Content varies from quarter to quarter.
Goodness in a Digital Age
Deborah Wheeler, Lecturer, Near Eastern Languages and Literature and the Jackson School of International studies, and Faculty Fellow, Center for Internet Studies;
Kathleen Noble, Halbert & Nancy Robinson Professor and Director of the Robinson Center for Young Scholars, and Associate Professor, Women Studies.
What is goodness? What does it mean to be "good?" What is a "good" person? a "good" society? What determines and/or influences our ideas about goodness? What happens when good ideas go bad? How do different cultures conceive of goodness? Is there such a thing as the universal good? What is the individual's and collective's responsibility to toward those who have less? This course will provide a forum to help students think about these increasingly complex, ethical issues.
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Blackburn, S. Being Good: A Short Introduction to Ethics. Oxford University Press, 2001.
Hornby, N. How To Be Good. Berkley Publishing Group, 2002.
Kushner, H.S. Living A Life That Matters, Anchor Books, 2001.
Dalai Lama, Ethics For A New Millenium, Riverhead Books, 1999.
Noble, K.D. The Sound of a Silver Horn: Reclaiming the Heroism in Contemporary Women's Lives, Hampton Press, 2002.