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FD-EET: Ethical & Evaluative Thinking

NOTE: Students who started taking classes at Northwestern in Spring 2023 or earlier should refer to the Area V: Ethics and Values page. The information below pertains to students who start at Northwestern after Spring 2023.

All human cultures have produced systems of thought and belief concerning ways of being in the world and relating to one another. Courses in this foundational area equip students to engage these systems and wrestle with central human questions. Courses explicitly consider questions concerning values or teach students to think within, appreciate the resources of, and critically reflect upon a particular tradition of thought. Completing this foundational area will help students recognize and reflect on ethical and evaluative questions, become aware of what standards they bring to bear in answering them, appreciate and respect their own and other cultural systems, and work through disagreements with others.

learning objectives

Courses in Ethics and Evaluative Thinking are designed to foster the intellectual autonomy students will need to thrive as thinkers and agents in an increasingly complex world.

Choosing courses

Many courses are in religion or philosophy, and others come from outside those disciplines. Their focus and organization vary, but all address important issues.

Approved Courses

Foundational Discipline - Ethical and Evaluative Thinking
Subject Number Title
ANTHRO 232-0 Myth and Symbolism
CLASSICS 370-0 Greek and Roman Religion
COMP_LIT 207-0 Introduction to Critical Theory (with PHIL 220-0)2
ENGLISH 220-0 The Bible as Literature (or may be applied to FD-LA)
ENGLISH 388-0 Studies in Literature and Ethics (or may be applied to FD-LA)
FRENCH 277-0 French Existentialism (or FD-LA)
GBL_HLTH 302-0 Global Bioethics2
GBL_HLTH 324-0 Volunteerism and the Ethics of Help2
GNDR_ST 233-0 Gender, Politics and Philosophy (with PHIL 221-0)2
GERMAN 234-1 Jews and Germans: An Intercultural History I (or may be applied to FD-LA)2
HISTORY 352-0 Global History of Death and Dying (or FD-HS)2
HUM 212-0 Humanities in the World III
HUM 325-5 Humanities in the Digital Age
HUM 370-5 Special Topics in the Humanities
ISEN 230-0 Climate Change and Sustainability: Ethical Dimensions (with PHIL 270-0)2
LEGAL_ST 308-0 Sociology of Law (with SOCIOL 318-0) (or may be applied to FD-SBS)1
LEGAL_ST 309-0 Political Theories of the Rule of Law (with POLI_SCI 309-0)
LEGAL_ST 350-0 Psychology and the Law (with PSYCH 340-0) (or may be applied to FD-SBS)1
PHIL 110-0 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 210-1 History of Philosophy - Ancient
PHIL 210-3 History of Philosophy - Early Modern
PHIL 216-0 Introduction to Pragmatism
PHIL 219-0 Introduction to Existentialism
PHIL 220-0 Introduction to Critical Theory (with COMP_LIT 207-0)2
PHIL 221-0 Gender, Politics, and Philosophy (with GNDR_ST 233-0)2
PHIL 222-0 Introduction to Africana Philosophy2
PHIL 224-0 Philosophy, Race, and Racism1
PHIL 240-0 Freedom and Responsibility
PHIL 254-0 Introduction to Philosophy of the Natural Sciences
PHIL 255-0 Theory of Knowledge
PHIL 260-0 Introduction to Moral Philosophy
PHIL 261-0 Introduction to Political Philosophy
PHIL 262-0 Ethical Problems and Public Issues1
PHIL 266-0 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 268-0 Ethics and the Environment
PHIL 269-0 Bioethics
PHIL 270-0 Climate Change and Sustainability: Economic and Ethical Dimensions (with ISEN 230-0)2
PHIL 273-1 The Brady Scholars Program: The Good Life
PHIL 273-2 The Brady Scholars Program: The Moral Life
PHIL 273-3 The Brady Scholars Program: The Good Society
POLI_SCI 303-0 Modernity and Its Discontents
POLI_SCI 304-0 Human Rights Between East and West2
POLI_SCI 307-0 Deportation Law and Politics1
POLI_SCI 309-0 Political Theories of the Rule of Law (with LEGAL_ST 309-0)
POLI_SCI 347-0 Ethics in International Relations2
PSYCH 340-0 Psychology and Law (with LEGAL_ST 350-0) (or may be applied to FD-SBS)1
RELIGION 210-0 Introduction to Buddhism
RELIGION 220-0 Introduction to Hebrew Bible
RELIGION 221-0 Introduction to the New Testament
RELIGION 309-0 Topics in Hinduism
RELIGION 316-0 Religion and the Body in China
RELIGION 345-0 Idea of Sainthood in Christianity
RELIGION 360-0 African American Religions (or FD-HS)2
RELIGION 374-0 Contemporary Religious Thought (or FD-LA)
SOCIOL 318-0 Sociology of Law (with LEGAL_ST 308-0) (or may be applied to FD-SBS)1

1 Also Overlay 1: U.S. Perspectives on Power, Justice, and Equity

2 Also Overlay 2: Global Perspectives on Power, Justice, and Equity

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