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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 252gm: Black Social Movements in the U.S. (4 units)
This course examines black social movements for freedom, justice, equality, and self determination. Beginning with Reconstruction, movements include labor, civil rights, radical feminism, socialism, reparations, Black Nationalism, prisoners' rights, and Hip Hop.
American Studies 365: Leadership in the Community -- Internship (4 units)
8-10 hours per week in a community-based internship plus 2 hour class discussion. Theoretical and practical issues associated with community leadership.
American Studies 432m: Racial and Ethnic Relations in a Global Society (4 units)
Examination of race/ethnic relations with U.S. and selected countries from a global perspective, causes and social effects of globalization on people's lives and on U.S. attitudes and political policies.
Business Communication 425: Public Communication in Ethics and Research (4 units)
Conduct research on ethical questions and other academic subjects. Analyze and present results to public audiences through publications, organized conferences, and competitions. Corequisite: WRIT-340
Finance and Business Economics 557: Legal Environment of Business (3 units)
Legal aspects and strategies of business: litigation, negligence and torts, white collar crimes, contracts, sales, Internet law, e-commerce, intellectual property, trade secrets, international law, employment, property, inheritance, consitutional law and ethics.
Classics 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.
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
Communication Management 520: Social Roles of Communication Media (4 units)
How mass media shape public images of groups, channel political power, promote consumption of goods. Social and political theories as tools in evaluating media impact. (Duplicates credit in former COMM 520.)
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 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.
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.
Craniofacial Biology 671: Epistemology and Ethos of Bioscience (2 units)
Classical and contemporary thought on knowledge acquisition, truth, and method as applied to bioscience; characteristic spirit, beliefs, and moral assumptions of bioscientists in modern history.
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.
Arts and Letters 100g: Social Justice (35267R) Jonathan Berliner (TBA)
Geography 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.
Gerontology 483: Global Health and Aging (4 units)
Overview of the impact aging populations will have on global institutions from a variety of perspectives. Examination of public health policy issues.
Gerontology 507: End of Life Care (4 units)
Examination of programs related to end of life care. Cultural competencies in working with a diverse population on end of life issues.
Gerontology 540: Social Policy and Aging (4 units)
Major legislation and programs; examination and analysis of policy-making and political processes affecting development and implementation of programs for older persons.
History 245gm: Gender and Sexualities in American History (4 units)
An investigation of the nature of femininities and masculinities over the course of U.S. history; including topics like women's rights, birth control, abortion, and gay/lesbian liberation
International Relations 308: Globalization: Issues and Controversies (4 units)
People, money, things, information, and ideas flow across national borders. How can we understand globalization, its consequences, and how to manage it? Multimedia training is involved
International Relations 310: Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (4 units)
Interdisciplinary study of the pursuit of peace, including causes of wars, arms races, conflict resolution, peace movements, domestic violence, nonviolent resistance, and peace with justice.
Jewish Studies 211g: The Holocaust (4 units)
Historical background and responses to the Holocaust, with special emphasis on ethical implications.
Philosophy 140g: Contemporary Moral and Social Issues (4 units)
Application of philosophical theories in ethics to problems such as racial and sexual discrimination, I.Q., and social justice, rights of animals, law and morality, and privacy.
Philosophy 155g: Modern Philosophy and the Meaning of Life (4 units)
Modern philosophical treatments of the problem of the meaning or purpose of human life; special attention to Existentialism.
Philosophy 330: Theories of Law (4 units)
Examination of some of the major classical and contemporary theories of the nature and functions of law and of its relation to morality.
Philosophy 430: Philosophy of Law (4 units)
The nature of law, legal realism, legal positivism; concepts used in law, such as punishment, responsibility, insanity, negligence, strict liability; law and morality.
Philosophy 440: Contemporary Ethical Theory (4 units)
Ethical theories in the 20th century; contemporary theories of value and obligation; metaethical theories; intuitionism, naturalism, and non-cognitivism; concepts of justice, human right, and freedom.
Philosophy 530: Seminar in Philosophy of Law (4 units)
Theories of the nature of law; emphasis on recent writing; legal concepts such as rights, powers, liability, legal responsibility, law, and morality.
Philosophy 540: Seminar in Ethics (4 units, max 16)
Advanced topics and literature in ethical theory.
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.
Policy, Planning, and Development 606: Urban Health Policy (4 units)
Addresses current US health policy issues and the critical processes that shape them, with an emphasis on urban populations; institutional, economic, social, ethical, and political factors.
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 220g: Critical Issues in American Politics (4 units)
Examination of enduring political issues, as well as the political processes and institutions.
Political Science 345: International Law (4 units)
Nature, origin, and development of international law; basic principles analyzed and illustrated with cases.
Political Science 382: Political Theories and Social Reform (2-4 units, max 18)
Political theories and philosophies in modern times and their relation to public policy and social reform.
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 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.
Thematic Options 102: Culture and Values: Thematic Option Honors Program (4 units)
Systematic reasoning about values and ways of living; close reading of major texts within the Western Tradition; Biblical and classical through contemporary sources. Students may not take this course on a P/NP basis.
Writing 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. Students must achieve a satisfactory score on the verbal portion of the SAT, the USC Writing Examination, or credit for WRIT 120 or 121 before enrolling in WRIT 140
Writing 340: Advanced Writing (3-4 units, max 18)
Instruction in writing for various audiences on topics related to a student's professional or disciplinary interests, with some emphasis on issues of broad public concern. Prerequisite: 1 from (WRIT-130 or WRIT-140)