This is a list of just some 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 drop us a line and let us know.
American Studies and Ethnicity
American Studies 101gm: Race and Class in Los Angeles (4 units)
Analysis of race and the economic, political, gender, and social dimensions of contemporary Los Angeles including topics such as residential segregation, economic inequality, and city politics.
American Studies 348m: Race and Environmentalism (4 units)
Relationships between environmentalism, environmental problems, and racial-ethnic minorities. Rise of environmental justice movement. Assessment of social science methods used to investigate these relationships.
Anthropology 455: Cultural Ecology (4 units)
Ecological adaptation of human cultures, emphasizing the development of values in the context of constraints and incentives stemming from the environment.
Accounting 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-370B or ACCT-415)
Management and Organization 573: Ethical and Social Issues in Business (3 units)
Analyze and act on ethical and social issues in business: understand theories, consider issues, and build personal skills. Readings, cases, project, exercises.
Classics 465: Archaeology and Society (4 units)
The interaction of archaeology and contemporary societies through political and moral claims; archaeologists' role as stewards and interpreters of ancient cultures and their remains. Capstone course for the Interdisciplinary Archaeology major. Recommended preparation: background in archaeology, classics, or related field
Communication 371: Censorship and the Law: From the Press to Cyberspace (4 units)
The study of current and historical battles over the limits of free expression from press and public parks to television, movies, music and cyberspace. (Duplicates credit in former JOUR 371.)
Communication 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
Journalism 350: Principles of Public Relations (4 units)
Theories, processes, and techniques involved in planning and implementing programs designed to influence public opinion and behavior through socially responsible performance and mutually satisfactory communication.
Journalism 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.
Journalism 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
Journalism 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.
East Asian Languages and Cultures
East Asian Languages and Cultures 130g: East Asian Ethical Thought (4 units)
Introduction to the history of Chinese, Japanese and Korean ethical thought; perspectives on human nature, historical writing, and aesthetic implications. Conducted in English.
Economics 432: Economics of Happiness (4 units)
What is happiness? How does it vary by socio-economic status and over the life cycle? This course will develop insight into the nature and determinants of subjective well-being. Recommended preparation: ECON 305 Prerequisite: ECON-303
Civil Engineering 473: Engineering Law, Finance and Ethics (3 units)
An examination of the legal, financial and ethical issues regularly considered by all practicing engineers. Upper division standing.
Environmental Studies 150xg: Environmental Issues in Society (4 units)
Exploration of the major social, political, economic, religious, and philosophical disagreements that exist between scholars, leaders, and citizens concerning today's most serious environmental issues and problems. Not available for credit to environmental studies majors and minors.
Gender Studies 384m: Gender, Social Inequality, and Social Justice (4 units)
Analysis of the most effective strategies and techniques for reducing prejudice against racial/ ethnic minorities, women, gays and lesbians, and others subjected to stigma.
Arts and Letters 100g: Social Justice (35267R) Jonathan Berliner
Arts and Letters 100g: Happiness and the Human Condition (35242R) Susan Lape
Gerontology 475: Ethical Issues in Geriatric Health Care (4 units)
Biomedical ethical issues that are encountered in working with geriatric patients. Examination of ethical theory and the application of theory to clinical settings
History 323: The Holocaust in 20th Century Europe (4 units)
The origins and development of anti-Jewish persecution in Germany, resulting in the systematic mass murder of Europe's Jews during World War.The origins and development of anti-Jewish persecution in Germany, resulting in the systematic mass murder of Europe's Jews during World War.
International Relations 318: Conflict Resolution and Peace Research
Processes of conflict, violence, change, integration, stability, and peace in world society, analyzed primarily through the literature of the peace research movement.
Jewish Studies 211g: The Holocaust (4 units)
Historical background and responses to the Holocaust, with special emphasis on ethical implications.
Military Science 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.
Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy 333x: Sports Ethics (4 units)
Critically examines ethical issues central to the world of sports that range from matters of fair play and cheating to performance-enhancing drugs and gene-doping. Not For major credit for Occupational Therapy majors.
Philosophy 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.
Philosophy 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.
Philosophy 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.
Philosophy 503: Introduction to Contemporary Philosophical Literature on Value (4 units)
Analysis of selected philosophical problems and theses of current interest; explication of major contemporary papers and/ or books is emphasized.
Policy, Planning, and Development
Policy, Planning, and Development 240: Citizenship and Public Ethics (4 units)
Review of legal and ethical traditions of citizenship with emphasis on the latter; consideration of implications for current practice of public policy-making and management.
Political Science 110: Ideology and Political Conflict (4 units)
Modern political ideologies; their assumptions, perceptions, and prescriptions regarding political stability and social injustice: anarchism, communism, socialism, liberalism, conservatism, and fascism.
Political Science 130g: Law, Politics and Public Policy (4 units)
Interaction between law and politics; overview of the American legal system; value conflicts and public policy questions which arise within it.
Political Science 210gm: Social Issues in Gender (4 units)
Multidisciplinary survey of gender assumptions in relation to sexuality, mental health, social and political relations, and artistic expression.
Political Science 444: Civil and Political Rights and Liberties (4 units)
An examination of debates and controversies surrounding the nature and scope of civil rights and civil liberties. Recommended preparation: POSC 340 or POSC 440
Political Science 448b: The Politics of Peace (4 units)
Issues of social justice, large-scale social change, high technology, impacts on human survival, and uses of national and international institutions. b: Arms limitation, control, and disarmament. Prerequisite: POSC-448A
Psychology 201Lg: The Science of Happiness (4 units)
Evaluates scientific research on human happiness. Integrates research from psychology, economics, and neuroscience in the evaluation of personal and public policy choices.
Religion 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.
Religion 335: Gender, Religion, and Sexuality (4 units)
The construction of gender and sexuality in Western religious traditions; its continued impact on contemporary intellectual, cultural, and social life.
Religion 460: Medical Ethics (4 units)
Analysis of ethical problems related to new developments in medical science. Though usually taught as a senior seminar, this semester the course is open to all students.
Religion 462: Religion and Violence (4 units)
Religious and moral perspectives on war, pacifism, violent and non-violent protest, and religion-based terrorism and militia.
Social Work 200xm: Institutional Inequality in American Political and Social Policy (4 units)
Historic and philosophical roots of inequality for minority groups in the United States and implications for public policy. Not available for major credit.
Sociology 142gm: Diversity and Racial Conflict (4 units)
Introduction to the causes and effects of contemporary race relations in a diverse U.S. society. Exploration of racial conflict at the personal and institutional levels.
Sociology 150gm: Social Problems (4 units)
Analysis of factors in current American social problems: crime, delinquency, prostitution, family disorganization, race relations, mental illness.
Sociology 169gm: Changing Family Forms (4 units)
The peculiarity of the "modern" Western family system in historical and cross-cultural perspective; focus on the "postmodern" family crisis in the United States.
Sociology 360m: Social Inequality: Class, Status, and Power (4 units)
Inequalities in wealth, prestige, and power in the United States; the American class structure and the extent of upward mobility in that structure.
Sociology 552: Sex and Gender in Society (4 units)
The social organization of gender in the contexts of work, families, intimacy, sexuality, reproduction, violence. Variations by race, ethnicity, social class. Processes of social change.
Thematic Option 104: Change and the Future: Thematic Option Honors Program (4 units)
Analysis of historical change; social and political theory and revolutionary thought; introduction to competing images of future states of affairs; the continuing process of change. Students may not take this course on a P/NP basis.