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Ethics Bowl

The 2014-15 SCU Ethics Bowl Team placed in the top 10 in the National Competition.

Ethics Bowl is a team-based competition consisting of debate over a wide range of complex and pressing ethical issues. Topics include business and professional ethics, personal relationships, and social and political affairs.

Teams of 3 to 5 offer their moral analysis on the case at hand, and judges evaluate the debate based on ethical analysis and logical rigor.

The Santa Clara University Ethics team competes in the California Regional of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) and is sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the Department of Philosophy.  Other schools in the region are: UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, USC, San Jose State, Cabrillo College, National Hispanic University, Santa Barbara Community College, Azusa Pacific University, CSU-Chico, and Golden West College. The California Regional is held annually in December, which serves as the qualifier for the National Tournament held in February.

Participants enroll in the PHIL 180 course, which is a 5-unit class that fulfills the following requirements: Philosophy Applied Ethics requirement or Upper Division Philosophy elective; Civic Engagement; and the Applied Ethics Pathway.

The Santa Clara University Ethics Bowl team is coached by Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Erick Ramirez, Assistant Director of Campus Ethics Programs and Adjunct Professor of Engineering, Brian Green, and Business Ethics Program Coordinator Patrick Coutermarsh.

For more information on joining or supporting the team, please email