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.

Propose a Prindle Ethics Reading Course

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Take a deep dive into ethics with your students

We are currently accepting proposals for Fall 2021 quarter-credit ethics reading courses (UNIV291).  Proposals will be accepted until February 15, 2021 at 3 p.m. Applicants will be notified soon thereafter of our decisions. Contact Jessica Mejía (jessicamejia@depauw.edu) with any questions about the proposal form or teaching an ethics reading course. More information about the courses and compensation can be found below this form.

Guidelines for Proposals

Each proposal must contain the following:

  • Title of selected text
  • Description of the connection between this book and the study of ethics
  • Brief outline of class requirements and assessment plan
  • Preferred meeting day

Fall 2021 Ethics Reading Course Proposal Deadline for proposals is February 15, 2021

Fall 2021 Course Proposal Submission Form

Course Information

Spring 2021 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 ten students each.
  • Class meetings can take place either on campus, at the Prindle Institute or online.
  • Each course should meet for approximately 90 minutes per week for a total of eight 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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