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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

Instructor-based Focus Forms are submitted by individual instructors seeking an E-Focus designation for their course or section of a course. Thus, each person who is teaching a section of a course must submit his/her own proposal for approval. New courses satisfying the E-Focus requirements will receive a three (3) years approval period. Renewals will receive five (5) year approval period.


Course-based

Course-based Focus Forms are for disciplines with courses that inherently meet the E-Focus Hallmarks. If approved, all sections of the course will be offered as an E-Focus. The discipline must designate a Course Coordinator who will submit the application form to the Board. The Course Coordinator will ensure that all course instructors are aware of the E-Focus designation and teach the course in accordance with the Focus Hallmarks. Course Coordinator will report to the Board with a list of instructors teaching each semester. The course-based approval period is 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.


COURSE-BASED

Division

Course Alpha

Course Title

Effective Term

End Term

A&H

HWST 291 (Online & F2F)

Contemporary Hawaiian Issues

Summer 2020

Spring 2025

SS

POLS 110 (Online & F2F)

Intro to Political Science

Summer 2020

Spring 2025

INSTRUCTOR-BASED

Division

Course Alpha

Course Title

Instructor

Effective Term

End Term

A&H

ASAN 205

Contemporary Philippine Issues

W. Quintero

Summer 2020

Spring 2023

ENG 270

Intro to Literature: Literary History

M. Oishi

Spring 2020

Fall 2024

ENG 270

Intro to Literature: Literary History

S. Lum

Summer 2019

Spring 2022

ENG 271

Intro to Literature

M. Oishi

Summer 2018

Spring 2023

ENG 271           (Online)

Intro to Literature: Genre

M. Oishi

Spring 2020

Fall 2024

ENG 271           (Online)

Intro to Literature: Genre

S. Lum

Summer 2018

Spring 2021

ENG 272

Intro to Literature: Culture and Literature

M. Oishi

Spring 2019

Fall 2023

ENG 272H

Intro to Literature: Culture and Literature

M. Oishi

Spring 2019

Fall 2023

ENG 272H  (Online)

Intro to Literature: Culture and Literature

M. Oishi

Summer 2018

Spring 2021

ENG 272

Intro to Literature: Literature and Culture

S. Lum

Summer 2019

Spring 2024

HWST 280

Living with Kuleana: An Intro to Systems of Hawaiian Governance

J. Laimana

Summer 2019

Spring 2022

IS 250 HON

Leadership Development

J. Chernisky

Summer 2018

Spring 2023

PHIL 100        (Online)

Intro to Philosophy

S. Laycock

Spring 2020

Fall 2024

 

 

 

 

 

PHIL 100

Intro to Philosophy: Survey of Problems

J. Stroble

Spring 2019

Fall 2021

PHIL 100

Intro to Philosophy: Survey of Problems

S. Stegeman

Summer 2019

Spring 2024

PHIL 101

Intro to Philosophy: Morals & Society

J. Stroble

Spring 2019

Spring 2023

PHIL 101

Intro to Philosophy: Morals & Society

S. Stegeman

Summer 2019

Spring 2024

PHIL 102

Asian Traditions

S. Stegeman

Spring 2020

Fall 2022

REL 151

Religion and the Meaning of Existence

S. Laycock

Summer 2018

Spring 2023

REL 200        (Online)

Understanding the Old Testament

J. Sakashita

Spring 2020

Fall 2022

REL 201         (Online)

Understanding the New Testament

J. Sakashita

Spring 2020

Fall 2022

REL 202

Understanding Indian Religions

C. Walters

Spring 2019

Fall 2023

REL 207

Understanding Buddhism

S. Laycock

Summer 2018

Spring 2023

THEA  230

Storytelling & Solo Performance

L. Tan

Spring 2018

Fall 2020

BUS

BLAW 200

Legal Environment of Business

K. Kamaka

Summer 2020

Spring 2023

LA

ENG 200. (Online)

Composition II

C. Chang

Spring 2018

Fall 2020

ENG 200

Composition II

C. Chang

Summer 2018

Spring 2021

ENG 200. (Online)

Composition II

S. Waldman

Summer 2018

Spring 2021

ENG 200. (Hybrid)

Composition II

S. Waldman

Spring 2019

Fall 2021

ENG 200

Composition II

M. Lee

Summer 2019

Spring 2024

ENG 209 (Hybrid)

Business Writing

S. Waldman

Summer 2019

Spring 2022

ENG 209 (Online)

Business Writing

S. Waldman

Summer 2019

Spring 2022

M&S

ICS 170                             (Online)

Ethics for the Digital World

T. Akiyama

Spring 2019

Fall 2021

ICS 170   (Hybrid)

Ethics for the Digital World

T. Akiyama

Spring 2019

Fall 2021

SS

AMST 212

Contemporary American Global Issues

E. Kosasa

Spring 2018

Fall 2020

ED 290

Foundation of Education

J. Judd

Summer 2018

Spring 2023

ED 290    (Online)

Foundation of Education

J. Judd

Summer 2018

Spring 2023

HSERV 245

Group Counseling

G. Williams

Spring 2019

Fall 2023

HSER 245

Group Counseling

G. Jones

Spring 2018

Fall 2020

HSER 248

Case Management

G. Jones

Spring 2018

Fall 2020

SOC 151    (Online)

Intro to Sociology of Food

E. Brekke

Summer 2020

Spring 2023

SOC 151    (Hybrid)

Intro to Sociology of Food

E. Brekke

Spring 2020

Fall 2022

WS 151

Intro to Women's Studies

J. Bopp

Summer 2019

Spring 2022

WS 151   (Online)

Intro to Women's Studies

J. Bopp

Summer 2019

Spring 2022

St. Ser.

IS 107V

Student Leadership Concepts

L. Chou

Summer 2018

Spring 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Due Dates

For Spring 2019:

Priority Deadline: August 31, 2020

General Deadline: September 21, 2020


Board Members (as of Fall 2015)

Eiko Kosasa <ekosasa@hawaii.edu>, Chair

Luukia Archer <archer@hawaii.edu>, Vice Chair

 Ann Inoshita <ati@hawaii.edu>, Secretary

Corey Adler <cadler@hawaii.edu>

Daniela Dutra Elliot <ddutra@hawaii.edu>

                      Tina Lee <tinaplee@hawaii.edu>

Michael Scully <mscully@hawaii.edu>


Application Form

(The application form is also located at the bottom of this page.)



Note: The video includes key points on how to fill out the E Focus Application Form




          

YouTube Video


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Eiko Kosasa,
Feb 21, 2020, 7:43 PM
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Eiko Kosasa,
Feb 21, 2020, 7:43 PM