2011-2012 Selected Ethics Findings
Emerson College Ethics Curriculum (2011-2012)
- Emerson College offers both free-standing (12) and partial (68) ethics courses constituting about 10% of the overall curriculum.
- Free-standing ethics courses constitute 2% of the curriculum while partial ethics courses (as described in course catalogs) comprise 8%.
- The undergraduate program offers a much higher number (63U/22G) and somewhat higher per cent (11U/10G) of ethics courses than graduate courses. Only 1 per cent of graduate courses are free-standing courses compared to 2 per cent of undergraduate.
- The School of Communication (SOC) offers far more ethics courses (47 SOC/24 SOA/6 IN), free-standing ethics courses (8 SOC/4 SOA/0 IN) and partial ethics courses (39 SOC/20 SOA/6 IN) than the School of the Arts (SOA) and Institute (IN).
- All courses fulfilling the Ethics and Values Perspectives course requirement (6) are taught in the Department of Communication Studies (SOC) excepting one Honors course taught in the Institute.
- The academic units with the highest number and percentage of total (free-standing plus partial) ethics courses, ranked by per cent are Comm Studies (28/35%), Journalism (14/18%), VMA (19/26%) and Marketing (9/11%).
- Those with the lowest, if ranked by per cent, are the Institute (6/ 8%), WLP (5/ 6 %), CSD ( 4 / 5%), and PA (1 / 1%).
- Those academic units with the highest number and percentage of free-standing courses are CS (6/8%), JOUR (2/3% ), VMA (3/4%) and WLP (1/1%)
- The other four academic units – Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), Performing Arts (PA), Marketing Communication (MC) and the Institute (IN) -- do not have any free-standing ethics courses, unless the honors course taught in the Institute is counted.
- Almost all of the partial ethics courses (68) seem to focus upon applied ethics, whereas almost half (6) of the total (12) free-standing ethics classes describe a greater focus upon “pure” ethics (cf. moral philosophy).
NOTE: All findings based upon analyses of 2011-12 graduate and undergraduate course catalogs and faculty correspondence. Findings do not represent unreported and unlisted ethics instruction. See the 2011-12 Ethics Data for more information.