This is a list of just some of the classes offered at USC that have an ethics component. Many other courses not listed here surely also have either an ethics component or touch on ethical issues. If you know of such courses, please drop us a line and let us know.
CLAS 320gm: Diversity and the Classical Western Tradition (4 Units): Political, ethical, and ideological aspects of classical Western Attitudes towards human diversity. Relationship between classical tradition and contemporary discussions of diversity and unity,
COMM 310: Media and Society (4 Units): Interplay between media and society, including family and children’s socialization, inter-group relations and community, pornography and violence, gender and race, media ethics, conduct of politics.
COMM 382: Sports, Business and Media in Today’s Society (4 Units): An inside look at the symbiotic relationship of sports and the media – from the interdependence of sports and media to the coverage of sports in newspapers, magazines, radio and television. The economic and ethical issues involved, the conflicts of interest, the history and current status of sports coverage in American media today.
COMM 498: Ethical Issues in Entertainment Communication (4 Units): Examines social and political controversies over conflicting ethical standards for communication in a variety of media: mass-media, communication technology, and entertainment.
DHYG 422: Essentials of Dental Hygiene Practice (1 Unit): A review of the moral, legal, and ethical responsibilities of the dental hygienist. Other topics: securing a position, dental economics, taxes, insurance, and human relationships in the dental office.
Dental Problem Based Learning
DPBL 513b: Dental Problem Based Learning – Human Behavior II (3 Units): Problem based learning presentation of normal and abnormal behavior including communication, ethics, multiculturalism, patient management, phobias associated with the treatment of patients with and without special needs. All material discussed with direct relationship to a well-characterized human clinical case.
DPBL 523b: Dental Problem Based Learning – Human Behavior II (1 Unit): Problem based learning presentation of normal and abnormal behavior including communication, ethics, multiculturalism, patient management, phobias associated with the treatment of patients with and without special needs. All material discussed with direct relationship to a well characterized human clinical case.
DPBL 533b: Dental Problem Based Learning – Human Behavior IV (1 Unit): Problem based learning presentation of normal and abnormal behavior including communication, ethics, multiculturalism, patient management, phobias associated with the treatment of patients with and without special needs. All material discussed with direct relationship to a well-characterized human clinical case.
Finance and Business Economics
FBE 403: Introduction to the Legal Environment of Business (4 Units): Legal principles of business: litigation process, constitutionallaw, torts, product liability, crimes, contracts, sales and leases, intellectual property, international law, agency, employment law, and ethics.
GEOG 257g: Environment and Ethics (4 Units): Examination of ethical issues in environmental context: systematic analysis of problems associated with protection and use of selected environments.
JS 211g: The Holocaust (4 Units): Historical background and responses to the Holocaust, with special emphasis on ethical implications.
JOUR 202: Newswriting Print (3 Units): Introduction to basic skills of print newswriting, news judgment, construction of print news stories. Social responsibility and ethical framework for print journalists.
JOUR 203: Newswriting: Broadcast (3 Units): Introduction to broadcast newswriting with emphasis on the ear and eye. News judgment. Social responsibility and ethical framework for broadcast journalists.
JOUR 210x: Basics of Broadcast Newsroom Production for Non-Majors Only (2 Units): Introduction to broadcast newsroom production; preparation and treatment of form and content; procedures, problems, ethics, and practice in planning and producing a nightly newscast. Open to non-Journalism majors only.
JOUR 302: Reporting: Print (3 Units): Introduction to basic reporting techniques, public records reporting and beginning investigative journalism. Social responsibility and ethical framework for print journalists.
JOUR 303: Reporting: Broadcast (3 Units): Introduction to field reporting, audio and visual media. Social responsibility and ethical framework for broadcast journalists.
JOUR 373: The Ethics of Television Journalism (4 Units): Ethical questions in television journalism,; the application of these moral dilemmas to prepare students for dealing with similar issues in their lives.
JOUR 380: Sports, Business and Media in Today’s Society (4 Units): An inside look at the symbiotic relationship of sports and the media – from the interdependence of sports and media, to the coverage of sports in newspapers, magazines, radio and television. The economic and ethical issues involved, the conflicts of interest, the history and current status of sports coverage in American media today.
JOUR 405: Non-Fiction Television (4 Units): Presentation and selection in non-fiction television programs including documentaries, electronic magazines and news series; ethical problems, field research, reporting, interviewing, pre-production.
JOUR 409: Radio News Production (4 Units): Reporting for public radio news: writing, newsgathering, interviewing, editing, vocal delivery. Study of standards, content and ethics.
JOUR 430: Writing the Film Review (4 Units): Techniques of writing the film review; preparation and treatment of form and content; problems, responsibilities and ethics of film reviewing.
JOUR 460: Social Responsibility of the News Media (4 Units): News media as instruments of constructive social change; standards of ethics and aesthetics; interactions between news media and cultural settings; social responsibility of news media personnel.
JOUR 510: Legal, Ethical and Social Foundations of Public Relations (3 Units): Explores the origins, effects of, and processes for adhering to the complex network of legal, ethical and social responsibilities of the contemporary PR practitioner.
LAW 403: Mental Health Law (4 Units): Issues at the intersection of law and psychology, both civil – e.g. civil commitment – an criminal – e.g. the insanity defense. Emphasis on ethical issues.
LAW 505: Legal Profession (2-4 Units): Functions of the lawyer in modern society; history and organization of the legal profession; the adversary system; equal access to justice; other problems of ethics and professional responsibility.
LAW 725: Bioethics and Law (3 Units): Legal, ethical and economic problems of advanced biological technologies, for example, behavior, genetic, and reproductive control, control of the process of dying, organ transplantation and the use of artificial organs, regulation of scientific research and human experimentation.
MS 302: Leadership and Ethics (3 Units)
Examines the role communications, values, and ethics play in effective leadership. Topics include ethical decision-making, consideration of others, spirituality in the military, and survey Army leadership doctrine. Emphasis on improving oral and written communication abilities.
PHIL 135g: Legal Controversies and Ethics Principles (4 Units): Philosophical theories of law and applications to controversies of importance to society and our legal system, such as free speech, civil disobedience, and self-defense.
PHIL 140g: Contemporary Moral and Social Issues (4 Units): Critical study of controversial social issues such as abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, war and terrorism, pornography, and economic justice.
PHIL 141g: The Professions and the Public Interest in American Life (4 Units): The study of the nature and role of professionals in life and society, forces that shape and direct them, foundations and applications of professional ethics.
PHIL 440: Contemporary Ethical Theory (4 Units): Ethical theories in the 20th century; contemporary theories of value and obligation; metaethical theories; intuitionism, intuitionism, naturalism, and non-cognitivism; concepts of justice, human right, and freedom.
PHIL 442: History of Ethics to 1900 (4 Units): An historical and critical study of the great moral philosophers, including Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, and the British moralists.
PHIL 472: Moral Philosophy (4 Units): In-depth study of some important work from the last few decades concerning the nature and status of moral reasons, moral obligations, and moral discourse.
PHIL 540: Seminar in Ethics (4 Units): Advanced topics and literature in ethical theory.
Policy, Planning and Development
PPD 240: Citizenship and Public Ethics (4 Units): Review of legal and ethical traditions of citizenship with an emphasis on the latter; consideration of implications for current practice of public policy-making and management.
PM 568: Ethical Issues in International Health Research: Promotion and Intervention (4 Units): Ethical principles in the distribution of health resources, the conduct of global public health research, and the implementation of public health initiatives and practices across different nations, cultures, religions.
REL 460: Senior Seminar: Medical Ethics (4 Units): Analysis of ethical problems related to new developments in medical science.
WRIT 140: Writing and Critical Reasoning (4 Units): Focuses on analytical and argumentative writing skills requisite to academic and professional writing. Emphasizes logical analysis of texts and other data, effective use of evidence, ethical argumentation, and stylistic and grammatical fluency. Requires concurrent enrollment with an affiliated General Education course in the Social Issues category.