ETHC 1000 Torture, Ethics and Professional Responsibility (1) If you knew a bomb was ready to detonate in a city, would it be acceptable to torture a person in an attempt to get information about the location of the bomb? This is an all too frequent hypothetical question raised today during discussions of torture, ethics, and professional responsibility. In this course, we will examine the various definitions of torture, the international and domestic law concerning torture, the impact of torture on survivors, the effectiveness of torture as a means to obtain information, and the path to making torture acceptable to both torturers and an entire culture. Finally, we will examine the journey of various professions such as medicine, psychology, and the law as they attempt to address the ethics of highly coercive interrogations and torture.
ETHC 1000 Ethics and Leadership on Campus (1)
This course in applied ethics is designed to explore the moral issues and dilemmas relevant to student leadership on campus. Elements of the course will stimulate critical analysis and reflections upon the norms that influence student life and the roles of student leaders. We will examine ethicsl issues related to leadership through case studies about leaders in a variety of contexts and cultures. The class will increase student awareness of ethical issues and develop critical thinking skills that can improve a leader's functioning on campus, and post-graduation, as a leader in organizations and the community.
ETHC 1000 Ethics and Architecture (1) Architecture is often described as the unavoidable art. It is for this reason that architecture (as well as landscape and material culture) lends itself particularly well to discussion of ethics. This course will explore experiences and impressions of the built environment with regard to the ethical function of architecture as part of contemporary culture. In doing so, we will recognize (with a good deal of discussion in this regard) that aesthetic judgments about architecture are often based on ethical beliefs about what, where, how, and why we should build. Particular issues that may be discussed include the historical and contemporary value of architecture, the role and image of the architect, the ethics and economics of urban/suburban development, architecture and memory, and the responsibility of sustainable building.
ETHC 1000 Indigenous Peoples, Cultures, and Ethics (1) This one credit course will help students grasp the realities facing the indigenous peoples of the planet. We will address the rights to land, to ways of life, to religions, and to other aspects of cultural systems. Do people have rights to stand in the way of development? Can people reject participation in the powerful processes of globalization? Is it condescending or patronizing to help a tribe maintain its 'simpler' way of life? Of what use have the UN statements on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples been? Particular examples will be examined as a class; students will each research an indigenous group of their own.
ETHC 1000 Disability and Ethics (1) This course will explore the topic of ethics and situations involving disability. Modern moral philosophical theories will be reviewed and applied to specific cases. Both margin of life issues and quality of life issues will be discussed.
ETHC 1000 Ethics and The First Ammendment (1) A group of Nazis proposes to march through a village largely populated by Holocaust survivors. Angry citizens picket the home of a school board president, with her children inside. Church members concerned about homosexuality demonstrate at funeral services for soldiers killed in combat. And our government allows this? How can this be? This course examines the ethical and legal principles which underlie First Amendment protection for disturbing political speech. Through a study of Supreme Court decisions and critical essays, we will discuss both the positive and negative social effects of our current system of protection of free expression
ETHC 1000 Ethics and Business (1) Are business ethics on a decline? Does "anything go" so long as it is in the best interest of stockholders? Can actions be legal, yet unethical? Can actions be ethical, yet illegal? What is the responsibility of a business to customers and employees, as well as to society and the environment? What is the role of leadership in ethical business behavior? This course probes these questions. Various theories of ethics and case studies will be explored and discussed in class, and the class will develop its own guidelines for ethical behavior in the business world.
ETHC 1000 Globalization and Human Rights (1) Companies (from large transnational corporations to smaller domestic ones) are, increasingly, operating in a highly politicized environment. This is an environment in which ignorance of internationally recognized human rights standards creates ill will and the possibility of unfavorable publicity, boycotts and/or legal action. Students in this course will be required to familiarize themselves thoroughly with two documents: "Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises with regard to Human Rights" and "The UN Human Rights Norms For Business: Towards Legal Accountability."
ETHC 1000 Gay & Lesbian Ethics (1)
Gay & Lesbian Ethics will address unique ethical questions
faced by the LGBT Community. These include issues of 'outing', identity
HIV status disclosure, working within a heterosexist system, and justifying
a gay and lesbian rights agenda. Multiple viewpoints will be discussed
and students will be encouraged to use the tools presented in class
to analyze cases from the news.
BUSN 4300 Business Ethics (3)
Presents theories of the role of the firm and socioeconomic responsibilities to the stockholders, employees, customer, suppliers, the community, the nation, and the world. Cross-listed with RELG 4310.
HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights (3)
Introduces students to the philosophic and political background
of the concept of human rights. Discusses important documents
history of the development of human rights theories. Examines
important issues in current political and ethical debates
about human rights.
the work of the most important governmental and nongovernmental
institutions currently involved in human rights protection
and promotion. Examines
at least one current problem area in human rights protection.
Cross-listed with GNST 1600.
INDZ 3000 Practicum (1-3)
On-the-job experience, an internship, field work, an apprenticeship,
direct participation in community or professional activity are all possible within
the framework of a practicum. Evaluation is usually based on the quality of the
student’s performance in the chosen practicum setting and on reflective
analysis of the experiential learning. Practica are arranged with the appropriate
department or program. In order to enroll in this class students must complete
a petition form, a green permission slip and an add slip. The petition form,
after proper approval, stays with the mentor and the permission slip and add
slip go to the Registrar's office. For more information please contact Mary O’Donnell
at 314-961-2660 ext. 8769. INDZ 3000 proposals must be approved by the director.
LEGL 3000 Legal Ethics (3)
Examines the ethical and professional responsibilities
of legal professionals. Students will examine such issues as confidentiality,
practice of law, and conflict of interest, as well as other ethical
concerns likely to face legal assistants. Prerequisite: LEGL 2400
or POLT 2400
or permission of instructor.
MEDC 2200 Ethics in the Media
A critical perspective on ethical considerations as applied to journalism,
film, video, radio, public relations, and advertising. Students are
introduced to ethical dilemmas facing the media professional as well
as sensitivity to the responsibilities facing people in the media industry.
Prerequisite: MEDC 1010
MNGT 5910 Ethical & Legal
Issues in Management (3)
Students examine current topics in the areas of law, regulatory
controls, and ethical issues. Discussions focus on the implications
of these legal situations in management.
NURS 4350 Ethical Dilemmas
in Nursing Practice (2-3)
Examines ethical dilemmas encountered in nursing and explores the processes
of ethical decision making and their application in clinical practice.
PHIL 2110 Introduction to Ethics
A topical introduction to ethics. Topics to be covered may
include: the nature of ethical reasoning, duty, and obligation; excuses,
mitigating circumstances, and personal responsibility; conflicts between
obligations and between duty and self-interest; conflict between personal
and community moral standards; and the objectivity or subjectivity of
values. Replaces BUSN 2110.
PHIL 2300 Social and Political
Introduces philosophical issues raised by our social and
political existence. Includes social contract, rights and obligations,
sovereignty and authority, utopias and political ideas, and the individual
and the state. Cross-listed with POLT 1070.
PHIL 2320 Contemporary Moral
Examines the opposing positions typically taken in discussions
of contemporary moral problems, such as euthanasia, the death penalty,
pornography, animal rights, and world hunger. The focus is on developing
and critically analyzing reasons used to support a moral position.
2340 Ethics, Healthcare and Technology (3)
A review of moral problems related to health issues,
using the analytical tools of philosophy. Examines from the viewpoints
of competing traditions of ethical theory such issues as health research
and experimentation; reproduction and transplant technologies; truthfulness,
informed consent, and confidentiality; professional responsibilities
and patient rights; euthanasia and abortion; allocation of medical resources;
and the nature of "mental" illness.
PHIL 2360 Environmental Ethics
An introductory exploration of issues in environmental policy and the
value presuppositions to different approaches to environmental problems,
including economic, judicial, political, and ecological. Discusses specific
environmental problems, focusing on their moral dimensions, e.g., wilderness
preservation, animals rights, property rights, values of biodiversity,
corporate responsibility, varieties of activism, ecofeminism, resource
exploitation, and technological advancement, global environmental politics,
and obligations to future generations.
PHIL 2390 Philosophy of Sex
and Love (3)
An introductory study of sexual philosophy including historical traditions
as well as a variety of alternative belief systems. Critical analysis
of topics such as marriage and adultery, sex with and without love,
perversion, and pornography.
PHIL 3350 Philosophical Ethics
First course in philosophical reflection on the moral
life. Includes the analysis of moral terms, the techniques of moral
reasoning, the origin and nature of human values, and the justification
of moral judgments. Specific topics and texts vary from year to year.
Prerequisite: PHIL 2110, PHIL 2300, PHIL 2320, PHIL 2380, or permission
of the instructor.
PHIL 3360 Ethics for Cyberspace
A general introduction to ethical issues created, aggravated,
or transformed by computing technology. Addresses such topics as: privacy,
hacking, and computer intrusion; software piracy; freedom of expression;
campus computing policies; professional ethics; responsibility and risks
of relying on computers; ethical dimensions of artificial intelligence;
just allocation of computing resources; and social implications of networked
PHIL 3380 Ethics in Social Research
An examination of some moral issues that arise in social
science research and its applications. Neither a review of recent work
in the social sciences nor a "cookbook" for solving ethical
problems. Rather, the course focuses on relationships between researchers
and human subjects, among researchers as professionals, and between
researchers and the broader public. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of
philosophy or social science or permission of instructor.
POLT 1070 Introduction to Political
Studies the nature of the political community, with attention
given to concepts of the state, justice, freedom, authority, and law.
Selected classics of political theory are read nad discussed. Cross-listed
with PHIL 2300.
POLT 3590/PHIL 3590 Theories
of Human Rights (3)
Examines the historical development of theories of human
rights and their relation to civil liberties, international law, social
organization, and different conceptions of community, individualism,
and the state. Also examines the most significant human rights documents
in their historical context. May focus on specific cases and questions
of current concern. Prerequisite: POLT 1070, PHIL 2300, or GNST 1600.
Cross-listed with POLT 3590.