PHIL 399

Ethics Bowl

This course provides students with a unique opportunity to practice applying ethical theories to controversial ethical problems. An Ethics Bowl is a collaborative yet competitive event in which teams analyze a series of wide-ranging ethical dilemmas. Responses are judged according to the quality of a team?s reasoning and how well team members organize and present their case, attend to an analyze the morally relevant features of the case, and to anticipate and preemptively respond to commentary and questions. Students receive 15 case studies with complex ethical issues in a number of practical contexts (possibly including engineering, law, medicine, personal relationships, education, politics, and international relations). During the course students prepare these cases and possibly compete at an Ethics Bowl. Questions may concern ethical problems on wide ranging topics, such as the classroom (e.g. cheating or plagiarism), personal relationships (e.g. dating or friendship), professional ethics (e.g. engineering, law, or medicine), social and political ethics (e.g. free speech, gun control, etc.), global issues (e.g. the impact of globalization, global warming, and the environment).