ERIC Number: ED354032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Curriculum Diversity through a Core Approach to Ethics.
Englehardt, Elaine Eliason
In 1987, a sophomore level interdisciplinary Ethics and Values (EV) core course was implemented at Utah Valley Community College in Orem, serving as the humanities core among the liberal education requirements, a requirement for business students, a vital force in the nursing program, and a means to enrich the trade and technology courses. The support of the dean, both administratively and through time allocations, was essential to implement the course. To prepare the EV course, a grant was obtained from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund summer seminars for faculty, a community lecture series, quarterly visits from scholars, and library acquisitions. The EV course examines current topics in conjunction with readings in the areas of philosophy, literature, religion, and history and requires students to produce three papers and maintain a journal. In the classroom, self-confrontation and verbal discussion are emphasized, and critical thinking techniques are employed. Small group, collaborative learning techniques have helped to encourage the less involved students. The course begins with introductory books and essays on the nature of ethics, focusing on the five ethical traditions of duties, rights, utility, and virtue. The remainder of the course involves discussion of specific issues, such as sexual morality, abortion, euthanasia, nuclear war, and capital punishment, in an interdisciplinary fashion. Evaluations from the over 2000 students who take the course each year point to the overwhelming success of the course. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference for Community College Chairs, Deans, and Other Instructional Leaders (2nd, Phoenix, AZ, February 17-20, 1993).