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Ethics-related courses at USC (Fall 2015)

This is a list of courses offered at USC in Fall 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.



AMST 252gmw: Black Social Movements in the U.S.
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.

CLAS 320gmp: Diversity and the Classical Western Tradition
Political, ethical, and ideological aspects of classical Western Attitudes towards human diversity. Relationship between classical tradition and contemporary discussions of diversity and unity.

COLT 486: Deconstructive Thought
Deconstructive analysis of theories of language, representation, selfhood, the human, art and technology, politics and ethics. Study of works by Derrida and others.

EALC 130gp: Introduction to East Asian Ethical Thought
Introduction to the history of Chinese, Japanese and Korean ethical thought; perspectives on human nature, historical writing, and aesthetic implications. Conducted in English.

ENST 150xg: Environmental Issues in Society
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.

SWMS 140g: Current Moral and Social Issues
Critical study of controversial social issues such as abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, war and terrorism, sexual morality, affirmative action, and economic justice.

GEOG 257g: Environment and Ethics
Examination of ethical issues in environmental context: systematic analysis of problems associated with protection and use of selected environments.

HIST 444: Mass Violence and Comparative Genocide in Modern World History
Systematic exploration of origins, developments, forms, and aftermath of mass murder of large population groups, one of the dark elements of modern world history.

IR 150xg: Environmental Issues in Society
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.

IR 310: Peace and Conflict Studies
Interdisciplinary study of the pursuit of peace, including causes of wars, arms races, conflict resolution, peace movements, nonviolent resistance, and peace with justice.

IR 386: Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Examination of terrorism and responses to terrorism, including how societies understand and deal with terrorism; focus on ethical and normative issues.

JS 211gw: The Holocaust
Historical background and responses to the Holocaust, with special emphasis on ethical implications.

PHIL 166g: Current Moral and Social Issues
Critical study of controversial social issues such as abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, war and terrorism, sexual morality, affirmative action, and economic justice.

PHIL 174g: Freedom, Equality, and Social Justice
Explores the nature of justice, and how apparently conflicting ideals, such as freedom and equality, are to be balanced within a just society.

PHIL 260g: Ethical Theory and Practice
Explores various conceptions of morality and what makes actions right or wrong, together with the implications of these views for concrete ethical issues.

PHIL 440: 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.

POSC 448a: The Politics of Peace
Issues of social justice, large-scale social change, high technology, impacts on human survival, and uses of national and international institutions.

PSYC 240xg: Scientific Inquiry and Reasoning
Critical analysis and reasoning skills required to solve scientific problems in human behavior, including presentation of data, logic of research design, statistics, and research ethics. Not for major credit for Psychology majors.

REL 111g: The World of the Hebrew Bible
The Hebrew Bible in the cultural setting of the ancient Near East; the formation of theological and ethical concepts which have shaped Western culture.

SSCI 165Lgw: Sustainability Science in the City
The influence of sustainability science on public policy and vice versa in the context of social/ethical theories, analytical methods and solutions.

CORE 102gp: Culture and Values
Systematic reasoning about values and ways of living; close reading of major texts within the Western Tradition; Biblical and classical through contemporary sources.

WRIT 150: Writing and Critical Reasoning--Thematic Approaches
Academic writing, emphasizing analysis and argumentation, rhetorical judgment, critical reasoning, creative insight, the careful use of evidence, ethical perspectives, logical organization, stylistic and grammatical fluency. (**only says word “ethics,” but seems to be potentially relevant.)

ACCT 430: Accounting Ethics
Theoretical knowledge and practical application accountants need to identify ethical issues and reconcile conflicts among competing stakeholders' interests in all major areas of accounting practice.

ACCT 462: Detecting Fraudulent Financial Reporting
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.

BUCO 425: 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.

FBE 403: Introduction to the Legal Environment of Business
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.

FBE 458: Law, Finance and Ethics
Law and ethics of agency, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, governmental regulation, mergers, creditor rights, secured transactions, bankruptcy, securities regulation, and antitrust.

GSBA 523t: Communication for Accounting and Tax Professionals
Communication strategies to ensure effective communication to internal and external business audiences at all levels; business writing and presentations; electronic communication; communicating ethics in business.

COMM 310: Media and Society
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 381: 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.

COMM 382: 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.

COMM 388: 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.

JOUR 202: Newswriting: Print
Introduction to basic skills of print newswriting, news judgment, construction of print news stories. Social responsibility and ethical framework for print journalists.

JOUR 203: Newswriting: Broadcast
Introduction to broadcast newswriting with emphasis on the ear and eye. News judgment. Social responsibility and ethical framework for broadcast journalists.

JOUR 306: Production: Broadcast
Studio and field production for audio and visual media. Social responsibility and ethical framework involving broadcast non-fiction production.

JOUR 308: Newspaper Editing and Design
Copyediting and newspaper production layout. Headline and caption writing. Design. Social responsibility and ethical framework involving print production.

JOUR 309: Introduction to Online Media
Convergence journalism and online skill sets. Blogs and Web content production. Social responsibility and ethical framework in digital information technology.

JOUR 409: Radio News Production
Reporting for public radio news: writing, newsgathering, interviewing, editing, vocal delivery. Study of standards, content and ethics.

JOUR 428: 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.

HP 422: 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.

OT 333: 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.

AEST 400a: Aerospace Studies IV - National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society
Military professionalism and the context in which defense policy is formulated and implemented; national security policy, political/social constraints, and military justice.

PPD 240g: 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.

PPD 315: Analytic Foundations for Public Policy
Qualitative methods of analysis; ethical and political implications of policy choices; issue diagnosis and policy design skills; critical reasoning and ethics; policy leadership.

PPD 546: Capstone in Public Administration
Constitutionally accountable and ethical practice, individually and organizationally; applications of core competencies; practical inquiry, analysis, systems; comparative frameworks; citizenship and public service.

PPD 554: Foundations of Public Policy Analysis
Introduction to public policy analysis; issue diagnosis and policy design; analytic reasoning and argumentation; the role of the public policy professional; ethical issues in policy analysis.

PPD 606: Urban Health Policy
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.