Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

2010-11 Ethics Data

Research in Progress
(based upon data from 2010–11 course catalogs and faculty communication)

  Number Percent
1. Emerson Listed Courses 769 100
2. Emerson Ethics Courses (Lines 3+4) 835 11
3. Courses with Ethics in the Title 13 2
4. Courses with Ethics Explicit Content in Course Descriptions 70 9
5. Total Number of Academic Units (Department/Institute) 8 100
6. Number of Units 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
4 50
12. Number of Units with ≥ 5% of Courses with Explicit Ethics Content in the Course Description
7 88
Total Courses (Undergraduate) Number Percent
1. Undergraduate courses listed 555 100
2. Courses with "ethics" in the title 11 2
3. Courses with explicit ethics content
(in course or faculty description)
53 10
4. Total "ethics" courses (Lines 2+3) 64 12
Total Courses (Graduate)
1. Graduate courses listed* 214 100
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)
17 8
3a. Courses with explicit ethics* content
(if 500 level courses included)
21 10
4. Total "ethics courses" (Lines 2+3)* 19 9
4a. Total "ethics courses" if 500 level courses are included
(Lines 2a+3a)
24 12

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


Departmental and School Undergraduate Ethics Offerings 2010–11

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 (1%)
      Undergraduate 117 0 (0%) 1 (2%)
      Graduate 28 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
Visual & Media Arts
142 3 (23%)
17 (24%)
      Undergraduate 116 2 (15%) 14 (20%)
      Graduate 26 1 (8%) 4 (6%)
Writing, Literature & Publishing
115
2 (15%)
6 (9%)
      Undergraduate 69 1 (8%) 2 (3%)
      Graduate 46 1 (8%) 4 (6%)
School of the Arts (Subtotal)
402 5 (38%)
24 (34%)
      Undergraduate 302 3 (23%) 17 (24%)
      Graduate 100 2 (15%) 7 (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
92 0 (0%)
5 (7%)
      Undergraduate 54 0 (0%) 4 (6%)
      Graduate 38 0 (0%) 1 (1%)
Communication Studies
81 6 (46%)
21 (30%)
      Undergraduate 54 6 (46%) 16 (23%)
      Graduate 27 0 (0%) 5 (7%)
Journalism
73
3 (23%)
10 (15%)
      Undergraduate 56 2 (15%) 6 (9%)
      Graduate 17 1 (8%) 4 (6%)
Marketing Communication
60 0 (0%)
9 (13%)
      Undergraduate 28 0 (0%) 5 (7%)
      Graduate 32 0 (0%) 4 (6%)
School of Communication (Subtotal)
306 9 (69%)
45 (65%)
      Undergraduate 192 8 (61%) 31 (45%)
      Graduate 114 1 (8%) 14 (20%)


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%)
6 (9%)
      Undergraduate 61 0 (0%) 6 (9%)
      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 on 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 and VMA graduate student E.J. Massa, September–November 2010)