In 1980, educators gathered at the Hastings Center to discuss if there were any common goals for teaching ethics in higher education. Consensus was reached that the goals of teaching ethics, regardless of professional discipline are to assist the students in:
1. Stimulating their moral imagination
2. Recognizing ethical issues
3. Analyzing key concepts and principles
4. Eliciting their sense of responsibility
5. Dealing constructively with ambiguity and disagreement (1)
This web resource gives a summary of a series of workshops conducted by CSEP. It is designed to assist instructors with integrating ethics teaching into their course curricula in a way that fulfills the above five goals.
From 1997-2003, the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at IIT hosted colleagues from institutions internationally and across the country for the Ethics Across the Curriculum summer workshops. Running seven days, these workshops allowed twenty participants from a variety of disciplines to discuss ways to meaningfully integrate ethics into undergraduate and graduate curricula. The workshop had been successfully offered to IIT faculty in 1991-1993, and a generous grant from the National Science Foundation allowed CSEP to expand the workshop to include participants from other institutions starting in 1994. Since then, a number of other institutions have started hosting their own workshops. This resource is an attempt to supplement these workshops, and gives some general advice and a further list of resources and readings for individuals looking at integrating ethics into their courses, or in developing a university-wide Ethics Across the Curriculum program.
1. The Language of Professional Ethics
2. Case Studies: An example
a. Catalyst B – Phase I (Case Study Discussion)
b. Seven – Step Format for Ethical Decision Making
3. Ethical Theories
a. Utilitarianism/Teleological Ethics
b. Deontological (or “duty-based”) Ethics
c. Other Theories: Pluralism, Social Justice, Virtue, and Relativism
d. Professional Ethics
4. Professional Ethics & How to Identify Ethics Issues In What You Teach
5. Catalyst B – II & III (Case Study Discussion)
6. Leading Case Study Discussions
a. Goals and General Principles for holding a discussion
b. A Three-Part Framework for Moral Reasoning
7. Integration of Ethics in What You Teach
a . General Principles for Integrating Ethics
b. Identifying Ethics in What You Teach
c. Variety of Objectives
d. The Ethics of Teaching Ethics
10. Bibliography of material on integrating ethics by subject area.
11. EAC Workshops and Events Calendar
(1) Callahan, Daniel. "Goals of Teaching Ethics" in Callahan, Daniel and Sissela Bok, Ethics Teaching in Higher Education. New York: Plenum Press, 1980. pp.64-69.