Ethics Minor Capstone

The ethics minor requires an experiential, reflective, and academic integrative component. In this capstone, students must identify, reflect upon, and analyze the ethical issues and dimensions of an experiential project. This experiential project may be connected to another course on campus, an experiential requirement in the student's major, or may involve a non-curricular internship, service-project,  community engagement, or employment. The model for this component would be a 1 credit internship involving xxx hours of work in the field. But, projects of many sorts that have clearly identified experiential components would be acceptable.

This experiential work should result in identification and reflection upon multiple ways in which the experience engages or raises ethical issues. There should be substantial connections that can be identified between the experience and ethics: these connections should be concrete and not merely abstract. As a result of this reflection, the student should be able to identify ethical issues  that require some analysis and study.

At this point, the student will meet with the advisor to design a short course of reading and study to enrich their understanding of these ethical issues. This will usually involve a 1 credit independent study/capstone that results in a 10-12 page paper.

In this paper, the student should describe how these ethical issues were concretely raised in their experiential learning, clarify the issues and analyze them on the basis of their reading, and connect their analysis and reflection to the question—what is to be done? How will their increased understanding of the ethical dimensions of this work affect them in their future work or career?

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify ethical issues within some work or endeavor.
  • Reflect on the experience from the perspective of ethical concerns and issues.
  • Clarify ethical issues through independent reading and study.
  • Connect analysis of ethical issues back to action by understanding the consequences for such work or endeavors of their acquired ethical insights.
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