Ethics in Medicine - Spring 2018

This course examines ethical issues in medicine and the biomedical sciences. The course will be divided into roughly four units. The first unit covers major ethical traditions and explores ethical issues in the medical professions. The second unit covers the ethics of life and death (i.e. abortion and euthanasia). The third unit covers issues concerning justice in health care. The fourth unit contains suggested topics that will be discussed depending on student interest.

Here is the syllabus.

Love and Friendship - Fall 2019

What is love? In the first half of the course, we'll focus on this question. In particular, we'll focus on romantic love. We'll try to answer whether love can be rational, whether it must involve physical attraction, whether it has specific biological underpinnings, and whether we can ethically romantically love multiple people. In the second half of the course, we'll focus on other personal relationships such as parenthood and friendship. What makes a good parent or friend? Can being a good friend require us to violate morality's demands? Readings will range from Plato to Ta-Nehisi Coates and Carrie Jenkins. We'll also watch movies along the way and leave room for students to vote on topics of interest. Students will be assessed using the following: 2-4 page paper (20%), 6-8 page paper (30%), final project (30%), participation (20%). 

Here is the syllabus.

Ethics in Business - Spring 2020

This course will examine and apply a number of foundational normative theories to specific problems in business ethics. The course is roughly divided into three units. The first unit covers three broad Western normative traditions: Aristotle, Kant, and Mill. We will also consider non-Western approaches to normative theory. The second unit applies these normative theories to ethical issues that arise in business ethics: market limits, negotiation and truth-telling, employee rights and obligations, conflicts of interest, non-fiduciary duties (e.g. to the environment), ethical advertising, etc. Each topic will examine specific cases. The third unit focuses on specific business contexts and issues – in particular, students will have the option of presenting projects that apply ethical thinking to a specific business context (perhaps ones that they are currently engaged in, one presented in media, or one that they will be engaged in after college). Students will be assessed using the following: 2-4 page paper (20%), 6-8 page paper (30%), final project (30%), participation (20%). 

Here is the syllabus.