Ethics Courses this Spring!

Ruth Grant
ETHICS 101D/POLSCI 120D:   The Challenges of Living an Ethical Life
This course will be framed by a number of familiar, but fundamental, questions:  What is an ethical and worthy life? How does morality develop?   Are there unique ethical challenges associated with each stage of life?  What is the relationship between politics and morality, or power and ethics?  Can we distinguish morality from moralism?  To what degree are people independent actors and in what ways are they shaped by cultural forces outside their control and consciousness?  This course is the gateway course for the Ethics Certificate Program.

Shweta Lodha
HC 59-13:   Understanding Refugee Healthcare
Examining everything from the unique health challenges refugee populations are likely to face to the various health related impacts of acculturation, this course provides a comprehensive look at both the current state and prospective future of refugees’ healthcare in the United States.

Margaret Hu
ETHICS 390S.02/PUBPOL 290S.10 (undergrad): Data and Democracy: Foreign Interference in US Elections and Cyber Ethics
ETHICS 890S/PUBPOL 890S/LAW 740S (grad)
This seminar will explore how to address the challenges posed by foreign interference in U.S. elections, how policy prescription and corporate reform can be shaped by the emerging fields of cyber and data ethics, and examine original source material to better understand the nature of foreign interference in elections. It will also include a discussion of interdisciplinary work in multiple fields: data and information science, ethics, privacy law, cybersecurity, national security, state and local governments, corporate governance, voting rights, communications law, internet governance, civil rights, international relations, and political theory.

Thomas Nadelhoffer
ETHICS 390S.01/PHIL 290S.01:   Criminal Minds?: Neurobiology and the Law
This course will examine the relationship between traditional conceptions of moral and legal responsibility and recent advances in neuroscience, genetics, and psychiatry when it comes to our understanding of psychopathology. Along the way, we will explore both the salient empirical work on the biopsychosocial causes of violent behavior and the salient philosophical work on agency, moral desert, and punishment. By exploring the relationship between neurobiology and the criminal law from multiple vantage points, students will be in a better position to develop informed opinions of their own when it comes to the intersection of philosophy, science, and public policy.