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Ethics Minor

Minor in Applied and Professional Ethics

The Ethics Minor consists of a total of 6 courses: 2 required introductory courses, three other courses forming a coherent “cluster” or focus of interest, and a senior culminating project (usually an approved independent study project with a substantial paper, 20-25 pages in length).

To view an example of a successful senior culminating project click here.

Research funding opportunity for a senior culminating project: The Thomas D. Sayles, Jr. ('54) Fund for Research and Development in Applied and Professional Ethics (Guidelines; Application Instructions)

For more information about the Ethics Minor, please contact Aine Donovan, Director.

See Appendix A below for three sample minor programs*

I. Required Introductory Courses (two courses from the following list):

GOVT 6. Political Ideas

PHIL 8. Introduction to Moral Philosophy

PHIL 37. Ethical Theory

PHIL 38. Political and Social Philosophy

REL 11. Religion and Morality

 

II. Other Courses Currently Available for the Minor (at least 3 are required):

ANTH 14. Death and Dying 

ANTH 15. Political Anthropology

ANTH 16. Secrecy and Lying in Politics, Law and Society

ANTH 17. The Anthropology of Health and Illness

ANTH 18. Introduction to Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 26. Gender and Global Health

ANTH 31. Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

ANTH 45. Asian Medical Systems

ANTH 48. Anthropology of Religion

ANTH 50.6. HIV/AIDS Through a Biosocial Lens

ANTH 55. Anthropology of International Health

ANTH 56. Introduction to Research Methods in Medical Anthropology

ANTH 59. Who Owns the Past?

ANTH 61. Women and Madness

BIOL 110: Scientific Integrity and Research Ethics

CLAS 3. Reason and the Good Life: Socrates to Epictetus (not offered 2013-2014)

EDUC 29. Policy and Politics in American Education

EDUC 62. Adolescent Development

ENGL 6. Narrative Journalism: Literature and Practice

ENGS 5. Healthcare and Biotechnology in the 21st Century

GEOG 006/INTS 016. Introduction to International Development

GEOG 11. Qualitative Methods and the Research Process in Geography

GEOG 13. Population, Culture, and Environment (not offered 2013-2014)

GEOG 15. Food and Power

GEOG 16. Moral Economies of Development

GEOG 25. Social Justice and the City

GERM 13. Beyond Good and Evil

GOVT 36. The Making of American Public Policy

GOVT 50. Topics in International Relations: Human Rights and International Relations

GOVT 60. Ethics Everyday Life and Law

GOVT 60.03. Wittgenstein and Political Thought

GOVT 60.04. Ethics and Public Policy

GOVT 61. Jurisprudence

GOVT 62.  Theorizing Free Speech

GOVT 63. Origins of Political Thought: Render unto God or unto Caesar?

GOVT 64.1. Liberalism and Its Critics

GOVT 64.2. Modern Political Thought

GOVT 65. American Political Thought

GOVT 66.2. Constitutional Law, Development and Theory

GOVT 67. Civil Liberties Legal and Normative Approaches

GOVT 86.01. Multiculturalism

GOVT 86.07. Morality of Capitalism

GOVT 86.18. Contemporary Readings on Justice

GOVT 86.27. Gender and Family Justice

HIST 14. The Invasion of America: American Indian History, Pre-Contact to 1800

PBPL 42. Ethics and Public Policy

PHIL 1.2 Introduction to Philosophical Topics: Existentialist Ethics

PHIL 7. First-Year Seminar: Contemporary Moral Issues

PHIL 9. Topics in Applied Ethics: Reproductive Ethics

PHIL 9.1 Reproductive Ethics

PHIL 9.2. Topics in Applied Ethics: Environmental Ethics

PHIL 17. Phenomenology and Existentialism

PHIL 22. Feminism and Philosophy

PHIL 24. Philosophy of Law

PHIL 25. Philosophy of Medicine

PHIL 50.2. Relativism in Epistemology and Ethics

Phil 50 Special Topics in Philosophy: Property, Markets, and Capitalism

PHIL 50 Special Topics in Philosophy: Ethics and Art

PHIL 80. Advanced Seminar:  Free Speech and Conflicts of Rights

PHIL 80. Advanced Seminar: Ethical Issues in Artificial Intelligence

REL 35. Religion and Science

REL 65. Sports, Ethics & Religion

RUSS 35. Dostoevsky and the Problem of Evil

SOCY 63. Trust in Society

THEA 10. Human Rights and Performance

 

III. Senior Culminating Course (Independent Study Project)

PHIL 86. Research in Philosophy for the Ethics Minor

All terms: Arrange with Professor Donovan

The purpose of Philosophy 86 is to allow students pursuing the Ethics Minor to complete their senior culminating project. The culminating project involves an independent study, resulting in a substantial paper (20-25 pages in length), on a topic related to the student's cluster courses. Philosophy 86 does not count toward satisfaction of the philosophy major, modified major, or minor.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Aine Donovan.

Appendix A*

Sample Minor Programs

 (The following are meant to suggest clusters for the minor. Other clusters are possible, subject to approval.)

 

Cluster one – “Ethics in Biomedicine”

Prerequisite: Two courses from among Philosophy 8, 37, 38 or Religion 11

Other Courses (select no less than 3)

ANTH 17. The Anthropology of Health and Illness

ANTH 45. Asian Medical Systems

ANTH 55. Anthropology of International Health

ENGS 5. Healthcare and Biotechnology in the 21st Century

PHIL 25. Philosophy of Medicine

 

Cluster two – “Ethics, Law and Society”

Prerequisite: Two courses from among Philosophy 8, 37, 38 or Religion 11

Other Courses (select no less than 3)

ANTH 18. Introduction to Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology

EDUC 62. Adolescent Development

GEOG 25. Social Justice and the City

GOVT 66. Constitutional Law, Development and Theory

SOCY 63. Trust in Society

 

Cluster three – “Ethics and Public Policy”

Prerequisite: Two courses from among Philosophy 8, 37, 38 or Religion 11

Other Courses (select no less than 3)

ENGS 5. Healthcare and Biotechnology in the 21st Century

GOVT 36. The Making of American Public Policy

GOVT 62. Theorizing Free Speech

GOVT 64.1 Liberalism and Its Critics

GOVT 66. Constitutional Law, Development and Theory

GOVT 67. Civil Liberties Legal and Normative Approaches

GOVT 86.18. Contemporary Readings on Justice

PBPL 42.  Ethics and Public Policy

Last Updated: 12/2/14