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Ethics-related courses at USC (Fall 2014)

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.

 

DORNSIFE COLLEGE OF LETTERS, ARTS AND SCIENCES


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

JUDAIC STUDIES
JS211g: The Holocaust
Historical background and responses to the Holocaust, with special emphasis on ethical implications.

MULTIDISCIPLINARY ACTIVITIES
MDA110: Contemporary Issues and Cases in Health Care
An introduction to the major areas of health care; the provider's relationship to choices in professional practice; ethics and historical context.

PHILOSOPHY
PHIL135g: Legal Controversies and Ethical Principles
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 to society and our legal system, such as free speech, civil disobedience, and self-defense.

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.

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

PHIL430: Philosophy of Law
Philosophical theories about the nature of law, relations between law and morality, and analysis of normative concepts central to law, such as responsibility, punishment, negligence.

PHIL442: History of Ethics to 1900
An historical and critical study of the great moral philosophers, including Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, and the British moralists.

RELIGION
REL364: Religion and Ethics
Traces the development of how religious ideas have informed ethics, or accounts of the good life, including notions of justice, righteousness, virtue, duty, charity and happiness. (syllabus)

SOCIOLOGY
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.

SOCI350: Social Exclusion, Social Power, and Deviance
Current theories of origin, distribution, and control of deviant behavior; examination of processes involved in the career deviance of drug addicts, alcoholics, sexual deviants, gamblers, and mentally disordered.

GE
Category IV: Science and Its Significance
CHEM203Lxg: Chemistry in Life: AIDS Drug Discovery and Development
Scientific principles underlying molecular approaches to diagnosis and treatment of diseases, using specific models within a societal (business, legal, ethical) context. Not available for major credit.

Category VI: Social Issues
GEOG257g: Environment and Ethics
Examination of ethical issues in environmental context:systematic analysis of problems associated with protection and use of selected environments.

PHIL135g: Legal Controversies and Ethical Principles
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.

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.


ANNENBERG SCHOOL FOR COMMUNICATION AND JOURNALISM
COMM310: 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.

JOUR428: Social, Legal, and Ethical Foundations of Public Relations
Covers the complex intersection of legal standards and regulations, ethical practices and decision making, and social responsibilities for public relations/strategic communication practitioners. 

JOUR510: Legal, Ethical, and Social Foundations of Strategic Public Relations
Explores the origins, effects of, and processes for adhering to the complex network of legal, ethical and social responsibilities of the contemporary PR practitioner.

GOULD SCHOOL OF LAW
LAW798: Law, Mental Health, and Ethics
Focuses on one or two topics per year at the intersection of law, mental health and ethics and explores them from an interdisciplinary perspective.

KECK SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
HP422: Aids in Society
Provides a broad examination of issues in HIV/AIDS, including behavioral, social, biological, clinical and ethical dimensions of the pandemic in the U.S. and elsewhere.

MARSHALL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
BUCO425: Ethics and Professional Communication
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.

ROSSIER SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
EDCO503: Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
Examination of current legal, ethical, and other professional issues in the practice of counseling and psychotherapy.

SCHOOL OF CINEMATIC ARTS
CTCS409: Censorship in Cinema
An inquiry into the practice and patterns of censorship in cinema.

PRICE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY
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.VITERBI SCHOOL OF

VITERBI SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
ITP325x: Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense
Hacking from a defense perspective. Hacker ethics and laws. Penetration testing. Vulnerability Assessment. Securing workstations, servers, and networks.