Ideals and Values

(Revised 7/2013)

10. Ideals and Values (3 semester hours). Ideals and values have usually been determined by long-standing traditions and fixed social practices. In our modern world, the interaction of different cultures, movement from place to place, electronic media, and the rapidity of change, even within a given society, have combined to generate new constellations of ideals and hard choices among values.

Courses meeting the ideals and values requirement inquire into some specific sphere of human value (e.g. moral, religious, intellectual, aesthetic, environmental, etc.). In these courses students are encouraged to reflect upon fundamental ideals and values, their own and others, and the sources from which those value orientations derive. Such inquiry demands the development of the critical skills which help students identifying the assumptions and ramifications of value structures. It also requires consideration of approaches by which value systems are constructed, justified, and applied, especially in regard to the personal, societal, and in some cases cross-cultural contexts.

Students may complete this 3-hour requirement by passing any course listed below. Students who take approved CU-Boulder course work to fulfill this requirement must take the course for a letter grade and receive a passing grade of D- or higher.

  • ARSC/NRLN 2000-3 Constructions of Knowledge in the Academy and Beyond
  • CLAS/PHIL 2610-3 Paganism to Christianity
  • CWCV 2000-3 The Western Tradition
  • ENGL 3310/JWST 3312-3 The Bible as Literature (formerly ENGL/JWST 3312)
  • ENVS/PHIL 3140-3 Environmental Ethics
  • FARR 2510/FILM 2613-3 Exploring Good and Evil Through Film (formerly FARR/FILM 2510)
  • FARR 2660/HONR 2250-3 The Ethics of Ambition
  • FARR 2820-3 The Future of Spaceship Earth
  • FREN 4860-3 War, Trauma and Memory (formerly FREN 4000)
  • GRMN/HUMN 1701-3 Nature and Environment in German Literature and Thought
  • GRMN/JWST 2502-3 Representing the Holocaust
  • GRMN 2603-3 Moral Dilemmas in Philosophy and Literature (formerly GRMN 1603)
  • GRMN/HUMN 3505-3 The Enlightenment: Tolerance and Emancipation
  • GRMN/HUMN 4502-3 Nietzsche: Literature and Values
  • HUMN 4155-3 Philosophy, Art, and the Sublime
  • INVS 1000-4 Responding to Social and Environmental Problems Through Service Learning
  • JWST/RLST 2600-3 Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • LDSP 1000-3 The Foundations of 21st Century Leadership
  • LIBB 1500-3 The Dialogue of Art and Religion
  • LIBB 2013-3 Film and the Quest for Truth (formerly FILM 2013)
  • PHIL 1000-3 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 1100-3 Ethics
  • PHIL 1160-3 Introduction to Bioethics
  • PHIL 1200-3 Philosophy and Society
  • PHIL 1600-3 Philosophy and Religion
  • PHIL 2200-3 Major Social Theories
  • PHIL 3100-3 Ethical Theory
  • PHIL/WMST 3110-3 Feminist Practical Ethics
  • PHIL 3160-3 Bioethics
  • PHIL 3190-(3-4) War and Morality
  • PHIL 3200-3 Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 3260-3 Philosophy and the International Order
  • PHIL 3600-3 Philosophy of Religion
  • PRLC 1810-3 Ethical Leadership
  • PSCI 2004-3 Survey of Western Political Thought
  • PSCI 3054-3 American Political Thought
  • PSCI 3064-3 Environmental Political Theory
  • RLST 1620-3 The Religious Dimension in Human Experience
  • RLST 2500-3 Religion in the United States
  • RLST 2610-3 Religions of South Asia
  • RLST 2620-3 Religions of East Asia
  • RLST 2700-3 American Indian Religious Traditions
  • RUSS 3701-3 Slavic Folk Culture: Ideals and Values in the Contemporary World
  • RUSS 4221-3 Cultural Mythologies of Russian Communism
  • SCAN 3301-3 Radical Nationalism in Contemporary Northern Europe
  • SEWL 2000-3 America, the Environment, and the Global Economy
  • SLHS 1010-3 Disabilities in Contemporary American Society
  • SOCY 1004-3 Deviance in U.S. Society
  • SOCY 1022-3 Ethics and Social Issues in U.S. Health and Medicine
  • SOCY 2031-3 Social Problems
  • SOCY 2077-3 Environment and Society
  • SOCY 3151-3 Self in Modern Society
  • SOCY 4121-3 Sociology of Religion
  • SSIR 1010-3 Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability