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Ethics Reading Courses

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

No matter how busy you are, you can work ethics into your schedule with a quarter-credit Prindle Ethics Reading Course. In these courses, you’ll read and discuss with your professor and classmates a single work to enhance your understanding of the field of ethics or an individual ethical issue. These quarter-credit ethics reading courses allow students to easily weave an ethics component throughout their curriculum while at DePauw. Consult the Schedule of Courses to register for one of these courses today!

Ethics Reading Courses Information

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Make ethics a part of your DePauw experience

You can find these courses listed in the Schedule of Courses just like any other class.

Classes meet for the first eight weeks of the semester. Class meeting spaces are noted next to each listing. If the class meets at the Prindle Institute, free transportation will be provided each evening the class meets. Transportation departs from the Union Building each evening at 6:50 p.m. and returns to the Union Building from Prindle after the class ends at 8:30 p.m.

Please note that the information below is subject to change. Please consult the Schedule of Courses for the most accurate and updated information.

Fall 2020 Ethics Reading Courses

UNIV291A: Frans de Waal, Mama’s Last Hug
Instructor: Nipun Chopra
Meets at the Prindle Institute the first eight Thursdays of Fall 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291B: Omid Safi (ed.), Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender and Pluralism
Instructor: Jeffrey Kenney
Meets on campus the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291C: Mathias Thaler, Naming Violence
Instructor: Caitlin Howlett
Meets on campus the first eight Thursdays of Fall 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291D: Ronald Dworkin, Law’s Empire
Instructor: Tucker Sechrest
Meets at the Prindle Institute the first eight Thursdays of Fall 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291E: Jane Bennett and Sylvia Tamale, Research on Gender and African Sexualities
Instructor: Aldrin Magaya
Meets at the Prindle Institute the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291F: Nannerl O. Keohane, Thinking About Leadership
Instructor: Andy Cullison
Meets at the Prindle Institute the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291G: John G. Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks
Instructor: Tamara Pollack
Meets at the Prindle Institute the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291H: Robert Nozick, Anarchy, the State, and Utopia
Instructor: Jessica Mejía
Meets on campus the first eight Thursdays of Fall 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291J: Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays
Instructor: Tim Good
Meets on campus the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291K: Howard Zinn, A People’s History of American Empire
Instructor: Caroline Good
Meets at the Prindle Institute the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

Spring 2020 Ethics Reading Courses

UNIV291A: Timothy Murphy, Case Studies in Biomedical Research Ethics
Instructor: Nipun Chopra
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room 135) the first eight Thursdays of Spring 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291B: Bert Ashe, Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles
Instructor: Logan Dandridge
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room 135) the first eight Wednesdays of Spring 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291C: Noam Chomsky, Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power
Instructor: Tim Good
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room TBD) the first eight Thursdays of Spring 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291D: Richard A. Oppenlander, Comfortably Unaware: What We Choose to Eat Is Killing Us and Our Planet
Instructor: Caroline Good
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room 138) the first eight Wednesdays of Spring 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291E: Darrell Huff, How to Lie with Statistics
Instructor: Tucker Sechrest
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room 135) the first eight Mondays of Spring 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291F: Kirk Wallace Johnson, The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
Instructor: Lydia Marshall
Meets in Asbury Hall 009 the first eight Tuesdays of Spring 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291G: Steven Johnson, The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
Instructor: Nicole Lobdell
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room 138) the first eight Thursdays of Spring 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291H: Edward O. Wilson, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life
Instructor: Jennifer Adams
Meets on campus (location TBD) the first eight Wednesdays of Spring 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291J: Kwame Anthony Appiah, Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers
Instructor: David Alvarez
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room TBD) the first eight Wednesdays of Spring 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291K: Bernard Suits, The Grasshopper
Instructor: Jessica Mejía
Meets at Asbury Hall 220 the first eight Mondays of Spring 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291M: Sanitized Religion and Morality (articles chosen by instructor)
Instructor: Ted Bitner
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room 138) the first eight Mondays of Spring 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

Fall 2019 Ethics Reading Courses

UNIV291A: Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, The Smartest Guys in the Room: 10th Anniversary Edition: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron
Instructor: Paul McGurr (paulmcgurr@depauw.edu)
Meets on campus (location TBD) the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291B: Wendy Wong, Van Gogh on Demand: China and the Readymade
Instructor: Craig Hadley (craighadley@depauw.edu)
Meets in Peeler 213 the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291C: Carolyn Bronstein and Whitney Strub, Porno Chic and the Sex Wars: American Sexual Representation in the 1970s
Instructor: Sarah Rowley (sarahrowley@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room 135) the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291D: George Eliot, Middlemarch
Instructor: Meryl Altman (maltman@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room 138) the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291E: Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography
Instructor: Marnie McInnes (mmcinnes@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room 152) the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291F: Charles Taylor, A Secular Age
Instructor: David Alvarez (davidalvarez@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room 152) the first eight Thursdays of Fall 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291G: John Taylor Gatto, Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling.
Instructor: Tim Good (tgood@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room 135) the first eight Thursdays of Fall 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291H: Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey, The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economics Order
Instructor: Ashley Puzzo (ashleypuzzo@depauw.edu)
Meets on campus (location TBD) the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291J: Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue
Instructor: Jessica Mejia (jessicamejia@depauw.edu)
Meets on campus (location TBD) the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291K: Gandhi, an Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth
Instructor: Tamara Pollack (tpollack@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room 138) the first eight Thursdays of Fall 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291M: Jacques Ranciere, The Ignorant
Instructor: Angela Flury (aflury@depauw.edu)
Meets on campus (location TBD) the first eight Thursdays of Fall 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291N: Sigmund Freud, “Civilization and Its Discontents”
Instructor: Ted Bitner (tedbitner@depauw.edu)
Meets on campus (location TBD) the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

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