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Teach an Ethics Reading Course

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

Ethics Reading Courses allow DePauw 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.

Course Information

Information about current and past Prindle Ethics Reading Courses is available 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. Courses that have fewer than 4 students enrolled by the first day of classes will be canceled.
  • Class meetings can take place either on campus or at the Prindle Institute.
  • 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.


$700 for the development of the course over the Winter or Summer + $1,000 course overload stipend during the semester in which the course is taught. Instructors are eligible for the $700 development stipend only for reading courses that they have not previously taught.  In the event that the course is canceled (courses that have fewer than 4 students enrolled by the first day of classes will be canceled), faculty will receive only the development portion of the compensation outlined above.

Fall 2024 Prindle Ethics Reading Courses Deadline: March 1, 2024

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