Ethics Bowl (PHIL 560/001)

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Instructor: Jan Boxill. This course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in Caldwell 208, with a recitation on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Caldwell 213.

The Ethics Bowl provides students with a unique opportunity to practice applying the moral theories and argumentation principles that they learn in their ethics classes. The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) combines the excitement and fun of a competitive tournament with a valuable educational experience. We will receive 15 case studies around Sept. 15th with ethical issues in a number of practical contexts, including engineering, law, medicine, personal relationships, school and politics, both nationally and internationally. During the course the students will prepare these cases. Questions may concern ethical problems on wide ranging topics, such as the classroom (e.g. cheating or plagiarism), personal relationships (e.g. dating or friendship), professional ethics (e.g. engineering, law, medicine), or social and political ethics (e.g. free speech, gun control, etc.) or global issues (e.g. the impact of globalization, global warming, the environment). Preparing responses to these questions involves a great deal of research, writing and oral presentation. The team sent to the Ethics Bowl competition will be selected from those registered in the course. Before the actual competition, we will have several mock Ethics Bowl competitions.

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