Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2023

Course Description

The purpose of this course is for students to become acquainted with literary narratives that we will study from ethical perspectives. Our emphasis will be on works in diverse genres by authors who invite us to contemplate contemporary ethical issues in such areas as disability, age, gender/sexuality, artificial intelligence, colonialism, and racism. This class is one of the gateway courses eligible to count toward the English major, but you don’t have to be an English major to take the class. We will be using a range of writing and discussion techniques to express ideas about the texts that we read. This is a course that will require active participation.

Student Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the definitions and ideas associated with “ethics” and recognize the significance of ethics in contemporary society.
  2. Engage critically with a range of contemporary literary works in diverse genres that invite discussion of important ethical issues.
  3. Develop proficiency in close reading, analytical writing, and intelligent discussion.
  4. Achieve a nuanced understanding of how to think carefully about ethical issues in daily life.