Students in the Ethics Stream enrol in two Trinity One seminar courses and a co-requisite:
TRN170Y - Ethics and the Creative Imagination
A woman in a moment of crisis can save only one of her two children. What should she do? This ethical issue arose for a woman in the tsunami disaster of December 2004. Ethical issues frequently involve conflicts. What should we do if we face a conflict between love and duty? Or between family and self? This seminar course explores ethical issues through the study of works of the creative imagination that pose or provoke questions of right and wrong, good and evil, justice and injustice. The selected works will be drawn from such fields as literature, film, and the visual and performing arts.
TRN171Y - Ethics and the Public Sphere
Is it morally legitimate for a state to intervene in another state for humanitarian reasons? This is an ethical problem in contemporary international relations. This seminar course studies a selection of influential texts that have examined issues in the public sphere from ethical perspectives. It also explores a selection of these issues themselves, such as humanitarian intervention, war crimes, human rights, genetic engineering, corporate responsibility, private vice and public virtue, and “the tragedy of the commons.”
A first-year full credit in English, Philosophy or Political Science; or a course taken with the permission of the Director.