Teach an Ethics Reading Course

Take a deep dive into ethics, one book at a time

Ethics Reading Courses allow faculty members and their students to read and discuss a single work that enhances their understanding of the field of ethics or a particular ethical issue. The courses are a quarter credit, allowing students to weave ethics into their curricular goals throughout their time at DePauw. The quarter-credit courses also allow faculty members to pilot modules that might fit into the courses they regularly teach at DePauw or form the foundation of an entirely new course.

Teaching a Prindle Ethics Reading Course

A professor and some of her students seated around a table in a heated discussion
Exploring ethics one book at a time

Applications for proposals to teach a quarter-credit Prindle Ethics Reading Course (UNIV291) in Fall 2019 closed on February 8. Faculty will be notified of decisions on February 13. Contact Prindle’s administrative assistant Lana Hall (lanahall@depauw.edu) with any questions about Ethics Reading Course coordination.

Course Information

Spring 2019 and Fall 2018 Prindle Ethics Reading Courses listed here.

  • The ideal course is a reading and discussion group that revolves around a single book or text.
  • The required coursework should be reasonable given that the course is a quarter credit, but should have enough rigor to warrant receiving a grade (e.g. some written assignments or other projects).
  • Courses will be capped at 10 students each.
  • Class meetings can take place either on campus or at Prindle. (Transportation to and from the Prindle Institute will be arranged by Prindle.)
  • Each course should meet for approximately 90 minutes per week for a total of 8 weeks. Courses will meet in the first eight weeks of the semester.
    • Courses meet from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Courses will be listed under the University Studies course – UNIV 291: Prindle Selected Topics in Ethics


$700 for the development of the course over the Winter or Summer Term + $1,000 course overload stipend during the semester in which the course is taught. Faculty members may elect to receive non-monetary compensation (e.g. a corresponding teaching underload) in lieu of a stipend.

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