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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2003

ANS 304 • Ethics: Asian Perspectives

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
27515 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
UTC 4.110

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the varieties of moral values and beliefs that have guided behavior and thought in traditional and contemporary East and South Asian societies. The course will focus on a comparison of ethics and morality, as they are experienced and expressed in cultural context, both among Asian societies and between particular Asian societies and the West. We will explore issues such as terrorism, organ transplantation, abortion, ecology, euthanasia, and how war and killing are understood and justified on the basis of ethical concepts. We will also explore notions of business ethics as they are expressed in Asia and the West. Central to the course is a concern with how culture influences the formation of values and how these values influence ideas about human rights in Asian societies. Case studies will be used to work through ethical problems by teams of students who will analyze case studies and then debate the main issues.

Grading Policy

Debate/presentation project 30% Mid-term exams 30% each Final exam 40%


Gosling, David L. Religion and Ecology in India and South East Asia De Bary, William Theodore. Asian Values and Human Rights: A Confucian Communitarian Perspective LaFleur, William. Liquid Life: Abortion and Buddhism in Japan Brockopp, Jonathan. Islamic Ethics of Life: Abortion, War, and Euthanasia


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