Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

2009-2010 Ethics Data

Research in Progress
(based upon Undergraduate and Graduate course catalogs and submitted faculty course summaries)

  Number Percent
1. Emerson Listed Courses 747 100
2. Emerson Ethics Courses (Lines 3+4) 75 10
3. Courses with Ethics in the Title 13 2
4. Courses with Ethics Explicit Content in Course Descriptions 62 8
5. Total Number of Academic Units (Department/Institute) 8 100
6. Number of Unites Offering Courses with Ethics in the Title 4 50
7. Number of Units Offering Courses with Ethics Content in Course Description 8 100
8. Number of Units with ≥ 10% of Courses with Ethics in the Title 0 0
9. Number of Units with ≥ 5% of Courses with Ethics in the Title
1 13
10. Number of Units with ≥ 2% of Courses with Ethics in the Title
4 50
11. Number of Units with ≥ 10% of Courses with Explicit Ethics Content in the Course Description
3 38
12. Number of Units with ≥ 5% of Courses with Explicit Ethics Content in the Course Description
4 50
13. Number of Units with ≥ 2% of Courses with Explicit Ethics Content in the Course Description
7 88
Total Courses (Undergraduate) Number Percent
1. Undergraduate courses listed 537 100
2. Courses with "ethics" in the title 11 2
3. Courses with explicit ethics content
(in course or faculty description)
47 91
4. Total "ethics" courses (Lines 2+3) 58 11
Total Courses (Graduate)
1. Graduate courses listed* 210 100
2. Courses with "ethics" in title 2 1
2a. Courses with "ethics" in title (if 500 level courses included) 3 2
3. Courses with explicit ethics* content
(in course or faculty description)
15 7
3a. Courses with explicit ethics* content
(if 500 level courses included)
19 9
4. Total "ethics courses" (Lines 2+3)* 17 8
4a. Total "ethics courses" if 500 level courses are included
(Lines 2a+3a)
22 11

*Not including 500 level courses already counted as undergraduate courses.


Departmental and School Undergraduate Ethics Offerings 2009–2010

School of the Arts

Department Total School and Dept Catalog Courses Number (Percent) of Emerson Ethics Title Courses Number (Percent) of Emerson Ethics Description Courses
Performing Arts
145
0 (0%)
1 (2%)
      Undergraduate 115 0 (0%) 1 (2%)
      Graduate 30 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
Visual & Media Arts
139 3 (21%)
17 (26%)
      Undergraduate 113 2 (14%) 14 (20%)
      Graduate 26 1 (7%) 3 (5%)
Writing, Literature & Publishing
116
2 (14%)
5 (8%)
      Undergraduate 69 1 (7%) 2 (3%)
      Graduate 47 1 (7%) 3 (5%)
School of the Arts (Subtotal)
400 5 (36%)
23 (36%)
      Undergraduate 297 3 (21%) 17 (25%)
      Graduate 103 2 (14%) 6 (10%)


School of Communication

Department Total School and Dept Catalog Courses Number (Percent) of Emerson Ethics Title Courses Number (Percent) of Emerson Ethics Description Courses
Communication Science & Disorders
82 0 (0%)
3 (5%)
      Undergraduate 44 0 (0%) 2 (3%)
      Graduate 38 0 (0%) 1 (2%)
Communication Studies
73 6 (43%)
16 (24%)
      Undergraduate 52 6 (43%) 12 (18%)
      Graduate 21 0 (0%) 4 (6%)
Journalism
73
3 (21%)
11 (17%)
      Undergraduate 56 2 (14%) 7 (11%)
      Graduate 17 1 (7%) 4 (6%)
Marketing Communication
58 0 (0%)
7 (11%)
      Undergraduate 27 0 (0%) 4 (6%)
      Graduate 31 0 (0%) 3 (5%)
School of Communication (Subtotal)
286 9 (64%)
37 (58%)
      Undergraduate 179 8 (57%) 25 (39%)
      Graduate 107 1 (7%) 12 (19%)


Department
Total School and Dept Catalog Courses Number (Percent) of Emerson Ethics Title Courses Number (Percent) of Emerson Ethics Description Courses
Institute 61 0 (0%)
5 (8%)
      Undergraduate 61 0 (0%) 5 (8%)
      Graduate 0 0 (0%) 0 (0%)

General Education

There are eight undergraduate courses that count as ethics and values perspectives courses as one of Emerson College's general education requirements. Seven of these (88%) are taught within the Communication Studies department, six (75%) of which are listed as PH (philosophy) courses and one (13%) as PO (political communication). One (13%) ethics and values perspective course is taught as an Honors course within the Institute. Thus, with the exception of the one Honors course, all Ethics and Values Perspectives courses are currently taught within the School of Communication.

NOTE ON METHODS: All data above is based upon the current undergraduate and graduate catalogs as well as input about courses by participating faculty. This is draft data and most numbers (other than percentages) are likely to be lower than the actual number of ethics courses being taught since some faculty have not participated and, of these, some may be teaching ethics modules or segments within their classes without so indicating within their course descriptions. Courses in development and being piloted are not included. Data regarding "free standing" courses with the word "ethics " in their titles should reveal a high degree of accuracy.

(Data compiled by Dr. Tom Cooper, September–December 2009)