Honors in Ethics in Society
The Program in Ethics in Society offers undergraduates the opportunity to write a senior honors thesis within a community of interdisciplinary scholars. The course of study combines the analytical rigor of moral and political philosophy with the subject matter of each student's self-chosen major to develop a sophisticated understanding of problems of social concern. Such problems include: the nature and implications of treating people with equal dignity and respect; the scope of liberty; the legitimacy of government; and the meaning of responsibility. The program poses these issues and others in the context of debates which arise in our common public life. It thus extends moral concern and reflection across disciplines such as medicine, law, economics, political science, sociology, international relations, and public policy.
Students in the program write honors theses on topics which use moral and political philosophy to address practical problems. Previous theses have considered such questions as the just distribution of health care, obligations to future generations, the role of moral values in education, the moral implications of genetic engineering, and the relationship between gender inequality and the structures of work and family. Students in the program have won scholarships to graduate study including Marshall, Rhodes, and Fulbright fellowships. Others have taken the step from moral analysis to moral commitment, pursuing careers of public service.
The honors program in Ethics in Society is open to majors in every field and must be taken in addition to a department major. Students should apply for entry at the end of Spring Quarter of the sophomore year or at the beginning of Autumn Quarter of the junior year. Applicants should have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 (B+) or higher. They should also maintain this minimum average in the courses taken to satisfy the requirements. Required courses must be taken for a letter grade. Students interested in pursuing honors in Ethics in Society should contact the program coordinator for more information and to begin the application process.
- ETHICSOC 20. Introduction to Moral Theory (same as PHIL 20); or ETHICSOC 170. Ethical Theory (same as PHIL 170)
- ETHICSOC 171. Justice (same as IPS 208, PHIL 171, POLISCI 136S, PUBLPOL 207)
- Two 4- or 5-unit undergraduate courses on a subject approved by the faculty director, designed to encourage students to explore those issues in Ethics in Society that are of particular interest to them, ideally with the honors thesis in mind.
- ETHICSOC 190. Honors Seminar
- ETHICSOC 200 A, B. Honors Thesis. On a subject approved by the honors adviser, with the work spread over two quarters. To receive honors in Ethics in Society, students must receive a grade of 'B+' on their thesis.
Typically, requirements 1 and 2 are completed before the Winter Quarter of the junior year. ETHICSOC 190 is taken in Winter Quarter of the junior year and requirement 3 at any time during the sophomore, junior, or Autumn Quarter of the senior year. The honors thesis is written during Autumn and Winter quarters of the senior year. Exceptions to this must be approved by the faculty director. Courses taken to fulfill the Ethics in Society honors requirement may be double-counted for Philosophy and other majors.
Ethics in Society
- ETHICSOC 10. Ethics in Theory and Practice (same as PHIL 22)
- ETHICSOC 20. Introduction to Moral Philosophy (same as PHIL 2)
- ETHICSOC 132X. Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Sector (same as POLISCI 132X)
- ETHICSOC 136R. Introduction to Global Justice (same as INTNLREL 136R, PHIL 76, POLISCI 136R, POLISCI 336)
- ETHICSOC 137R. Justice at Home and Abroad: Civil Rights in the 21st Century (same as EDUC 261X, POLISCI 137R, POLISCI 337R)
- ETHICSOC 157. Moral Foundations of Capitalism
- ETHICSOC 170. Ethical Theory (same as PHIL 170/270)
- ETHICSOC 171. Justice (same as IPS 208, PHIL 171/271, POLISCI 136S, PUBLPOL 207)
- ETHICSOC 175M. Ethics of War (same as PHIL 80)
- ETHICSOC 177M/277M. Human Rights and Moral Questions (same as PHIL 177M/277M)
- ETHICSOC 178M/278M. Environmental Justice (same as PHIL 178M/278M)
- ETHICSOC 185M. Contemporary Moral Problems (same as PHIL 72)
- ETHICSOC 190. Honors Seminar
- ETHICSOC 200 A and B. Honors thesis credits
This is a partial list of courses that may be used to fulfill requirement 3. Courses not on this list can be submitted to the faculty director for approval.
- ANTHRO 90A. History of Archaeological Thought (same as ARCHLGY 103)
- ANTHRO 90B. Theory of Cultural and Social Anthropology
- ANTHRO 179. Cultures of Disease: Cancer
- BIOMEDIN 109Q. Genomics: A Technical and Cultural Revolution (same as GENE 109Q)
- CLASSGEN 81. Philosophy and Literature (same as PHIL 81)
- COMM 131/231. Media Ethics and Responsibility
- COMPLIT 226. Narrative and Ethics (same as GERLIT 242)
- CS 181. Computers, Ethics, and Public Policy
- EDUC 165/265. History of Higher Education in the U.S. (same as HISTORY 158C)
- EDUC 167. Educating for Equity and Democracy
- EDUC 201. History of Education in the United States (same as HISTORY 158B)
- EDUC 216X. Education, Race, and Inequality in African American History (same as HISTORY 255E)
- EDUC 220C. Education and Society (same as SOC 130/230)
- EDUC 247. Moral Education
- HISTORY 209C. Liberalism and Violence: A Conceptual History
- HUMBIO 122S. Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, Health
- HUMBIO 174. Foundations of Bioethics
- IPS 241. International Security in a Changing World (same as POLISCI 114S)
- MED 83Q. Ethical, Legal, and Social Dimensions of Stem Cell Research
- MS&E 254. The Ethical Analyst
- POLISCI 1. Introduction to International Relations
- POLISCI 123. Politics and Public Policy (same as PUBLPOL 101/201)
- PUBLPOL 183. Philanthropy and Social Innovation
- URBANST 131. Social Innovation and the Social Entrepreneur