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Ethical Issues Focus


Beginning in Fall 2015, all incoming students will be required to complete one Contemporary Ethical Issues (E-Focus) course to graduate with an AA degree.  This E-Focus requirement directly addresses the ACCJC Accreditation Standard II requirement that students should demonstrate ethical reasoning skills among their academic competencies.


Evaluating the ethical implications of "hot" topics within diverse disciplines and academic areas is an excellent way to make abstract ideas come alive. Building ethical reasoning means that students will use the classroom environment to practice applying these ideas to specific work situations, actual market/economic conditions, real institutional environments, or particular socio-cultural relationships.  Ethical reasoning skills are critical to the development of effective professional, organizational, and community leadership.

The Hallmarks of Contemporary Ethical Issues


E1. Contemporary ethical issues will be presented and studied in a manner that is fully integrated into the main course content.

E2. The disciplinary approach(es) used in the class will give students tools for the development of responsible deliberation and ethical judgment.

E3. Students will achieve basic competency in analyzing and deliberating upon contemporary ethical issues, to help them make ethically determined judgments.

E4. The equivalent of one semester credit-hour, or 30% of a three-credit course, will be devoted to contemporary ethical issues.

E5. A minimum of 8 hours of class time will be spent in discussing contemporary ethical issues.

E6. The class will be numbered at the 100 level or above.


Be advised: all approved E-Focus courses from UH Manoa, UHWO, or any community college, will meet the LCC-E requirement. UH Manoa, however, also requires an upper division (300 or 400 level) E-Focus course.


How do I apply for the E Focus Designation?

Instructor-based

Approval is given to an instructor + course combination. Thus, each person who is teaching a section of a course must submit his/her own proposal for approval. Once approved, the course section(s) will be designated as satisfying the E-Focus requirement for three (3) years. At the end of the approval period, the designation can be renewed for five (5) years.



Existing Courses

If an existing course already addresses ethical issues within a specific field of study, the instructor should  apply for an E-Focus designation. Or if instructors are interested in enriching their course content to include discussion over ethical issues in the field, they should consider applying as well.


Instructors should submit the appropriate application form and sample syllabus to the Leeward Community College E-Focus Board. The board accepts applications each semester; the designation will take effect the following term.


The Board has two deadlines per semester: Priority and General.  Applications submitted before or by the Priority deadline date will receive an early review and opportunity to resubmit should it not meet E-Focus guidelines.  Applications submitted between the Priority deadline date and the General deadline date will not have not the opportunity to resubmit.


If the board determines a Priority application does not meet E-Focus guidelines, the application may be amended and resubmitted one time for reconsideration.


  • Inherency of Focus1 – All course syllabi demonstrate that the course meets the Hallmarks of the Focus designation requested, either because the Focus is inherently a part of the course content, or because the discipline has dictated that all sections of the course will meet the Focus Hallmarks.


1Notes on the "Inherency of Focus" criterion – (1) The course may meet the Hallmarks either because (a) course content dictates it or (b) discipline policy dictates it. (2) Courses that involve content relating to a Focus area but can be taught without meeting all of the Focus Hallmarks do not meet the inherency criterion. For example, a course may involve writing but provide little guided writing instruction. That course is not inherently Writing Intensive. (3) Courses for which one instructor has developed a syllabus that meets the Focus Hallmarks, but which other instructors can teach without meeting all of the Focus Hallmarks, do not meet the inherency criterion.


Approved Syllabi must include the following statement:


This course has a Contemporary Ethical Issues (E) Focus designation. Contemporary ethical issues are fully integrated into the main course material and will constitute at least 30% of the content. At least eight hours of class time will be spent discussing ethical issues. Through the use of lectures, discussions and assignments, students will develop competency in recognizing and analyzing ethical issues; responsibly deliberating on ethical issues; and making ethically determined judgments.


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Terms and Restrictions


  • For first time designees, the E-Focus designation will be given only for a 3-year period. Thereafter, renewals of the previously approved courses will last 5 years at a time.

  • Once given an E-focus designation, the course cannot have a Foundations designation.

  • The course carrying the E-Focus designation must meet the hallmarks each time the course is taught.



Division

Course Alpha

Course Title

Instructor

Effective Term

End Term

 

 

A & H

ASAN 205

Contemporary Philippine Issues

R. Liongson

Fall 2016

Summer 2019

 

ENG 270

Intro to Literature: Literary History

M. Oishi

Spring 2017

Fall 2019

 

ENG 271

Intro to Literature

M. Oishi

Fall 2015

Summer 2018

 

ENG 271

Intro to Literature: Genre (Online)

M. Oishi

Spring 2017

Fall 2019

 

ENG 272

Intro to Literature: Culture and Literature

M. Oishi

Spring 2016

Fall 2018

 

ENG 272H

Intro to Literature: Culture and Literature

M. Oishi

Spring 2016

Fall 2018

 

ENG 272

Intro to Literature: Literature and Culture

S. Lum

Fall 2016

Summer 2019

 

HWST 291

Contemporary Hawaiian Issues

G. Keli'ikuli

Fall 2017

Summer 2020

 

IS 250 HON

Leadership Development

J. Chernisky

Fall 2015

Summer 2018

 

PHIL 100

Intro to Philosophy: Survey of Problems

S. Stegeman

Fall 2015

Summer 2018

 

PHIL 100

Intro to Philosophy (Online)

s. Laycock

Spring 2017

Fall 2019

 

PHIL 101

Intro to Philosophy: Morals & Society

S. Stegeman

Fall 2015

Summer 2018

 

PHIL 101

Intro to Philosophy: Morals & Society

J. Stroble

Spring 2016

Fall 2018

 

PHIL 101

Intro to Philosophy: Morals & Society

G. Williamson

Spring 2016

Fall 2018

 

REL 151

Religion and the Meaning of Existence

S. Laycock

Fall 2015

Summer 2018

 

REL 200

Understanding the Old Testament

J. Sakashita

Fall 2015

Summer 2018

 

REL 201

Understanding the New Testament

J. Sakashita

Fall 2015

Summer 2018

 

REL 202

Understanding Indian Religions

C. Walters

Spring 2016

Fall 2018

 

REL 207

Understanding Buddhism

S. Laycock

Fall 2015

Summer 2018

 

THEA 230

Storytelling & Solo Performances

A. DeMoville

Spring 2017

Fall 2019

 

 

LA

ENG 200

Composition II

M. Lee

Spring 2016

Fall 2018

 

ENG 200

Composition

A. Brown

Spring 2017

Fall 2019

 

 

M&S

ICS 170

Ethics for the Digital World

P. Gross

Fall 2015

Summer 2018

 

ICS 170

Ethics for the Digital World (Online)

P. Gross

Spring 2016

Fall 2018

 

 

PAT

DMED 160

Media Literacy and Ethics

A. Haaruun

Spring 2016

Fall 2018

 

 

SS

ED 290

Foundation of Education

J. Judd

Fall 2015

Summer 2018

 

ED 290

Foundation of Education (Online)

J. Judd

Spring 2016

Fall 2018

 

HSERV 245

Group Counseling

G. Williams

Spring 2016

Fall 2018

POLS 110

Intro to Political Science

E. Kosasa

Fall 2015

Summer 2018

POLS 110

Intro to Political Science (Online)

E. Kosasa

Spring 2017

Fall 2019

POLS 110

Intro to Political Science

S. Iaukea

Fall 2016

Summer 2019

 

Due Dates

For Fall 2017:

Priority Deadline: August 28 , 2017

General Deadline: September 18, 2017


Board Members (as of Fall 2015)

Eiko Kosasa <ekosasa@hawaii.edu>, Chair

I-Chia Shih <shih@hawaii.edu>, Secretary

Luukia Archer <archer@hawaii.edu>

Daniela Dutra Elliot <ddutra@hawaii.edu>

Ayana Haaruun <haaruun@hawaii.edu>

                                                                                                Ann Inoshita <ati@hawaii.edu>

Shelley Ota <sota@hawaii.edu>

Michael Scully <mscully@hawaii.edu>


Application Form

(Located at the bottom of this page.)



Video: Some Key Points on how to fill out the E Focus Application Form




       

YouTube Video


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I-Chia Shih,
Feb 20, 2017, 2:16 AM