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Monday, May. 2, 2011 3:34 PM
A pet peeve for many students is the group project, in which--seemingly without fail--someone doesn't do his or her fair share of the work. This case study, part of the Center's Big Q project, invites students and the people who care about them to discuss the ethics of taking credit for the work of another. Best student comment of the week wins a $50 gift certificate.
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Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2011 11:16 AM
Study drugs, body image, suicide--these are some of the topics student videographers addressed for The Big Q contest, which will award $500 to the best entry on ethical issues confronting undergraduates. Vote now for your favorite.
Monday, Apr. 18, 2011 11:19 AM
A college student must decide what to do when her roommate begins showing signs of an eating disorder in this week's ethical case study on The Big Q.
The Big Q is a social media campaign to involve students and the people who care about them in reflecting on the big ethical questions in the life of undergraduates.
Monday, Apr. 11, 2011 2:42 PM
A "Fresh off the Boat" theme party on campus is the subject of this week's Big Q, an online dialog about ethical questions for students and the people who care about them. Are costumes with coolie hats and buck teeth racist?
Join the conversation on The Big Q blog. Best student response this week wins a $50 gift certificate.
Friday, Apr. 8, 2011 1:06 PM
A student looks at the ethics of suicide in Memories, an entry in the Ethics Center's Big Q Video Contest for films on the big ethical questions in students' lives.
The deadline for submissions to the contest has been extended until April 18. Finalists are determined by "likes." The winner, selected by a panel of students and staff at the Ethics Center, receives $500.
Monday, Apr. 4, 2011 4:23 PM
Two students have been involved in a casual sexual relationship in the case study "Friends With Benefits." One tries to break the relationship off, but after attending a party together, the two once again end up in bed. Who is responsible?
This case study is part of The Big Q, a project to engage college students in discussion of the ethical issues in their own lives. The best student comment each week wins $50.
Friday, Apr. 1, 2011 5:03 PM
As part of Santa Clara City Library's Big Read Project, the University's California Legacy Project hosts a series of events on Jack London's Call of the Wild. The Ethics Center and the University's de Saisset Museum will co-sponsor one event in that series, "Echoes, Ethics, and the Wild," April 14 at noon in the museum. The event features dramatic readings from and ethical reflections on the book.
The Big Read gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 31 selections from U.S. and world literature. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. Support for The Big Read has been provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Boeing Company, the Poetry Foundation, and the Ford Motor Company.
Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2011 4:21 PM
Weigh in on the limits of free speech on a college campus. The Center's Big Q project looks at the case of two students arguing about an anti-gay marriage poster. Best student response to the case wins $50.
Monday, Mar. 14, 2011 4:12 PM
A video contest ($500 prize), blog, polls, and more are part of The Big Q, a social media campagn designed as a place for students and the people who care about them to talk about the ethical issues undergraduates face in their own lives.
The video contest, open from March 11-April 11, is seeking 2-5 minute videos from undergraduates that highlight one of the Big Qs in college. Examples might be: To cheat or not to cheat? Is there anything wrong with friends with benefits? Is it okay to take Adderall to study?
Beginning March 28, The Big Q blog will post a case each week drawn from narratives collected from 130 students at universities across the country about an ethical decision they faced in their own college experience. A weekly poll will be tied to the case and will give students a chance to see how others approach the issues.
Students can also share their own big questions on the project's Facebook wall.
Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 9:55 AM
The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics made the following awards of Hackworth Research Grants to Santa Clara Unversity faculty and students:
Thomas Plante, SCU Psychology, $5,000 for a project called, "Ten Years of Crisis: What the Catholic Church Has Learned and Done to Prevent Clergy Sex Abuse Since Dallas." Professor Plante has already published extensively on the ethical and psychological dimensions of the sexual abuse crisis within the Catholic Church in the United States. His new project, which will feature a conference at SCU and a book that is already under contract, will explore the response to the crisis, which exploded in Boston in 2002 and which has reverberated throughout the Catholic Church since.
Laura Robinson, SCU Sociology, $5,000 for a project called, "The Ethical Implications of Politicized Victimhood: Moral Accounting and Spheres of Moral Concern." Professor Robinson will be using the grant to complete her book manuscript, "Negotiating 9/11." In that work, she examines the "ethical implications of politicizing victimhood by analyzing competing conceptions of worthy and unworthy victimhood articulated in response to September 11, 2001, and the Iraq War." She compares such competing conceptions by analyzing a huge body of data from the United States, France, and Brazil.
James Caparas-Hardwick, SCU School of Law, $1,000 for a project called "Who is Responsible for the Elderly: A Cross-Cultural Comparison." Mr. Hardwick will be using the grant to help allay costs associated with a trip to El Salvador with other law students and Professor Cynthia Mertens. While there, he will be speaking with Salvadoran lawyers and caregivers who work with the elderly. His paper will compare the legal regimen governing responsibility for the elderly in El Salvador with that in the United States.
Cheri Kramer, SCU School of Law, $500 for a project called "Legal and Ethical Considerations on the Use of Targeted Killing Outside of War." Ms. Kramer will use the grant money for materials and costs related to a trip to Washington, D.C., to interview key federal officials on the legal and ethical questions associated with the deliberate killing of alleged terrorists by agents of the United States Government in a context, as prevails in the world today, where in legal terms it is debatable if a state of war exists. Ms. Kramer is working with Professor David Sloss of the SCU School of Law faculty.
Danielle Locklar, SCU '11, Kelli Oura, SCU '11, and Lauren Reinnoldt, SCU '11, $1,000 for support for the ethics section of a project called "New Design for Haiti." As senior civil engineering students, Ms. Locklar, Ms. Oura, and Ms. Reinnoldt are working with Professor Reynaud Serrette on a Senior Design Project to devise a durable, low-cost single-family home for use in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating January 2010 earthquake. In particular, the grant money will be used to support the work of the team on the required ethics component of the Senior Design Project; in this part of the project, students are to justify in ethical terms why they are engaging in their particular project and to explain such things as the moral reasoning behind trade-offs they encounter in the course of construction or the selection of supplies or the scaling of the project for future use.