Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

“Justice Matters” Course and Graduate Certificate in Ethics

Posted: 11/14/2016 (Local Events)

This Winter Quarter, JUSTICE MATTERS aims to introduce graduate and professional students from a wide range of backgrounds to some central moral questions about social structures and institutions. Discussion will center on issues of justice, broadly construed as the basic virtue of social institutions. In particular, the course will ask what it is to treat people as equals, and consider different answers to this question as proposed by (for example) utilitarians, liberals, libertarians, socialists and communitarians.  It will also illustrate the relevance of justice to various areas of social life, such as poverty, health care, human rights and global climate change. The course serves as a core course for the Graduate Certificate in Ethics (see below), but is also regularly taken independently.


The UW Graduate Certificate in Ethics aims to facilitate graduate research in ethics as it arises across the disciplines. The program is designed to provide students with the necessary groundwork for pursuing ethics scholarship as it relates to their field of study. The curriculum is designed to accommodate diverse student interests and to facilitate cross-disciplinary conversations and scholarship. It welcomes applications to the Graduate Certificate in Ethics from graduate students across the university community. Visit the Certificate home page for more information.

The Graduate Certificate in Ethics is offered through the Program on Values in Society (POV) at the University of Washington. The program is dedicated to research, teaching, and outreach on ethical issues that arise across the disciplines. It is committed to facilitating the multidisciplinary collaboration that is essential to finding practical and insightful responses to today’s myriad moral problems. Members of the core faculty are currently working on a variety of issues, including global climate change; immigration and international justice; justice in health care; and medical practice and disability rights.

Please feel free to email ponvins@uw.edu with any questions about the program.

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