UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science


Ethics, Values, and Society (CEVS)

Blain Neufeld, Associate Professor in Philosophy, Coordinator
CRT 635, (414) 229-4719, neufeld@uwm.edu

The Certificate in Ethics, Values, and Society is an academic program that enables undergraduates to combine their study of ethics, politics, and social justice across disciplines and areas of study in the university. In particular, the Certificate enables students to combine (a) more practical and applied inquiries into ethical and social/political issues (perhaps pursued in the student's major) with (b) grounding in the theoretical foundations of such inquiries. The grounding in the main theories of ethics and political philosophy provided in the Foundational Philosophy Courses in the Certificate will add depth and richness to the student's studies in other, more applied and content-specific classes.

Certificate courses are organized around five themes with which most of the courses can be associated. Students are encouraged (not required) to select their Certificate courses with a thematic focus in mind:

1. Institutions: This theme concerns questions of ethics and justice in political, economic, legal, educational, and other institutions. Issues regarding international justice and human rights are also covered by this theme.

2. Culture and Identity: This theme explores and critiques conceptions of ethics and justice in relation to issues of culture and identity, including issues concerning class, race, gender, and sexual orientation.

3. Environment: This theme covers the just distribution and use of environmental resources, as well as the ethical treatment of non-human animals.

4. Health: This theme covers the just distribution and use of health resources, problems in bioethics, and related issues.

5. Information Ethics: This theme examines ethical issues regarding media and the use of information technology.

Program Eligibility

The Certificate in Ethics, Values, and Society is meant to enhance a bachelor's degree. The certificate is available to all students seeking a bachelor's degree from UWM and to students who previously have received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university. 
Program Requirements

To obtain the certificate, the student must complete, with a minimum grade point average of 2.500, at least 18 credits (at least 6 courses) in approved CEVS courses, of which at least 12 credits must be in Letters and Science courses, with 6 of those at the 300 level or above. At least 12 credits must be earned in residence at UWM, and at least 9 of the credits taken in residence must be at the 300 level or above. No more than 12 credits from any one department may count toward the certificate. Courses for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit bases. The following are required:

A. Foundational Philosophy Courses (6 credits):  Select one course from each of the following sequences:

(A) Ethics

Philos 241

Introductory Ethics

Philos 341

Modern Ethical Theories        

Philos 349

Great Moral Philosophers

(B) Social/Political Philosophy

Philos 242

Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy

Philos 355

Political Philosophy

Philos 384

The Philosophy of Law

B. Electives (9 credits; at least 3 courses): Select from among the following courses that focus substantially on themes of ethics, value, justice, and the like.

Africology 261 

Survey of African American Political Philosophy

Africology 265 

The Psychological Effects of Racism

Africology 329: 

Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in Africa

Africology 341: 

Black Politics and City Government

Africology 351:  

Sexuality, Gender, and Health in Africa and the Diaspora

Africology 416:

Race and Social Justice in the United States

Anthro 440 

Medical Anthropology

Anthro 104

Lifeways in Different Cultures

CompLit 230

Literature and Society: (w/appropriate subtitle)

CompLit 232

Literature and Politics: (w/appropriate subtitle)

CompLit 309

Great Works of Modern Literature: (w/appropriate subtitle)

CompLit 350

Topics in Comparative Literature: (w/appropriate subtitle)

CompLit 360

Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: (w/appropriate subtitle)

CompLit 464 

Seminar in Comparative Literary Criticism

Econ 328

Environmental Economics

Ed Pol 501

Advanced Community Organizing

Geog 309

Nationalities and Nations

Geog 400

Population, Environment, and Development

Geog 464

Environmental Problems

Geog 564

Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice

Global 361

Environment and Sustainability

InfoSt 120

Information Technology Ethics

InfoSt 661

Ethics and the Information Society

Italian 258

Contemporary Italian Society and Culture

Italian 357

Topics in Italian Culture in Translation: (w/appropriate subtitle)

JAMS 361

Media Ethics

JAMS 381

Honor's Seminar: "Controlling Dissent" subtitle

Jewish/Hebr St 261

Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images

Jewish 321

The Holocaust and the Politics of Memory

Jewish/Hebr St 368 

Responses to the Holocaust

Jewish 449

Modern Jewish Thought

Philos 235

Philosophical Aspects of Feminism

Philos 237

Technology, Values, and Society

Philos 243

Moral Problems

Philos 244

Ethical Problems in Healthcare

Philos 337

Environmental Ethics

Philos 435


Philos 535

Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory

Philos 542

Punishment and Responsibility

Philos 562 

Special Topics in Ethics and Political Philosophy

Sociol 450

Environmental Sociology

Trnsltn 411

Ethics and Procedures in Interpreting

WGS 150

Multicultural America

WGS 200

Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: Social Science Perspective

WGS 201

Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: An Humanities Perspective

WGS 300

Gender and Spirituality

WGS 301

Queer Theory

WGS 302

Gendered Bodies

WGS 303

Feminist Activism and Movements

WGS 401

Global Feminism

WGS 410

Feminist Theory

C. Capstone (3 credits): The capstone requirement is fulfilled through a 500-600 level undergraduate seminar focused on issues of ethics, value, and/or social justice. An appropriate seminar will be offered in the Philosophy Department at least once per academic year. 

Awarding the Certificate

Students currently involved in baccalaureate studies who successfully complete the requirements of the program will be awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree will receive the certificate upon completion of the program requirements.



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