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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 Thursday 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.

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.

Spring 2019 Ethics Reading Courses

UNIV291A: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: What’s at Stake?
Instructor: Leslie James (ljames@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room TBD) the first eight Wednesdays of Spring 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291B: Bernard Mandeville, The Fable of the Bees, Or Private Vices, Public Benefits
Instructor: David Alvarez (davidalvarez@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room TBD) the first eight Thursdays of Spring 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291C: Benjamin Huff, The Tao of Pooh
Instructor: Tim Good (tgood@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room TBD) the first eight Mondays of Spring 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291D: Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff, The Coddling of the American Mind
Please note that this course has been cancelled.

UNIV291E: Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Instructor: Lydia Marshall (lydiamarshall@depauw.edu)
Meets in Asbury 007 the first eight Tuesdays of Spring 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291G: Cathy O’Neil, Weapons of Math Destruction
Instructor: Steven Bogaerts (stevenbogaerts@depauw.edu)
Meets in Julian 245 the first eight Tuesdays of Spring 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291H: Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
Instructor: Michael Seaman (mseaman@depauw.edu)
Meets in Julian 203 the first eight Tuesdays of Spring 2019 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291J: The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap by Gish Jen
Instructor: Lynn Ishikawa (lynnishikawa@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room TBD) the first eight Thursdays of Spring 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291K: Assholes: A Theory by Aaron James
Instructor: Maureen Knudsen Langdoc (mknudsenlangdoc@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room and day TBD) the first eight weeks of Spring 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291M: The Ethics of Practice with Minors: High Stakes, Hard Choices by Kim Strom-Gottfried
Instructor: Patti Stauffer  (stauffer@appe-ethics.org)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room TBD) the first eight Wednesdays of Spring 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291P: The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Strout
Instructor: Travis Linneweber  (travislinneweber@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room TBD) the first eight Thursdays of Spring 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.

Fall 2018 Ethics Reading Courses

UNIV291A: Theodor Adorno, Can One Live After Auschwitz?
Instructor: David Alvarez (davidalvarez@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room TBD) the first eight Thursdays of Fall 2018, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291B: Glenn Greenwald, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
Instructor: Caroline Good (cgood@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room TBD) the first eight Thursdays of Fall 2018, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291C: Piers Ibbotson, The Illusion of Leadership
Instructor: Tim Good (tgood@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room TBD) the first eight Thursdays of Fall 2018, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291D: Stuart Hall, The Fateful Triangle: Race, Ethnicity, Nation
Instructor: Leslie R. James (ljames@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room TBD) the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2018, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291E: The Bhagavad Gita
Instructor: Tamara Pollack (tpollack@depauw.edu)
Meets at the Prindle Institute (room TBD) the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2018, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291F: Jason De León, The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail
Instructor: Angela Castañeda
Meets on campus (location noted in the Schedule of Courses) the first eight Thursdays of Fall 2018, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291G: Nirmala Erevelles, Disability and difference in global contexts: Enabling a transformative body politic
Instructor: Derek Ford (derekford@depauw.edu)
Meets on campus (location noted in the Schedule of Courses) the first eight Wednesdays of Fall 2018, 6-7:30 p.m.

UNIV291H: Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Instructor: Sherry Mou
Meets on campus (location noted in the Schedule of Courses) the first eight Tuesdays of Fall 2018, 7-8:30 p.m.

UNIV291I: Robert Post, Who Owns America’s Past?: The Smithsonian and the Problem of History
Instructor: Craig Hadley (craighadley@depauw.edu)
Meets in Peeler (room TBD) the first seven Tuesdays of Fall 2018, 7-8:30 p.m.

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