The Ethics of Place
Students will examine the different schools of normative ethics and practice the critical thinking of applying those frameworks to a variety of contemporary issues. Content includes Consequentialism, Virtue Ethics, Rights and Duty-Based Ethics, and Relativism. Texts and case studies may vary based upon student interest and current events but will require the consultation of diverse sources. In the process, students will develop their research skills, learning to identify and evaluate information while crafting annotated bibliographies. Students will also hone their written and oral expression through presentations, discussions, and reflective essays. Crucial to this work will be the cultivation of intentional community norms around collaboration, communication, and respect. Overall, students will leave the course with an exposure to the thorny controversies of our time, an appreciation of multiple perspectives, and a nascent sense of their own beliefs.