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Paideia 450: Ethical Challenges in Twenty-First Century Norway
Bergen, Norway; Flam, Norway; Lillehammer, Norway; Oppdal, Norway; Oslo, Norway (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: J-Term
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Lang. of Instruction: English Prerequisites: Junior/Senior, Paideia 111, 112, Consent of Instructors
Program Type: J-Term 2 Max. Enrollment: 24
Academic Dept: Paideia No. of Credits: 4
All College Req(s): E-Ethical, Paideia 450 Immersion: IS-Internatonal Studies
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INSTRUCTORS:  Jim Martin-Schramm (Religion); Maren Johnson (Nordic Studies)
Norway Group

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This course explores how differences in cultural norms and moral values influence key ethical debates about contemporary issues in Norway. For many, the relevant norms or values are principles that can’t be compromised, for others they are goods to be maximized, and for some they are virtues to be cultivated individually and culturally. These contrasting approaches to moral theory make ethical challenges interesting and consensus difficult. In January 2020 this course will focus on the following challenges:
1) Environmental sustainability and the key role fossil fuel extraction still plays in the Norwegian economy. Conflicting cultural norms and moral values include energy security, financial prosperity, and environmental sustainability.
2) Immigration policy, integration, and respect for cultural identities. Conflicting norms and values include human rights, diversity, and security.
3) Challenges associated with urbanization in Norway. Conflicting norms and values include quality of life, historical heritage, and food security.
We will utilize course readings, site visits, and interactions with key figures (policymakers, social workers, NGO advocates, business leaders, etc.) to explore both the history and current context for each of these challenges facing contemporary Norway. The Norwegian model of response to each issue (to the extent it exists with any unanimity) will be compared with other countries in the Nordic region.  
Estimated Cost: $4150 - $4350
Estimated Add'l Meal Costs: $650
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Norway Fjord

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