JPE 600 and 610

Additional sessions will be added throughout the year. Scroll down or click on a course/session title for details.

JPE 600 Course

JPE 600 introduces students to the foundations of ethical reflection in which they will engage throughout the course of their graduate careers. Working within an interdisciplinary context, after participation in this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe and give examples of ethical reasoning in daily life;
  • Differentiate ethical issues from issues of law, regulation, or policy;
  • Identify, assess, and address ethical issues as they arise in the context of research, scholarship, and teaching;
  • Locate resources (local, institutional, regional, and national) for enhancing and preserving scholarly integrity through research, scholarship, and teaching.

JPE 610: Educational Sessions, Spring 2018

Events are added to the table below as information becomes available. Check back often for updates and new opportunities.






April 5 / 4:30pm Cannon Chapel (Candler School of Theology) Lift Every Voice: MLK and James Weldon Johnson

Looking back 50 years to 1968 and 100 years to 1918, what can we hear today about race and democracy from these two seminal leaders?

Feb 22 / 4:30-6pm Auditorium - Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Bldg. Black-Latinx solidarities

This event will focus on historical and contemporary coalition building in struggles for racial justice, as well as inter-community tensions.

Registration is required to attend. Click here.

Feb 22 / 5:30pm White Hall 206 The role of science in policy This seminar will explore the role scientists play in the public policy making process. Discussion will include: the ways in which scientific results are/can/should be presented to policy makers, the type of policies science may or may not inform, whether science compels action, and how to recognize when one is a scientist and one is a citizen.
Feb 12  White Hall 207 Shakespeare behind bars: A screening and conversation with former inmate and actor Sammie Byron.
  • Actor and former inmate Sammie Byron

Shakespeare behind bars: A screening and conversation with former inmate and actor Sammie Byron.

  • Screening at 4pm
  • Discussion at 5:30pm
Feb 13 / 2-3:30pm Oxford Presentation Room (Oxford Rd. Bldg.) Why is doing good science so hard? Dr. Ray Dingledine Description: “good science” = answering important questions convincingly. The ‘answering” part demands good experimental design, which builds in appropriate statistics and methods for avoiding bias. Statistics is largely a technical skill that most can master with sufficient motivation. However, inherent biases that we all bring to the bench are more insidious and difficult to overcome. Drawing from my own experience and the Nobel-winning work of Daniel Kahneman, Amos Tversky & Richard Thayer, this session will explore, experimentally, a variety of biases that stand in the way of good science, and will also touch on Bayesian statistics. 
Jan 29 / 3pm Center for Ethics - Room 102 The future now NEEDS...ethical design of intelligent robots Presented as part of the Neurotechologies and Emerging Ethical Dilemmas series.