Center for the Study of Ethics in Society

Center for the Study of Ethics in Society

Ethics Bowl

About the Ethics Bowl

The Ethics Center sponsors a team every year for the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB).

Ethics Bowl provides students with an opportunity to practice applying the moral theories and argumentation principles that they learn in their ethics classes. They receive a set of case studies in advance involving ethical issues in a number of practical contexts, including engineering, law, medicine, personal relationships, school, and politics.
During a round, each team takes turns presenting its position on a case and critiquing the other team's position on a different case. Teams must answer questions about their positions from a panel of judges. Judges assign scores based on logical consistency, clarity, focus and thoroughness.

WMU has competed in the Ethics Bowl contest every year since it expanded from an intramural event at the Illinois Institute of Technology to a small regional contest involving a handful of colleges in 1994 (an event WMU won). The competition went national in 1997. WMU's best national showings were third out of 14 teams in 1998, fifth out of 26 teams in 2000, ninth out of 32 teams in 2007, and in the top eight out of 32 teams in 2009.

Ethics Bowl became a tiered competition beginning in 2007; WMU's team won the 2006 regional qualifier at Harper College and the 2007 qualifier at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. WMU hosted the 2008 regional qualifier and placed third.

The team receives financial support from the Lee Honors College and the School of Communication.


Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Web site

Center for the Study of Ethics in Society
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