Theories and Applications in Contemporary Ethics

CEED 6100 (3 Credits)
May 22-24, 2018
Rose Hill Campus

Course Description
This intensive three-day graduate level course is designed to provide cross-disciplinary perspectives on moral theory and applied ethics. Using a team-teaching approach, this course brings together faculty from at least six different disciplines to provide foundational knowledge about moral theory with contemporary applications. In addition to seminars on foundations in various disciplines, the course features lectures and case discussions on issues of current social importance. Each day of the three-day course, one pair of faculty lead the curriculum, providing foundational knowledge about their field in the morning and discussing ethical applications in the afternoon.

Breakout sessions are used to discuss cases and generate presentations for the group.

Group presentations are made and discussed among students and faculty.

Participating Faculty

The cross-disciplinary lectures and discussions are facilitated by Fordham faculty members and outside professionals in relevant disciplines. This six-faculty team taught course includes faculty from the humanities and applied disciplines who are paired to provide both foundational moral theory instruction relevant to their discipline and an ethics application or case. Faculty are rotated each year.

This course is open to all graduate students and to select seniors. Enrollment is limited and students who intend to register are encouraged to do so as soon as registration opens. Students may register using CRN number 21387 (course is listed on the spring 2017 schedule), or contact Dr. Bryan Pilkington, Director of Academic Programs, Center for Ethics Education at bpilkington1@fordham.edu, 718-817-0128.

Course requirements include:

  • a mastery of the reading materials
  • active participation
  • topic-oriented thought papers during the three-day workshop
  • a post-workshop paper and presentation integrating the course material

Faculty, course content and readings for the May 2018 course will be provided on this website by the first week in April.

2017 Course Schedule and Participating Faculty

Schedule 

In the morning, foundational lectures for each discipline are presented, followed by lunch (provided) with faculty. In the afternoon, faculty present a special topic (see below for this year's special topics), followed by a breakout groups session and discussion.

Day 1: Foundations in Philosophy and Communication. Special Topic “Communicating Across the Gap between Us”
Day 2: Foundations in Theology and Legal Theory. Special Topic “Difficult Decision-Making in Light of Theology and the Law” 
Day 3: Foundations in Political Science and Sociology. Special Topic “Female Genital Cutting: Political Science and Sociological Perspectives"

Faculty

2016 Course Schedule and Participating Faculty

 

Schedule 

In the morning, foundational lectures for each discipline are presented, followed by lunch (provided) with faculty. In the afternoon, faculty present a special topic (see below for this year's special topics), followed by a breakout groups session and discussion.

Day 1: Foundations in Professional Ethics and Sociology. Special Topic "Moral Stress and Responsibilities toward Vulnerable Populations"
Day 2: Foundations in Biology and Theology. Special Topic  "Environmental Ethics: Theological and Scientific Perspectives" 
Day 3: Foundations in Philosophy and Theology. Special Topic "Philosophical and Economic Frameworks on Inequalities and Disparities". 

Faculty

2015 Course Schedule and Participating Faculty

Schedule

In the morning, foundational lectures for each discipline are presented, followed by lunch (provided) with faculty. In the afternoon, faculty present a special topic (see below for this year's special topics), followed by a breakout groups session and discussion.

Day 1: Foundations in Philosophy. Special Topic "Border Crossings and Immigrant Detention in the US and Europe: Ethical, Political, and Comparative Considerations"

Day 2: Foundations in Bioethics. Special Topic: "The Ethics of Genetic Testing"

Day 3: Foundations in Psychology. Special Topic: “Moral Obligations to LGBT Youth: Theological and Clinical Perspectives”

2015 Participating Faculty

Annika Hinze, PhD
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Michael Baur, PhD, JD
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Instructor, Law School, Fordham University

Patrick Hornbeck, PhD
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Theology

Adam Fried, PhD
Assistant Director, Center for Ethics Education; Director, Master's in Ethics and Society

Elizabeth Yuko, PhD, LLM
Program Administrator, Fordham HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute; Senior Editor, Ethics and Society Blog

Jason Morris, PhD
Associate Professor of Natural Sciences

2014 Course Schedule and Participating Faculty

Schedule

In the morning, foundational lectures for each discipline are presented, followed by lunch (provided) with faculty. In the afternoon, faculty present a special topic (see below for this year's special topics), followed by a breakout groups session and discussion.

Day 1: Philosophy & Business. Special Topic: "The Ethics of Business and the Business of Ethics"

Day 2: Law & Theology. Special Topic: "Legal and Catholic Social Thought Perspectives on Intellectual Property"

Day 3: Biomedical & Psychology. Special Topic: "Adolescent Autonomy and Consent Considerations for Treatment and Research"

2014 Participating Faculty

Michael Baur, PhD, JD

Barbara Andolsen, PhD, Applied Christian Ethics,

Zachary Slates, JD, Fordham University

Margaret Andover, PhD, Psychology

Naomi Dreisinger, MD, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center

2013 Course Schedule and Participating Faculty

Schedule

In the morning, foundational lectures for each discipline are presented, followed by lunch (provided) with faculty. In the afternoon, faculty present a special topic (see below for this year's special topics), followed by a breakout groups session and discussion.

Day 1: Theology & Natural Science. Special Topic: "What Can Science and Theology Tell Us about Personhood?"

Day 2: Philosophy & Economics. Special Topic: "Markets, Morals, and the Just Distribution of Resources: Ethical Perspectives from Economics and Philosophy"

Day 3: Sociology & Psychology. Cultural Competence: "What's Cultural about Ethics? Case Discussions and Applications"

2013 Participating Faculty

Michael Baur, PhD, JD,
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Instructor, Law School, Fordham University

Charles Camosy, PhD,
Associate Professor of Theology, Fordham University

Winnie Kung, PhD, Social Work

Doyle McCarthy, PhD, Fordham University

Jason Morris, PhD,
Associate Professor of Biology, Fordham College at Lincoln Center

Troy Tassier, PhD
Associate Professor of Economic, Fordham University

2012 Course Schedule and Participating Faculty

Schedule

In the morning, foundational lectures for each discipline are presented, followed by lunch (provided) with faculty. In the afternoon, faculty present a special topic (see below for this year's special topics), followed by a breakout groups session and discussion.

Day 1: Theology & Natural Science. Special Topic: "What Can Science and Theology Tell Us about Personhood?"

Day 2: Philosophy & Economics. Special Topic: "Markets, Morals, and the Just Distribution of Resources: Ethical Perspectives from Economics and Philosophy"

Day 3: Sociology & Psychology. Cultural Competence: "What's Cultural about Ethics? Case Discussions and Applications"

2012 Participating Faculty

The cross-disciplinary lectures and discussions will be facilitated by the following faculty members:

Barbara Hilkert Andolsen, PhD, Theology
Michael Baur, PhD, JD, Philosophy
Aimee Cox, PhD, African American Studies
Adam Fried, PhD, Psychology
Nicholas Tampio, PhD, Political Science
Lance Strate, PhD, Communication and Media Studies

2011 Course Schedule and Participating Faculty

Schedule

In the morning, foundational lectures for each discipline are presented, followed by lunch (provided) with faculty. In the afternoon, faculty present a special topic (see below for this year's special topics), followed by a breakout groups session and discussion.

Day 1: Philosophy & Sociology Questions. Special Topic: "The Moral and Legal Rights of Pregnant Women: Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives"

Day 2: Christian Ethics & Business. Special Topic: "Catholic and Business Approaches to Theories of Corporate Social Responsibility"

Day 3: Juvenile Justice & Law. Special Topic: "Psychological and Legal Perspectives on Criminal Responsibility and Juvenile Justice Policy"

2011 Participating Faculty

The cross-disciplinary lectures and discussions will be facilitated by the following faculty members:

Miguel Alzola, PhD, Law and Ethics

Barbara Andolsen, PhD, Applied Christian Ethics

Michael Baur, PhD, JD, Philosophy

Michael Corriero, JD

Keith Cruise, PhD, Psychology

Jeanne Flavin, PhD, Sociology

2010 Course Schedule and Participating Faculty

Schedule

In the morning, foundational lectures for each discipline are presented, followed by lunch (provided) with faculty. In the afternoon, faculty present a special topic (see below for this year's special topics), followed by a breakout groups session and discussion.

Day 1:  Philosophy & Medical Ethics. Special Topic: "Health Care Decisions: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives"

Day 2: Theology & Communications. Special Topic: "Media Uses and Abuses: Ethical Perspectives from Theology and Communication Studies"

Day 3:  Health Psychology & Conservation Biology. Special Topic: "Science and the Precautionary Principle in Conservation and Environmental Health Policy"

2010 Participating Faculty

The cross-disciplinary lectures and discussions will be facilitated by the following faculty members:

Robin Andersen, PhD, Communications and Media Study
Michael Baur, PhD, JD
J. Alan Clark, PhD, Biology
Celia B. Fisher, PhD, Psychology
Christine Firer Hinze, PhD, Theology 
Richard Stumacher, MD, St. Barnabas Hospital

2009 Course Schedule and Participating Faculty

Schedule

In the morning, foundational lectures for each discipline are presented, followed by lunch (provided) with faculty. In the afternoon, faculty present a special topic (see below for this year's special topics), followed by a breakout groups session and discussion.

Day 1: Moral Philosophy & Computer Science. Special Topic: " Decision-making Machines: Privacy, Artificial Intelligence and the Computer-mediated Society"

Day 2: Moral Theology & Economics. Special Topic: "Global Markets and the Marginalized: Can Ethics and Economics Converge?"

Day 3: Moral Psychology & History. Special Topic: "When Cultural Assumptions Cause Harm: A Case for Cultural Competency"

2009 Participating Faculty

Michael Baur, PhD, JD
Christine Firer Hinze, PhD, Theology
Damian Lyons, PhD, Computer Science
S. Beth Penry, PhD, History
Monica Rivera-Mindt, PhD, Philosophy
Booi Themeli, PhD, Economics

2008 Course Schedule and Participating Faculty

Schedule

In the morning, foundational lectures for each discipline are presented, followed by lunch (provided) with faculty.  In the afternoon, faculty present a special topic (see below for this year's special topics), followed by a breakout groups session and discussion.

Day 1: Moral Philosophy & Biological Sciences. Special Topic:  "Killing and Letting Die: Ethical Issues at the Boundaries of Human Life"

Day 2: Moral Theology & Economics. Special Topic: "What is Enough? Can Ethics and Economics Reunite?"

Day 3:  Ethics & Mental Health. Special Topic: " Ethical Dilemmas involving Vulnerable Research Participants"

2008 Participating Faculty

The cross-disciplinary lectures and discussions will be facilitated by the following faculty members:

Michael Baur
, PhD, JD
Mary Beth Combs, PhD, Economics
Celia B. Fisher, PhD, Psychology
Adam Fried, PhD, Psychology
Masaaki Hamaguchi, PhD, Biological Science
Christine Firer Hinze, PhD, Theology