sex marriage; divorce law; and welfare reform.

POL 316 - Civil Liberties

Analysis of Constitutional guarantees of civil liberties in the United States with special focus on the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment.

POL 318 - Strategy and Ethics in Campaigns

This course will explore the vocation of political candidates by discussing strategic and ethical dilemmas that they face in election campaigns. Students in the course will examine why politicians run for office, how they try to win office, and whether their decisions in these areas are normatively desirable.

POL 338 - Environmental Politics

This course takes a problem-based approach to the politics of the environment. We'll use a series of environmental cases to highlight the political challenges of solving environmental problems, and we'll discuss a range of concepts and strategies that may be helpful in understanding and overcoming those challenges. We'll look at the history of environmental politics, both domestically and internationally, and the range of stakeholders that have played important roles in the evolution of environmental policy. We'll cover biodiversity loss, climate change, deforestation, pollution, and other environmental issues.

PSY 314 - Psychological Research - Clinical

Research methodologies and statistical techniques used in clinical research. Ethical and practical constraints on the empirical study of clinical problems. Students critique empirical articles in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine in lecture/discussion, and develop skills with multivariate statistics. Required participation in research experiences as subjects and investigators.

PSY 315 - Psychological Research - Child Development

Research methods for studying child development are examined in lecture, laboratory and field settings. Methods include observations, interviews, and experiments with emphasis on ethical implications of research with children and research designs commonly used by developmental psychologists. Course requirements include participation in research as investigators.

PSY 316 - Psychological Research - Industrial/Organizational

Research methods and statistical techniques used in industrial/organizational psychology examined through lectures, laboratories, and field studies. Students gain knowledge and experience in research methods used in these fields. Students will be expected to apply these techniques and methods to complete individual research projects. Ethical and practical issues in organizational research discussed. Course requirements include participation in research as investigators.

PSY 318 - Psychological Research - Social

Research methods and statistical techniques used in social psychology are examined through lecture, laboratory, and field research. Students will gain knowledge in formulating research questions, translating them into research methodologies, data collecting, and analysis. Comparative strengths of different methodologies, ethical issues, and scientific writing will be emphasized. Course requirements include participation in research as investigators.

PSY 319 - Psychological Research - Adult Development

Research methods, concepts, empirical findings, and ethics for studying adult development (focus on younger and older adulthood) are explored in lecture and laboratory settings. Course requirements include participation in research as investigators.

PSY 401 - Issues in Psychology

Central issues in psychology that cut across previous course boundaries. Specific topics vary year by year. The course reviews major approaches to psychology (e.g., Behaviorist, Biological, Cognitive, Evolutionary, Humanist, Psychoanalytic) and explores ethical principles that apply to a variety of situations that psychologists face.

REL 247 - Food in Religious Perspective

Examines food practices in various religious traditions; explores contemporary ethical dilemmas concerning what we eat.

REL 257 - Death, Dying, and the Afterlife

This course explores religious, ethical, psychological, and cultural dimensions of dying, death, and the afterlife. It considers a range of topics, including scientific and religious perspectives on embodiment within the context of dying and death, varying definitions of death, and the ritual meanings associated with death.

REL 270 - Classical Hinduism

Historical, thematic, and theological consideration of selected aspects of classical Hinduism. Topics include concepts of divinity, the place in religious life of sacred narrative and ritual, the religious significance of the intellect and emotions, devotional sensibilities, the value and role of meditation, and ethical views.

REL 271 - Classical Buddhism

Historical and thematic study of Buddhist thought and practice in representative Asian cultures. Topics include the nature of Gautama Buddha's enlightenment, sectarian and philosophical developments, cultural values, psychological insights, contemplative practices, and ethical views.

REL 272 - Classical Islam

Theological and cultural study of Islamic history and religious expressions. Topics include the life of Muhammad, teachings of the Qur'an, developments in Islamic sectarianism, religious law and ethics, contemplative and ritual practices, and aesthetic values and expressions. Emphasis is on Islam before the rise of European colonialism, yet considerable attention is also given to Islam in the contemporary world.

SOC 271 - Urban Ethnography

This course introduces a sociological perspective of everyday social settings by applying methods of systematic, qualitative observation. Students carry out their own ethnographic research project; conduct observations; write up field notes; record routine, extraordinary, and significant social processes; generate a conceptual "codebook" for use in analysis; and present a suitable research report (both written and oral). Ethical issues and intrapersonal aspects of the research process will be explored. Anyone who anticipates working in "socially-dense" settings characterized by ongoing interpersonal encounters, including professional and non-profit work, is encouraged to enroll.