University Core Curriculum
Module II: Engaging Jesuit Traditions

Ethical Reasoning

  • These courses introduce students to major traditions of moral theory and ethical reasoning, engage students in critically examining ethical problems, and challenge students to develop rigorous personal systems of ethical reasoning. The central goals of the course are to develop students' skills in reasoning about ethical problems and encourage deep, habitual reflection on the ethical dimensions of life. This course requires a major case study analysis of some sort. Individual sections may focus on different ethical arenas or problems. Prerequisite: UCOR 2500 Philosophy of the Human Person.

    Sample Sections

    Environmental Ethics

    Faculty: Daniel Dombrowski

    There are two principal aims in this course, one theoretical and the other practical.  The theoretical aim is to understand the major options in the history of philosophical ethics, especially utilitarianism, Kantianism (or deontology), and virtue ethics.  The practical aim of the course is both to apply these theories to various ethical problems regarding human nature and to see how these theories emerge out of these problems.

    Ethics of Food

    Faculty: Paulette Kidder

    This course engages students in ethical reasoning about issues surrounding food, including the health of the environment, hunger and inequality, and the treatment of nonhuman animals.

    Ethical Reasoning

    Faculty: Yancy Hughes Dominick

    What is ethics? Is it a science or an art? What--if anything--determines the difference between right and wrong? We will examine responses to these and other questions by Aristotle, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, and John Stuart Mill. We will also address the practical application of these theories by discussing issues including poverty and social justice, animal rights, and euthanasia.

  • Learning Objectives

    This course helps students understand key philosophical foundations of the Jesuit intellectual tradition, particularly insofar as that tradition has addressed issues of ethics.

    This course helps students understand, use, and assess the strengths and weaknesses of ethical theories.

    This course assists students in becoming effective writers, including writers of high quality academic prose.

    A central goal of this course is to help students learn to use ethical theories to analyze situations and inform judgments about actions.