Ethics Common Seminar Course Proposal


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1. Complete this form by filling in the appropriate information.
2. Submit this form by the following deadlines:

If course is scheduled to take effect in Spring or Summer the deadline is September 1 of the year before (For Example: Spring 2015 revisions must be submitted by 9/1/2014)

If course is scheduled to take effect in Fall the deadline is December 1 of the year before revision is to take effect (For Example: Fall 2014 revisions must be submitted by 12/1/2013)

THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE CANNOT GUARANTEE TIMELY REVIEW OF PROPOSALS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINES.  FURTHER, IT IS THE POLICY OF THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE TO GIVE PRIORITY TO PROPOSALS THAT ARE THE RESULT OF PROGRAM REVIEW.

I. Basic course information





5. Is this a NEW course?
  • If this is not a new course, please skip to question 6.
  • If this is a new course, please complete the following questions.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO FILL OUT A SEPARATE NEW COURSE PROPOSAL FORM.


c. Frequency course will be offered:

d. Will reassignment of current faculty cover this course?

If reassignment of current faculty will not cover this course, please send your departmental or program staffing plan, clearly indicating the increased personnel costs.  The plan must be approved by the Associate Provost.




Any costs requiring increased budget lines must be pre-approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Budget and Planning or the Associate Provost.  If applicable, please send statements of approval.




8. The minimum prerequisite for all Ethics Common Seminar courses is junior or senior standing. Are there any additional prerequisites for this course?


II. Learning goals and general course description for the Ethics Common Seminar

    Learning Goals:

  1. Identify ethical issues inherent in situations common in modern life;
  2. Articulate multiple perspectives on contested ethical issues;
  3. Articulate coherent arguments in support of their own normative judgments about contested ethical issues, arguments that are grounded in ethical and other analytic or scholarly perspectives;
  4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the conceptual foundations of the ethical and other scholarly perspectives addressed in the course.

General Course description:

In order to promote discussion of complex ethical issues, courses are seminar based and enrollment will be capped at 20 students (the Common Curriculum director may decide to admit students beyond this cap after consultation with the instructor of the seminar.  The cap will be routinely raised for any Ethics Common Seminar taught on a study abroad program, to accommodate the number of students participating in the particular program.)

The Ethics Common Seminar has the purpose of helping students develop the ability to recognize ethical issues, examine them from multiple perspectives and articulate the reasoned arguments that support their normative judgments as a means of developing students' ability to make responsible decisions.

Exploration of ethical concepts and modes of analysis along with other scholarly methods of analysis provide the frameworks to help students develop their moral reasoning and decision-making.  Faculty from all disciplines can teach this course; topics are chosen specifically because they are debatable and widen the field of moral vision.
Departmental courses may be cross-listed with Ethics Common Seminar courses if approved by the Common Curriculum director.  An Ethics Common Seminar will not also fulfill a divisional common curriculum requirement for a particular student.  Any departmental course which focuses on professional codes of conduct or legal standards must examine their underlying ethical assumptions, if it is to be cross-listed with the Ethics Common Seminar.

The Ethics Common Seminar may continue to be offered on Study Abroad programs.

III. Questions regarding Ethics Common Seminar criteria

Each of the following four questions is designed to help the Committee understand how the Ethics Common Seminar learning goals will be met in your course.

Please be a specific as possible in your responses. Examples are especially helpful.