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Ethics-related courses at USC (Spring 2015)

This is a list of courses offered at USC in Spring 2015 that focus on ethics or 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 a course and would like it to be listed here, please drop us a line.



CLAS340: Ethics and Politics in Ancient Rome
Introduction to ethical and political thought of classical Roman writers. Relationship between theory and practice. Implications for contemporary society.

COLT385: Literature and Justice
Examination of literary and autobiographical texts that raise questions of justice in multicultural societies; links to theories of justice in historical, political, or philosophical contexts.

SWMS140g: Contemporary Social and Moral Issues
Critical study of controversial social issues such as abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, war & terrorism, pornography, and economic justice.

IR387: Nature of War
Warfare examined from Western and non-Western perspectives. Theory and theory-into-practice topics include impact of technology, civil-military relations, moral concerns, emerging threats, future forms of warfare.

PHIL140g: Contemporary Moral and Social Issues
Critical study of controversial social issues such as abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, war & terrorism, pornography, and economic justice.

PHIL141g:The Professions and the Public Interest in American Life
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.

PHIL340: Ethics
Study of major philosophical theories of moral right and wrong, such as utilitarianism, Kantianism, egoism, virtue ethics, and theological ethics.

PHIL361: Philosophy of Religion
The existence of God; mysticism, miracles and the possibility of disembodied existence; the problem of evil; religion and morality; the meaning of religious language.

PHIL385: Science and Rationality
Examination of the rationality of the scientific enterprise, and of the relation between science and human values.

PHIL437: Social and Political Philosophy
The nature of man and society, the nature and justification of state and government, political rights and political obligation, justice and equality.

PHIL440: Contemporary Ethical Theory
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.

SOCI360m: Social Inequality: Class, Status, and Power
Inequalities in wealth, prestige, and power in the United States; the American class structure and the extent of upward mobility in that structure.

CORE301: Modes of Inquiry (syllabus)
The study of philosophy and how the ancients variously embodied and performed their wisdom; exploration of techniques drawn from contemporary performance theory in highly performative, experimental, and collaborative learning environments in order to develop an appreciation for this particular sort of philosophical activity. To register, contact Richard Edinger, College Honors Program. 

PHIL 155g: Modern Philosophy and The Meaning of Life
Modern philosophical treatments of the problem of the meaning or purpose of human life; special attention to Existentialism.

COMM371: Censorship and the Law: From the Press to Cyberspace
The study of current and historical battles over the limits of free expression from press and public parks to television, movies, music and cyberspace.

COMM381: Issues in Contemporary Sport
Explores social, political and ethical issues in elite sports and how issues are addressed through popular media; examination includes the relationship between sports and politics.

COMM382: Sports, Business, and Media in Today’s Society
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.

COMM388: Ethics in Human Communication
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.

COMM498: Ethical Issues in Entertainment and Communication
Examines social and political controversies over conflicting ethical standards for communication in a variety of media: mass-media, communication technology, and entertainment.

LAW200x: Law and Society
Sources and structure of law; history of Bill of Rights emphasizing effect on criminal justice system; limits of law in solving problems in American society. Not available for major credit.

LAW403: Mental Health Law
Issues at the intersection of law and psychology, both civil--e.g. civil commitment--and criminal-e.g. the insanity defense. Emphasis on ethical issues.

PM577: Global Health, Law, and Human Rights
Highlights the complex interactions between global health, law and human rights, emphasizing the use of human rights in public health thinking and practice.

OT333: Sports Ethics
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.

PHRD616: Pharmacy, Law, and Ethics
Provides students with an understanding of ethical issues that arise in pharmacy practice along with state and federal statutes, regulations, and pharmacy-related cases.

MS302: Leadership and Ethics
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

PPD240: Citizenship and Public Ethics
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.