EGMT 1540 - Ethical Engagements

How should we relate to ourselves, others, and the world? What are the motivations, practices, and dispositions that constitute a good, meaningful, or successful life?

A general education should help you reflect upon and deliberate about your lives as ethical agents. Ethical engagement is inevitable––even ignoring conflict and controversy is itself an ethical decision. Throughout your life, you will encounter questions of right and wrong, liberty and obligation, justice and mercy; you will be responsible for whatever conception of the “good” you use to structure and orient your lives.  We will consider how to understand ethical reflection and practice while acknowledging that some differences on ethical questions are irreconcilable. Ethical Engagement Courses will help you: 

  • articulate, evaluate and respond to ethical questions;
  • reflect upon culturally- and historically-rooted ethical traditions, your own and those of others;
  • grapple with the structures of power within which ethical action and reflection occur;
  • recognize yourselves and your motivations as ethical agents within your communities and the broader world; and
  • consider what it means to live a good life.