Updated Contemporary Moral Problems


Many colleges and universities offer a lower-level course on “contemporary moral problems” or “ethics and social issues.” These courses typically include topics like free speech, affirmative action, abortion, drugs, same-sex marriage, capital punishment, poverty, treatment of animals, and the environment—and have for several decades. While these are important topics, there are no doubt other, newer issues that would work well and perhaps better capture the attention of undergraduates. What newer topics are you thinking about incorporating into your contemporary moral problems course? And, if you know, which readings would you use for them?

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