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Stephen M. Gardiner
VALUES 495
Seattle Campus

Ethics in Practice

Culmination of the values-in-society minor. Synthesizes training in ethics with primary discipline. Includes a project of positive social engagement (service learning or research project with fieldwork). Limited to undergraduates completing the minor in values and society. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

This course is designed as the culmination of the Values in Society minor sequence, and encourages students to synthesize their interdisciplinary training in ethics by putting their developed expertise into practice in the community around them. Students will complete a fieldwork experience that pushes them to grapple with the complications and experience the rewards that come from the difficult challenge of implementing policy or action that is ethically sensitive and practically feasible. It is expected that this fieldwork will take one of two forms: 1. Students may engage in a service learning project, designed to make use of their disciplinary competences and their ethics training to aid in a process of social change. 2. Students may develop an independent project of engagement in the community that emphasizes ethical analysis, aims at social change, and involves significant fieldwork (e.g., interviews with key players, attendance at organization meetings, policy analysis, and development of recommendations). The independent project requires advisor and/or capstone instructor approval. In both cases, the student is expected to produce a written report of their activities, including several required progress reports and reflections on the project assigned across the quarter, and to engage in discussion with other students involved in such projects. Class meetings will be bi-weekly to allow time for fieldwork. To help with preparations for this course, please contact the professor if you are interested in signing up. If the course time slot does not work for you, please let the professor know, as changes are possible. Limited to undergraduates completing the minor in Values and Society. Credit/no credit only. TEXT: No Text Required.

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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 Annette R. Bernier
Date: 01/31/2013