Contemporary Moral Issues

Dr. Lawrence Jablecki is your guide to analyze and evaluate some of the most disputed moral issues in contemporary American culture.

Lady Justice statue holding scales of justice and sword

The cardinal objective of the course is to stimulate you to analyze and evaluate the opposing viewpoints of some scholars who have expressed their views on some of the most disputed moral issues in contemporary American culture. Specifically, the required readings for the class focus on abortion, the death penalty, euthanasia, world hunger and poverty, sexual morality, drugs and addiction and affirmative action. The course requirements include two 6-8 page essays, a 15-20 page research paper and a presentation to the class on the subject of the research paper.


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MLSC 526 Lawrence Jablecki On-campus 6:15-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Instructor: Lawrence Jablecki

Lawrence Jablecki, Ph.D., is a part-time lecturer in sociology at Rice University, where he teaches courses on criminology, the criminal justice system and the theory and practice of punishment. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where he teaches humanities courses to prison inmates. Dr. Jablecki has written numerous articles in the fields of criminology and philosophy that have been published in professional journals plus articles for most of the major newspapers in Texas. Several of his articles have been reprinted in criminal justice textbooks. Dr. Jablecki was also director of the Brazoria County Adult Probation Department for 18 years. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from Manchester University in Manchester, England.

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Sept. 05, 2017

End Date: Nov. 14, 2017

Schedule: 6:15-9:30 p.m.

Length: Eleven Tuesdays

Location: Rice campus

Note: This course was offered in Fall 2017 as part of the Graduate Liberal Studies program. Please select VIEW CURRENT OFFERINGS to see similar classes offered by the Graduate Liberal Studies program.