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 310 - Politics, Society, and Culture

Examines authority, organization, power, and legitimization of authority using a comparative perspective. Community-based learning model facilitates exploration of environmental justice and grassroots change with an emphasis on the symbolic aspects of power, structural inequity, and social movements.

ANT 323 - Human Rights in Latin America

Anthropological perspective on human rights agendas in Latin America. Case studies examine the tension between universal and culturally relative conceptions of human rights in relation to issues such as state violence, violence directed toward minorities, and social justice movements.

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 362 - 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. This course addresses myriad economic, sociocultural, ethical and legal questions raised the new reproductive technologies. The course is discussion-based, includes a semester-long project, and involves some technical applications.

HHV 380 - Issues in Medicine

The purpose of this course is to evaluate critically the external influence of social values, culture, political climate, technological development, population characteristics, and global concerns that shape health care systems and delivery. Implications for the patient and health care provider will be discussed. By participating in clinical rotations, students are expected to apply concepts learned in class to real world experience.

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 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 327 - 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 330 - Campaign Strategy

Analysis of the strategic and ethical dilemmas that political candidates face in election campaigns.

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 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.

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.

WRI 101 - Evaluating News and Commentary

Although the vast majority of Americans are fairly literate and have ready access to news and commentary in multiple media (newspapers, magazines, television, radio, blogs etc.), the quality of news reporting and the objectivity of commentary are often woefully poor, and we are daily at risk of being overwhelmed with too much information, or swayed by irresponsible pundits who have no interest in sincere, constructive dialogue. We also worry today not only about the power of overweening government, but also about the ability of wealthy individuals, corporations, and interest groups openly or covertly to push narrow agendas-political, economic and social. So it remains vitally important for citizens in democracies to acquire the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate news and commentary with the care required for responsible civic engagement in public life, which is vital to preserving and promoting basic individual rights.