ERIC Number: ED286781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-23
The "Other Voices" in Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas: The Value of the New Scholarship on Women in the Teaching of Ethics.
Shapiro, Joan Poliner; Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll
This paper indicates the need for women's studies ethics courses and the examination of student concepts of morality. It proposes the ethical study of social problems not usually considered in undergraduate classes and illustrates the importance of the study of historical perspectives and situational ethics in the teaching of complex contemporary social problems. A women's studies ethics course was introduced to undergraduates in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. It provides a broad political and social justice approach and attempts to move student thinking from individual needs to social responsibility in both private and public life. The course highlights problems of inequality and the ethics of racism, sexism, classism, imperialism, and exploitation. Emphasis is placed upon examining the social changes affecting the choices students must make when they face ethical dilemmas. Topics include such issues as abortion, sexuality, reproduction technology, and medical ethics during different historical periods. As a result, students learn that answers are not always absolute, but must sometimes be based on situational ethics. The course outline is included as an appendix. (JHP)
Descriptors: Altruism, College Curriculum, College Instruction, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Course Content, Ethical Instruction, Ethics, Females, Higher Education, Moral Development, Moral Issues, Moral Values, Scholarship, Social Attitudes, Social Problems, Values, Values Education, Womens Studies
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association (68th, Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).