Andy Cullison leading a high school ethics workshop at Dater High School

Use your existing curriculum as a springboard for a deeper dive into an ethical, political, or social issue. Help students develop critical moral reasoning skills and discover how your class is relevant to societal issues they care deeply about.  

We customize interactive dialogue activities using case studies focused on real world issues in ways that are still grounded in what you are already having your students learn. Each workshop can be easily tailored to the subjects, topics, and books you currently teach.

Here is a list of some potential workshops we could bring to your class that connect with common high school learning units:

  • Hamlet: The Ethics of Deception 
  • Frankenstein: The Ethics of Technological Innovation 
  • The Catcher in the Rye: The Ethics of Social Isolation 
  • Macbeth: The Ethics of Manipulation and Nudging 
  • The Great Gatsby: The Ethics of Love and Relationships 
  • To Kill a Mockingbird: Courage in the Face of Injustice
    • Citizenship and Authoritarianism  
    • The Ethics of Nuclear War 
    • Just War Theory: Good or Bad?  
  • Revolutionary War/Civil War
    • The Moral Foundations of Democracy 
    • The Ethics of Taxation 
    • The Ethics of Colonialism 
    •  The Ethics of Rebellion 
  • The Ethics of Gene Editing 
  • The Ethics of Pharmaceutical Development 
  • The Ethics of Cloning and Stem Cell Research 
  • The Ethics of Research on Human Subjects 
  • Animal Testing 
  • Forever Chemicals 

Additional Possible topics include:

The Moral Foundations of Democracy
In this presentation, I will introduce students to three classic arguments in favor of democracy to help them appreciate its importance. I will also introduce students to crucial elements that need to be in place in order for a democracy to thrive. Students will learn about what they can do right now to start being a responsible participant in our democracy.

The Ethics of Racial/Racist Jokes
In this presentation, I will lead a discussion with students about the ethics of comedy. I will also introduce them to an important distinction between racial humor and racist humor. Students will learn about views related to the ethics of comedy that will provide them with a principled way to speak up when they hear someone tell a racist joke.

Social Justice and Ethics
Through a series of activities and interactive exercises students will be introduced to the basic concepts of social Justice and explore the connections between striving for social justice and developing a set of skills called moral reasoning skills. By the end of the workshop students will understand how developing moral reasoning skills is critical if they are interested in social justice, they will also be given the tools to develop those skills.

Ethics and Career Preparedness
In this workshop, I will engage students in a workshop that discusses a case in workplace ethics. Students will be introduced to the concept of moral reasoning as a set of practical skills, and go through exercises to see how developing these skills is critical as they prepare for their future careers. Students will also be given some tools and resources to start developing those skills.

Ethics: The Secret to Effective Leadership?
In this presentation, I will make the case that the secret to effective leadership rests in being good at a set of skills called “moral reasoning skills. Students will learn what those skills are with fun, engaging examples. Students will also learn about how those skills connect with effective leadership traits and behaviors and be given tools that help them get on the path toward developing those skills.

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