Courses on Environmental Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Diversity & Justice, and Ethical Investing


“Environmental Ethics” (RG ST 156EE or INT 156EE)
Fall, 2015
Instructor:  Dr. Gregory Jarrett

Environmental ethics probes questions of both personal duty and global policy regarding impact on the natural world. Diverse theoretical and practical perspectives are brought to bear on topics such as climate change, sustainable economics, overpopulation, and the standing of nonhuman animals.

“Biomedical Ethics” (RG ST 156BE or INT 156BE)
Winter, 2016
Instructor: Gregory Jarrett

This course explores evolving and often troubling ethical questions surrounding the practice of medicine, medical research, and developing biotechnologies. The goal is to develop a responsible and universal set of moral principles to guide and evaluate our policies on issues such as health care rights, informed consent, HIV treatment, abortion, stem cell research, genetic enhancement, animal experimentation, and end of life care, including euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. Any students interested in applied ethics are welcome.  Prerequisites: Junior standing.

“Diversity & Justice” (RG ST 156DJ or INT 156DJ)
Spring, 2016
Instructor: Gregory Jarrett

This course explores contemporary theories of social justice, and how they apply to current issues of living in a diverse and multicultural society. Special emphasis is put on differences in race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. In addition to broad themes in justice, equality, racism, and oppression, the course also focuses on particular social topics such as free speech/hate speech, affirmative action, sexual violence, same-sex marriage, immigration, capital punishment, health care reform, abortion, and other pressing issues on which we disagree.

Gregory Jarrett received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Southern California. He teaches a wide range of courses in metaphysics, political and legal philosophy, and applied ethics. He also contributes to the UCSB Cognitive Science Interdisciplinary.

“Ethical Investing to Impact Social Change” (RG ST 190EI)
Spring, 2016
Instructor:  Mitchell Kauffman

Whether your passion is protecting the environment, fighting poverty, or promoting global health care, “Ethical Investing” can impact positive change. This course balances theory with actual case studies to show how profit incentives may be combined with social consciousness for a win-win outcome. Students will come away informed, inspired, and well-equipped to pursue a lifetime of championing social causes.

Mitchell Kauffman, who received his BA in Business Administration and Political Science from UCSB (Class of 1977), holds an MBA from the Drucker Management Center, Claremont Graduate University. He has also earned both a Masters of Science in Financial Planning and the Certification in Financial Planning. Managing principal of Kauffman Wealth Services, Mr. Kauffman has over 30 years of experience as an independent, nationally recognized financial manager who has often counseled clients on socially responsible and ethical impact investing, and has also played training and leadership roles in philanthropic capacity building efforts.