An ethics and public policy case-based seminar that proceeds from the premise that the patterned mal-distribution of mortality rates is a conspicuous consequence and hence robust measure of social injustice. Four distinct cases are addressed from philosophical, ethical and policy perspectives: criminal justice, assisted dying, gun control, and military service.

Pedagogy includes discussion, exams, digital field-work, and service-learning.

Fulfills AR general education requirement.






Michelle Alexander.


The New Jim Crow:

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness


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Robert Orfali (2011)

Death with Dignity: The case for legalizing Physician-Assisted Dying and Euthanasia








Glenn Beck (2013)

Control: Exposing the Truth about Guns


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Douglas L. Kriner and Francis X. Shen (2010)

The Casualty Gap:

The Causes and Consequences of American Wartime Inequalities