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Ethics Reading Courses at DePauw

Take a deep dive into ethics, one book at a time

Call for Fall 2018 Ethics Reading Course Proposals

In Fall 2018, the Prindle Institute will continue to sponsor 1/4-credit reading courses on special topics in ethics. We invite faculty to submit proposals to teach one of these courses. Below you'll find an overview of the course, a proposal submission form, and details concerning the compensation for preparing and teaching the courses. 

Prindle Reading Courses on Selected Topics in Ethics:

Each course will allow faculty members and their students to read and discuss a single work that enhances their understanding of the field of ethics or some ethical issue. Our goal is to provide a compelling way for students to incorporate an ethics component into their curricular goals.

DePauw students will have the opportunity to take multiple (different) sections of this course and be challenged to grapple with ethical issues throughout their time at DePauw.

We hope this provides faculty members with an easy way to explore the ethical dimensions of their discipline in a way that might fit into their busy schedules. Faculty members should also see this as an opportunity to pilot modules that might fit into the courses they regularly teach, or become the basis of an entirely new course.

We invite faculty members from any discipline to propose a course. Overload compensation and a summer term stipend for course development will be provided by the Prindle Institute. 

Course Information:

  • The ideal course would be a reading/discussion group that revolved around a single book. 

  • The required course work should be reasonable given that it’s a ¼ credit, but should have enough rigor to warrant receiving a grade (e.g. some written assignments, or other projects). 

  • Courses will be capped at 10 students each.

  • Meetings can take place on campus or at Prindle. (Any needed transportation to and from the Institute will be arranged by Prindle).

  • Each course will meet for approximately 90 minutes per week for a total of 8 weeks. Courses will meet in the first 8 weeks of the semester.

  • Courses will be listed under the University Studies course - UNIV 291: Prindle Selected Topics in Ethics


  • Faculty members will receive $700 for the development of the course over the summer term.

  • Faculty members will receive a course overload stipend of $950 during the semester they teach the course. Faculty members may elect to receive non-monetary compensation (e.g. a corresponding teaching underload) in lieu of a stipend.

Proposals will be accepted until Thursday, February 1st at 3pm. Faculty members will be notified by Monday, February 5th of our decisions.

If the submission form embedded below does not work, please use this link to fill out your proposal form:

Submission Form: