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UF 200: Foundations of Ethics & Diversity

What do All UF 200 Courses Have in Common?

Ethics guide how we ought to live, and we live in a diverse society with other individuals and groups. UF 200 courses help students investigate how we practice our ethics together as engaged citizens creating an inclusive community.

Although individual instructors use different examples, case studies, and course topics (or themes) to guide student exploration, each UF 200 course challenges students to inquire into key ethical ideas and values together, giving equal voice to all who are committed to the public good.


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Course TopicCourse Description
EthDiv & Moral ProblemsIn this course section, we begin by thinking through familiar moral codes and problems like "What is right or wrong about eating meat? What is to be a good friend?" and work up to deeper questions about what we mean at all by right and wrong, bad and good, and what the main types of ethical frameworks are and how they may guide us. We shall then focus our moral inquiries on issues of citizenship and immigration, race and gender, and the historical dynamics of power, which we will study at both theoretical and cultural levels.
EthDiv & Food in the USWe will investigate how the concepts of ethics, diversity and human rights apply to the specific issue of food access, quality, safety and production. In short, we will examine how food is produced and distributed in the United States and the ethics behind the American food industry and workforce. Through an analysis of food, we will encounter other major ethical debates in modern American life. In addition, we will analyze the meaning of the term "diversity" as it applies to American food workers and consumers.
EthDiv & Moral CourageWinston 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 section melds moral philosophy, eastern and western traditions, creative non-fiction, and personal reflection to examine moral courage and the role in plays in our identity as well as our vocation.
EthDiv & CensorshipCensorship often affects what, how, and why we read certain texts, watch certain films, listen to a specific type of music, search the Internet in a specific way, and believe in what we believe. This course section will focus on the censorship of literary texts, films, and music while examining the civic and ethical foundations of censorship cases in the United States.
EthDiv & SustainabilitySustainable communities take on the very difficult challenge of attempting to weigh and balance environmental health, economic security, social equity, and cultural heritage. In this course section, we will explore the critical ethical questions inherent in why we sustain, the significance of diversity in what we sustain and for whom, and the centrality of civic virtue, citizen engagement, civil discourse, discipline expertise, and intellectual humility in how we sustain.
EthDiv & Memory/DesireWhat if there was a time and place where groups of people with differing ideologies lived harmoniously side-by-side, blending their cultures to create one of the most artistically intriguing periods in human history? What could this teach us? In this course section we will seek answers to these questions by visiting pivotal moments in the 700-year long period of Moorish rule in Spain and exploring the theory of "La Convivencia," which proposes that Muslims, Jews, and Christians co-existed for centuries in relative peace. By considering how past peoples reflected on matters of ethics and diversity, we will better understand and appreciate the significance of these concepts in the present.
EthDiv in Graphic NovelsIn this course section, 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 in the world around them. We will look at fictional depictions of these issues and use them to analyze the world around us.
EthDiv & Social ProblemsIn this course section, we will investigate social problems through the lens of ethics, diversity, and inclusion. Understanding our places and influences in the world, we will practice rhetorical sensitivity and critical thinking. Communication and empathy are pillars of this class, as is group work and individual reflection. Topics we will explore include and are not limited to feminism, masculinity, diversity and inclusion, abilities, leadership, and stratification.
EthDiv in Sports Film/LitWhat can we learn about ethics, diverse experiences, and cultural stories in sports, films, and literature? At the heart of exploring ethics, diversity, and story is exploring the human experience. To broaden our understanding of ourselves and others, in this course section we will study frameworks for ethical decision-making, ways of knowing, and ways of considering others' experiences by listening to their stories. We'll read and watch sports stories as prisms through which to study these concepts, and we'll use these concepts as prisms to see sports stories.
EthDiv & Tough ChoicesIn this course, we will investigate tough choices and the banality of inactivity, specifically addressing the question, "How does a citizen of a global society make good choices, when 'good' potentially means so many things to so many people?" You will make many choices in your life; this course provides frameworks and practice for exploring that process.
EthDiv & Higher EducationIn this course section, we will read, discuss and write about diversity and the role of higher education in diversity literacy. The essential questions of this course are: Why does the university require me to take UF200? Should the university require courses like this one for all majors? What are the consequences and benefits of mandating a course on ethics and diversity? How does higher education influence diversity, racism, and bias? How does diversity, racism and bias influence higher education?
EthDiv & TechnologyIn this course section, we will examine multiple ethical frameworks for thinking about and examining technology, invention, and innovation, seeking to better understand how the objects that permeate our modern world shape and guide our relationships to power and one another. We will not only look at how technology inscribes the various institutions and rules that govern modern society, but also examine your own role in supporting or resisting these structures.
EthDiv & BelongingIn this course section, we will investigate ethics and diversity through the lenses of critical theories of identity and belonging. We will use those lenses to examine two cases from north American history: the Salem witch hunt and U.S. internment during WWII (focusing on the Alaskan internment camps). Students will also engage in their own exploration of identity and belonging by studying a case of their own selection. The course will use non-standard texts, such as podcasts, TEDtalks, and visual mediums, to better understand what it means to "belong" in a specific space and time.
EthDiv & The American DreamWe will investigate ethics and diversity by examining the American Dream. Engaging with ethical frameworks behind the American Dream will encourage such questions such as: Is the Dream attainable and equitable for all? Is it an ideal, fantasy, or nightmare? We will examine who had access to the Dream, consider where we currently are as Dreamers, and what should be changed moving forward.
EthDiv & ConspiracyBy developing and examining your own code of ethics, metacognition, and informational lens to the world, this course section approaches both the history and current state of misinformation and conspiracism to help you break free of their potentially dangerous effects. In doing so, you will be encouraged to engage with information more ethically and learn the importance of diverse viewpoints for a broader, more inclusive, and in-depth understanding of your world.
EthDiv & Refugee CrisisThis course section will use human displacement and the global refugee crisis as topics of discussion and exploration. These issues are present in the Boise community, the United States, and worldwide. We will use the core concept of displacement to examine complex ethical, societal, and economic relationships. Who has access, and who is denied access and why?
EthDiv Refugee/ImmigrantIn this course section, we will explore the concepts of ethics and diversity from a wide range of contexts connected to ethical issues refugees/immigrants face in the United States and around the world. Also, we will explore, in a systematic manner, connections among race-ethnicity, class, and gender, and will examine issues of privilege and difference in U.S. society. Students and the course professor together will explore questions such as: How are values and ethics established in individuals and society? What are some helpful approaches to ethical questions?
EthDiv & The Common GoodEthics and Diversity, the topics of this class, are taking center stage in our world. It goes without saying that we are living through a time of uncertainty and upheaval in private and public life. Let's think of this semester as part of our journey through this time, one that offers us space to reflect and find new ways toward conversation that helps us understand and contribute to the common good. We arrive at this conversation with our complex identities, and are shaped by and contribute to society. So in this course section we'll seek insight into how our identities and ethical actions intersect--and how courageous conversation can help us turn toward each other.
EthDiv & HospitalityFor centuries global religions have practiced hospitality as a way to identify their community by defining relationships with others. In this course section, through in-depth studies of ancient religious texts and stories of being guest, host, other, and friend, you will examine your understanding and responsibility for welcoming others in this 21st century global context.
EthDiv & MemoryThis course section will examine issues of ethics and diversity specifically through questions of how we relate to the past, how our personal and collective memories evolve over time, and how memory and memorialization function both socially and politically. We use our discussions of memory as a way of understanding ethical issues, diversity, and systems of inequality.
EthDiv & CommunityThis course section focuses on how stakeholders with diverse perspectives, formed by their cultural identities and ethical standards, can impact an oppressed community. We will answer the question: "How do different cultural and ethical perspectives impact how and/or whether stakeholders (individuals, groups, organizations, governments, corporations) will respond to the systems of inequality that lead to a lack of safety, justice, and equitable opportunity for oppressed communities?"
EthDiv Beyond "Two Sides"This course section uses a variety of readings, activities, and inquiry-based projects to go beyond binary, "two sides" thinking and discover creative, authentic, inclusive solutions to community problems.
EthDiv & RelationshipsIn this course section, we will investigate a theme that connects to students' personal experiences, yet also has communal and cultural significance: human relationships in the modern world. Who are you? Where are you from? What guides your beliefs, decisions, and actions? How do you treat others? What is the best way to live in a community? When we better understand the forces that shape our values and choices, we can go forward in the world with more awareness, empathy, and consideration.
EthDiv & Global KnowledgeLiving in an interconnected world, global knowledge is important in today's classroom and workplace. In this course section, we will examine new meanings and perspectives about ourselves and the world we live in. We will explore ideas through ethical frameworks and diverse perspectives to reach solutions about complex global issues. Students will engage the real-time, relevant challenges of civic and community life, as citizens of our local/global communities.
EthDiv & FolkloreIn this course, we will investigate issues related to ethics and diversity through the lens of folklore and fairy tales from around the world. Some of the questions we will explore are: how do fairy tales convey personal and social conflicts? Moral and ethical dilemmas? In what ways can these stories inspire us to produce creative solutions to complex issues such as gender, class, and cultural identity?
EthDiv & DevianceUsing ideas from philosophy, cultural anthropology, and sociology, this course section will explore the moral and ethical implications of how labels and stereotypes perpetuate outmoded or limited ideas about the nature of "acceptable" social traits and behaviors throughout the world. By looking at various "deviant" categories, and studying the social codes and contexts that inform the perception of those categories, we will then look at how the penal system in America is a case study of how those perceptions play out for 2.26 million people every day.
EthDiv & Human RightsWe will investigate how the concepts of ethics, diversity and civic engagement pertain to human rights. We examine the role of responsible and inviting communication in breaking down barriers that inhibit some people from accessing human rights through three topics of study: race, class and the criminal justice system; fast fashion and environmental ethics; and accessibility for people with disabilities. Students conclude the semester by applying learning about responsible and inviting communication to advocate for a human rights issue.
EthDiv & "The Passions"This course section examines the various ways that religion and ethics manifest in historical and contemporary contexts, specifically when dealing with the phenomena of "the passions." This course section will focus on the interaction of Religion and Ethics through systems which are often considered both ethical and religious. Further analysis of these systems will play out in reading John Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat.
EthDiv & Harry PotterIn this course section, we will investigate issues related to ethics and diversity. We will use the Harry Potter story as a way to discuss and learn about these topics together. This course will address how the account of Harry Potter contributes to the understanding of complex issues such as ethics, gender, race, class, with a particular emphasis on social justice and human rights.
EthDiv & PluralityIn this course section, we will investigate ethical frameworks and concepts related to diversity. The thematic focus of the course will be on "precarity" as a way to understand our human relationships to others and "plurality" as a way of understanding belonging to the world. Both of these concepts reflect how the grounds of our existence include relations with others that shape both how we see ourselves and how our view and treatment of others affect both those others and ourselves.
EthDiv & Telling Stories[Rafiki hits Simba on the head with his stick]
Adult Simba: Ow! Jeez, what was that for?
Rafiki: It doesn't matter. It's in the past. [laughs]
Adult Simba: Yeah, but it still hurts.

Why, yes, that is from Lion King. This idea will connect with some of the other ideas we think about in this class. Is anyone responsible for history? Does history still influence us? If so, why? How? What do we do about that? In this course section we will explore personal histories and community histories and think about how we tell our stories. Because that how matters.
EthDiv & Hip-Hop/ArtIn this course section, we will investigate ethics and diversity through the lenses of Hip Hop music and Street Art. Some questions may be: How does Street Art reflect or reject a community's values? In what ways does Hip Hop/rap music examine ethical dilemmas? We will also examine how Hip Hop music and Street Art address issues of racial justice, including Black Lives Matter.
EthDiv & Social InequalityIn this course section, we will investigate how the concepts of ethics and diversity apply to the issue of social inequality in the world today. The first part of this course addresses the theoretical foundation and application of critical theory. After we provide a theoretical lens for understanding social injustice and inequality, we then begin to investigate various topics of inequality. Special emphasis is given to the following topics of social inequality: social class, globalization, race and ethnicity, gender, and education.