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UF 200 Themes

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All sections of UF 200: Foundations of Ethics & Diversity fit within the common theme, “with liberty and justice for all.”  In addition, all sections have a similar workload and focus on building student skills in the same areas: writing, ethics, diversity, and civic engagement. However, since our faculty come from a variety of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, each instructor explores our common theme in a different way, bringing unique expertise and perspective to teaching and learning about ethics, diversity, and civic engagement.


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Julia BroderickCourse theme: Understanding Social Problems and Exploring the Value of Education. How can you make a difference in the world? This course will explore ethics, diversity, and social problems happening around the world and locally (such as racism, sexism, and ableism) with a focus on the power of education.
Stephanie CapaldoThe study of sustainable communities requires a close review of ethical dilemmas, citizen engagement, and diverse social and cultural experiences. In this course, we will explore the critical ethical questions inherent in why we sustain, the centrality of citizen engagement in how we sustain, and the significance of diversity in what we sustain and for whom.
Karen CoeIn this course, we will investigate the ethical treatment of oppressed groups in society by analyzing how our own cultural and ethical frameworks influence the way we view and treat others. The overarching question guiding our study is: “What can I do as a member of this society to be more ethical in my treatment of diverse populations.”
Elizabeth CookWinston Churchill once stated, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” This course melds moral philosophy, memoir, and storytelling as we examine moral courage through the lens of the veteran’s experience. Students will create independent field studies that draw on community engagement, the BSU Veteran’s Services Center and make use of Albertson Library’s Special Archives and the Vietnam Experience Collection.
Greg Heinzman This class addresses the question “What can we do as citizens in a diverse democracy to creatively address human rights issues?" A civic engagement project assisting refugees will encourage personal connections with a global community.
Sarah HoglundThis class will examine ethics by considering issues related to collective memory, remembrance, and forgetting. We will explore our relationship with the past, how our personal and collective memories evolve over time, and how memory and memorialization function both socially and politically.
Elizabeth HuntWe will approach issues of ethics, diversity, and civic engagement through the lens of "Museums in Society." The class will visit various museums and consider the roles they play in their communities. For example, we will look at how museums develop their collections, frame knowledge, impact local audiences, and raise ethical questions about traditional artistic practices.
Kristina JensenUsing the institution of the United States military, and the civic engagements/ethical dilemmas of those who serve in the military as a backdrop, students will explore issues of ethics and diversity through a sociological lens. Topics will include: the diversity of reasons people join the military and the diverse demographics of those who serve; the ethical dilemmas soldiers face during war and peace time; the institutional ethics of the military holistically; the ethics surrounding the treatment and release of the military veteran; and the impact of the military on civilians.
Jared (Dane) JohnsIn this course we will explore issues of ethics and diversity as represented in graphic novels. Comic books were some of the first media to seriously examine racial issues, drug use, government overreach, the sexualization and objectification of people, violence, and the power of people to make positive and substantive changes to the world. We will look at fictional depictions of these issues and use them to analyze the world around us.
Janet Kaufman Students in this course will investigate their own identities, relationships, and ethical responsibilities by reading and creating short letters, poems, essays, videos, and podcasts. We will examine the "I, You, and We" of the work we read and create.
Chris KloverUsing the idea that safety is the right of every person, we will study the ethical and civic issues that result from lack of safety for diverse populations. As a learner-centered instructor, I provide opportunities for students to discover and process ideas and information about issues with global implications.
Raymond KrohnThis section of UF 200 explores how the rhetoric of individual natural rights that proliferated during the Age of Enlightenment evolved into universal human-rights thinking over the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Special attention will be given to the rights-oriented ideologies, discourses, and movements that emerged on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and the ways in which past peoples reflected on and wrote about justice and injustice.
Megan LevadAre humans part of the natural world? What is our responsibility to it, and through its stewardship, to one another? In this section of UF 200 we focus on questions which fall at the intersections of racial, economic, and environmental justice, applying commonly-used ethical theories to our evaluation of community environmental problems and solutions.
Tom LobaughFor centuries, global religions have practiced hospitality as way to identify their community by defining relationships with strangers. Through in-depth studies of ancient religious acts of being guest, host, alien, and friend you will discover your own personal understanding and responsibility of welcoming others in a selfie world.
Palina LouangkethThe 21st century presents unique challenges and an evolving world that invites rapid changes with each generation. This online course will engage students in research, discussions, and projects on emerging topics connected to different sets of values and societal norms across the world. Students will learn skills and tools to navigate the reality of the world as a borderless, complex environment that requires transformational thinkers and doers with high levels of emotional and cultural intelligence.
John McGuireWe live in an interconnected world, and global knowledge is important in today's classroom and workplace. In this class, we will study the ethical problems raised by different forms of oppression through a global lens.
Beret NormanThrough the varying lenses of hip hop—including street art, rap music and poetry, we will examine issues of ethics, diversity, empowerment, and self-expression from society’s “margins.” Interactive instruction includes 3 or more hours of community engagement, discussion, and presentations.
Corinna Provant-RobishawWe live in an interconnected world, and global knowledge is important in today's classroom and workplace. In this class, we will study the ethical problems raised by different forms of oppression through a global lens.
Matthew ReclaUF 200 provides a unique opportunity to think about the way you view and interact with the world in conjunction with your peers. Essentially, it asks (1) What do you believe?, (2) Why do you believe it?, and (3) What are you going to do about it? You'll explore multiple ethical frameworks in light of contemporary ethical dilemmas, consider your social context in comparison with diverse others, and address the implications of living your values in the world. This section draws on insights from the disciplines of History, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Psychology, among others.
Robert ReedWhat causes global inequality? Why do some nations have more wealth than others, and what should we do about it? This class looks at global poverty and asks what ethical responsibilities individuals and governments have in addressing it.
Kathleen RoseWhat does it mean to be an engaged citizen in our society? First, you need to know yourself and understand the social systems that have influenced you. Second, you need to really “see” other people: how they can enrich your life and how you can support them in theirs. In this course you will have an opportunity to do a multi-media project about your own intersectionality and also an ethnography that explores a group where you are an outsider.
Refik SadikovicThis online section asks students to examine the importance of building diverse and inclusive communities. Students will apply principles of civic responsibility to issues and policies raised by diverse populations (refugees, immigrants, etc.) by doing an “In-Depth Interview” civic engagement project.
Margaret SassIntercultural knowledge and competence is important in today’s classroom and workplace. We will be exploring intercultural openness, intercultural curiosity, and intercultural empathy through different mediums, such as group presentations and the creation of an illustrated cultural diversity book for elementary students.
Tiffany Seeley-Case This intentionally online course will analyze the communication potential and peril of the internet as we look at issues of access, privacy, corporate control, and governmental regulation while, at the same time, we work to recognize our own culpability and potential to affect positive, and much needed, change.
Carrie SeymourUsing theoretical ideas from the fields of philosophy, cultural anthropology, and sociology, we will explore the moral and ethical implications of the labels and stereotypes surrounding “acceptable” social traits. After looking at various “deviant” categories, and studying the social codes and contexts that inform the perception of those categories, we will then examine the penal system in America as a case study.
Elizabeth SwearingenHow can ethics be a vehicle for social change? This course explores how institutional policies and practices are lived by diverse populations through ethical frameworks, critical reflection, case studies, evidence based research, and collaborative civic-engagement projects.
Tom TurcoStudents will examine what "equality and justice for all" means in relation to various public health issues. In addition to asking questions about health equity and environmental justice, we will learn how to conduct Health Impact Assessments, a tool used to address and mitigate the negative health impacts of proposed developments.
Revital ZilonkaIn this course we will explore the ethics of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the workplace through lenses of Gender, Race, Class, and Disability. The course will feature compelling texts, videos, activities, and discussions that will help us understand ethical concepts and relate them to personal, professional, and social responsibility. We will also explore the meaning of inclusive behaviors and the importance of intersectionality. By the end of the semester, students will be able to articulate preliminary guidelines for ethical conduct that are informed by knowledge, thoughtfulness, and a sense of responsibility.