This is a list of many of the classes offered at USC in the fall 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 email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
ACCT 462: Detecting Fraudulent Financial Reporting (2 Units): Understanding/ identifying methods of fraudulent financial reporting, and signals that financial statements were fictitiously prepared; major frameworks for analyzing ethical dilemmas; reforms in corporate reporting environment. Prerequisite: 1 from (ACCT-370 or ACCT 415)
BUCO 425: Ethics and Professional Communication (4 Units): Study the intersection between business and professional leadership, language, and ethics. Analyze and present results to public audiences through publications, professional conferences, ethics case competitions. Corequisite: WRIT – 340
BAEP 491: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Global Challenges (4 Units): Analysis of social enterprise models from micro-finance to job development. Analysis of basic issues regarding the difference between socially responsible companies, for-profit, and non-profit-run enterprises.
CLAS 340: Ethics and Politics in Ancient Rome (4 Units): Introduction to ethical and political thought of classical Roman writers. Relationship between theory and practice. Implications for contemporary Society. Recommended preparation: Basic familiarity with Roman History.
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 388: Ethics in Human Communication (4 Units): Value perspectives on communication in varied settings; interpersonal, organizational, and public. Issues of truth and responsibility in family and social interactions, advertising, and governmental communication.
COMM 498: Ethical Issues in Entertainment and 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. Recommended preparation: COMM 200, COMM 201 Prerequisite: COMM 300
East Asian Languages and Cultures
EDCO 503: Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling (3 Units): Examination of current legal, ethical, and other professional issues in the practice of counseling and psychotherapy. Prerequisite: 1 from (EDUC-500 or ECO-500)
EDUC 500: The Counseling Process (3 Units): Theoretical foundations, models, values, and assumptions underlying psychological counseling; cross-cultural perspectives, ethical and legal considerations. (Duplicates credit in former EDCO 500)
EDUC 615: Ethics in Athletic Administration (3 Units): Ethical concerns in intercollegiate athletics. Review, analysis, and discussion of ethical and moral conduct in sports. Relevance of social justice to ethical behaviors.
Finance and Business Economics
FBE 403: Introduction to the Legal Environment of Business (4 Units): Legal principles of business: litigation process, constitutional law, torts, product liability, crimes, contracts, sales and leases, intellectual property, international law, agency, employment law, and ethics.
NEUR 538: Neuroscience Ethics and Professionalization (1 Unit): Exposes students to ethical issues in scientific research, especially for neuroscience; scientific integrity and professional roles for the academician and neuroscientist.
Management and Organization
MOR 462: Management Consulting (4 Units): Role of professional consultants; data gathering methods; consulting approaches from strategy, finance, operations, information systems, marketing, and human resources; action planning; ethical and career issues.
MOR 469: Negotiation and Persuasion (4 Units): Theories, strategies, and ethics underlying negotiation and persuasion in contemporary organizations and societies. Emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed for effective negotiation and persuasion.
SWMS 140g: Contemporary Moral and Social Issues (4 Units): Critical study of controversial social issues such as abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, war & terrorism, pornography, and economic justice. Crosslist – This course is offered by the PHIL department but qualifies for major credit in Gender Studies. To register, enroll in PHIL 140. Lecture + Lab + One section of WRIT-140
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. Lecture + Lab + One section of WRIT-140
JOUR 202: Newswriting: Print (3 Units): Introduction to basic skills of print newswriting, news judgement, construction of print news stories. Social responsibility and ethical framework for print journalists. Typing ability required. Concurrent enrollment – JOUR 203
JOUR 210x: Basics of Broadcast Newsroom Production for Non-Majors Only (2 Units, Max 4): 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. Not available for credit to Journalism majors. Graded CR/CR.
JOUR 306: Production: Broadcast (3 Units): Studio and field production for audio and visual media. Social responsibility and ethical framework involving broadcast and non-fiction production. Prerequisite (JOUR – 302 and JOUR – 303)
JOUR 308: Production: Broadcast (3 Units): Studio and field production for audio and visual media. Social responsibility and ethical framework involving broadcast non-fiction production. Prerequisite (JOUR – 302 and JOUR – 303)
JOUR 308: Newspaper Editing and Design: (3 Units): Copyediting and newspaper production layout. Headline and caption writing. Design. Social responsibility and ethical framework involving print production. Prerequisite (JOUR – 302 and JOUR – 303)
JOUR 309: Introduction to Online Media (3 Units): Convergence journalism and online skill sets. Blogs and Web content production. Social responsibility and ethical framework in digital information technology. Prerequisite (JOUR – 302 and JOUR – 303)
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. Prerequisite: JOUR 306
JOUR 420: Advanced Photojournalism (4 Units): Emphasis on advanced photojournalism techniques for complex photo storytelling; focus on style content, design, expression and ethics. Prerequisite: JOUR-330
JOUR 500: Media and Society (3 Units): Analysis of major theories on the role of communication media and society with special emphasis on the role and responsibility of the news media.
JOUR 505: Journalism: Past, Present and Future (3 Units): Analysis of history of journalism as the key to understanding its future. Examination critical and ethical questions of who makes news, who covers it and why.
JOUR 506: Multimedia Journalism I: Text (2 Units): Basics of newswriting and news judgment for text. Fumdamentals of journalism ethics, covering a diverse society, pitching stories, blogging and Web aggregation. Concurrent Enrollment: (JOUR-507 and JOUR-509)
JS 211g: The Holocaust (4 Units): Historical background and responses to the Holocaust, with special emphasis on ethical implications. Lecture + Lab + One section of WRIT-140
Policy Planning and Development
PPD 240: Citizenship and Public Ethics (4 Units): Review of legal and ethical traditions of citizenship with emphasis on the latter; consideration of the implications for current practice of public policy-making and management.
PPD 513: Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery (2 Units): Rights of consumers; health-related powers of governments; rights and responsibilities of health care providers; interrelationships of rights, powers, and responsibilities. Recommended preparation: PPD 509 or substantial prior work experience in health care organizations.
PHIL 101g: Philosophical Foundations of Modern Western Culture (4 Units): The influence on modern Western culture of philosophical thought about reality, knowledge and morality as developed by such philosophers as Descartes, Leibniz and Kant.
PHIL 137gm: Social Ethics for Earthlings and Others (4 Units): A systematic study of contemporary issues in social and political philosophy engaging multimedia works of science fiction to illuminate classic Western moral and political theories. Lecture + Lab + One section of WRIT-140.
PHIL 140g: Contemporary Moral and Social Issues (4 Units): Critical study of controversial social issues such as abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, war & terrorism, pornography, and economic justice. Lecture + Lab + One section of WRIT-140.
PHIL 337: History of Modern Political Philosophy (4 Units): Analysis of some of the main political philosophies of the modern era; emphasis on the ethical and metaphysical foundations of political philosophy.
PHIL 340: Ethics (4 Units): Study of major philosophical theories of moral right and wrong, such as utilitarianism, Kantianism, egoism, virtue ethics, and theological ethics.
PT 561a: Evidence for Physical Therapist Practice (2 Units): Introduction to a patient-centered Evidence Based Practice model with emphasis on professional communication skills, ethics, professional guidelines, laws and regulations.
Real Estate Development
RED 551: The Approval Process (4 Units): Approval process for real estate development including land use entitlement, site selection, zoning, environmental review, community and government relations, infrastructure financing, ethical issues, negotiation skills.
REL 140g: Religion and Ethical Issues (4 Units): How major Western religious orientations affect deliberation concerning issues such as reproductive technologies and abortion, physician-assisted death, civil disobedience, homosexuality, economic justice, and just war. Lecture + Lab + One Section of WRIT-140
REL 319: Religious and Ethical Issues in Death and Dying (4 Units): Analysis of religious and ethical approaches to death and dying, including refusal of treatment for competent and incompetent patients, voluntary and involuntary euthanasia, and resuscitation.