LIS/PHI 280 - Global Ethics 3 credits; Offered spring
The course examines global economic disparities and disparities of power, and looks at alternative approaches to economic development. It uses the lens of global health and neglected tropical diseases to explore issues of poverty, the status of women, and global citizenship.
The emphasis is on actual engagement in global justice through an in-depth investigation of a particular health problem as it affects Africa south of the Sahara and through commitment to an aid agency of choice. No familiarity with basic ethical theories is presumed.
LIS/PHI 312 - Philosophy on Film 3 credits; Offered fall
Film, since its inception more than 100 years ago, has become both a hugely popular form of entertainment and has largely replaced the novel as the most readily accessible expression of popular philosophical concerns.
The title of this course is intentionally ambiguous: the course will be concerned with “philosophy on film” both in the sense of the philosophical issues raised in films and in the sense of what philosophy has to say about film. We will look at films and we will read about films and film.
Additionally, readings will include philosophy of the sorts raised in the films viewed. Along the way, students will encounter and attempt to give at least provisional answers to questions such as: Are films inherently philosophical? Are films more or less effective than written works for raising certain philosophical issues?
LIS/PHI 315 - Ethics 3 credits; Offered fall, alternate years ; Required of all philosophy majors Prerequisite: Two courses in philosophy or permission of the instructor
This course offers a philosophical inquiry into the nature and meaning of ethical values.
Classic and contemporary views of ethics will be studied.
LIS/PHI 320 - Political Philosophy 3 credits; Offered fall, alternate years Prerequisite: Two courses in philosophy or permission of the instructor
Students read selections from the classical political philosophies of Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, and Mill.
The focus is on the relation between politics and morality, the contemporary problems of democracy and the problem of achieving both wisdom and consent in government.
R-LIS 466 - Undergraduate Research 1–3 credits; Offered fall, spring, or summer Prerequisite: Department approval
This course offers an independent but directed collaborative course of study involving a specific research agenda in a liberal studies discipline under faculty supervision.
Research projects typically require a review of the literature, a paper developing and defending a hypothesis, and a poster or an oral presentation of the completed research project.