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NY Times: Latest Ethics News

Gov. Cuomo’s Broken Promises
July 23, 2014

The governor of New York created an independent commission to root out corruption in Albany, but he blocked investigations of…

What I Saw on Rikers Island
July 23, 2014

Ritual humiliation of inmates leads to death of the soul.

Cuomo’s Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission
July 22, 2014

An investigation has found that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s aides deeply compromised the New York State panel’s work, objecting…

Ethics Report on 2018 and 2022 World Cups Is Delayed
July 21, 2014

The FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia’s report into allegations of bidding corruption tied to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has…

But I Didn’t Know Filming Fights Was Wrong!
July 19, 2014

Forbidden footage; washer wars.

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Levan Online Ethics Resource Center

The Levan Online Ethics Resource Center aims to promote ethics across the USC curriculum by providing faculty with strategies for incorporating ethics into their courses, offering tips for effective ethics education, connecting them with the latest in moral education research, and providing ethics lesson-plans and multimedia resources relevant to their subject matters.

The Ethics Resource Center is organized by the following general categories:

THE ETHICS TOOLBOX: All the tools you need to develop an ethics lesson plan for your course: dilemmas, cases, podcasts, videos, newsfeeds (the latest ethics news articles), ethics newsletters (the latest ethics articles about your subject emailed directly to you), and ready to go lesson plans.  The resources in this section are organized by academic subject matter wherever possible.  In some cases, where there are a vast amount of resources available (e.g. case studies), the toolbox directs you to databases, directories, or lists where you can find resources that pertain specifically to your course. 

TEACHING ETHICS: This section focuses primarily on how ethics can be brought into the classroom effectively.  Here you'll find suggestions on how to formulate various types of ethics-focused assignments, help students develop good habits of ethical awareness, deliberation, and action, and how to assist them in overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way.  Also included in this section are links to general teaching resources from the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching.

CODES AND PRINCIPLES: Research shows that developing a code of ethics, communicating that code, and backing it up with sanctions decreases unethical behavior both at universities and in the work place.  This section gives you access to various USC honor codes, professional codes of ethics (by subject matter), and some insight into how to construct an effective code of ethics.

MORAL EDUCATION RESEARCH: The articles gathered in this section explore issues in moral development (what, if anything, constitutes it) and ethics education (what works, what doesn't, and why).

ETHICS AT USC: The final section of the site directs you to ethics events sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, as well as to a general listing of the ethics-related courses on offer in the 2009-10 academic year.

* For help with resources or to recommend additional resources, contact The Levan Institute at usclevan@usc.edu