Detroit Mercy’s Ethics Bowl returns for all undergraduate students on Friday, Oct. 20 from 12-4 p.m. It’s the 20th installment of the competition, which was inspired by TV’s College Bowl.
Teams are comprised of 3-5 students and this year’s competition has room for 12 total teams. No specialized knowledge in ethical theory is required to compete in the Ethics Bowl. Questions may address ethical dilemmas including classroom topics, personal matters, professional ethics and social and political issues.
Student competitors from every part of the University are often surprised at how much they enjoy the contest and enthusiastically return to compete in subsequent years.
Judges and moderators are drawn from faculty, staff, administration and alumni, many of whom return every year. The panel of judges rate answers in terms of intelligibility, focus, depth and judgment.
The first-place team has the honor or representing Detroit Mercy at a regional Ethics Bowl and may go on to compete in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, which takes place at the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics in February.