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Courses

Something unique to the NSA Monterey Chapel program is the opportunity to participate in the instruction at the Naval Postgraduate School. Our Chaplains are uniquely prepared and assigned to this area specifically in order to provide instruction through NPS that we hope is both very useful in future tours, but also perhaps a little different from the other courses.

GB 3014 - Ethics for Public Managers

New for 2015, this course meets the accreditation requirements for the MBA program, featuring problem analysis and moral reasoning in the context of business, commerce, and government service.  We begin from the distinction between ethics and the law, considering case studies that present ethical issues about which the law is silent. We continue with a survey of those classical forms of moral reasoning (virtue, duty, utility) that address and help resolve ethical problems. Throughout, we will compare free enterprise conceptions of profit-making with the activities of acquisition and contracting in government and public service.

NS 3903 - Ethics:  Good in Theory

This course is a philosophical survey of major ethical theories that individuals or societies use to form their moral worldview.  The course will seek to make moral philosophy less daunting than it sounds to a casual observer.  In fact, one presupposition of the course is that, as moral agents by virtue of being in various relationships with others, everybody has a philosophy--a way of thinking about and engaging others.

Thus, the course will also seek to move the student, as a military officer and a moral agent, beyond an external understanding of the major ethical theories and ask them to articulate their moral worldview and the ethical framework (theory) that forms the skeleton of that worldview.  Such introspection is vital to one's self-knowledge as a leader and active participant in the military ethos and general culture at large.  While this is certainly true within our own culture in day to day life and work, it is also true for engaging other cultures when deployed as operators, analysts, or staff officers.  One cannot effectively deal with another perspective unless they have a firm grasp of their own ethical framework.

 

NS 3904 - Comparative Religious Ethics of the World Religions

This course Introduces, compares, and contrasts the religious presuppositions of five of the world’s major religions:  Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.   Those religions cover much of the world that service personnel of the United States military serve when forward deployed.   Thus, we will examine and compare how each religion approaches specific ethical issues of today.   We seek to explore the ethics of each religion that arise from its religious presuppositions and discriminate those ethics from a course of behavior by proponents of each religion that are political in nature.   

Given the differences between the religions, or between a given individual and any of the religions, this course seeks a deeper understanding of each religion to facilitate dialogue both in areas of operation and at home.  Thus, it would be of particular interest to those who are studying specific geographic regions of the world or are studying at the Naval Postgraduate School to become foreign affairs or military liaison officers.