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Deborah Wheeler
SIS 490
Seattle Campus

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Class description

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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General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Required texts:

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Amy M. Seward
Date: 01/28/2003