Amanda Buchnea.Have you ever had to deal with an ethical dilemma? Perhaps in your schoolwork or your personal life? Well, an undergraduate student is looking more closely at ethical decision-making and how it impacts us all.

Amanda Buchnea, a fourth-year Social Development Studies student, wrote a paper entitled Globalization and Cosmopolitanism: A Research Review of  "One World: The Ethics of Globalization," which earned her a spot at the 2015 Undergraduate Ethics Symposium at DePauw University in Indianapolis, IN.

The symposium is a chance for undergraduate students in any faculty to consider and present a pressing ethical issue. Amanda competed against students from universities including Harvard, Princeton, and Georgetown. After a rigorous selection process, she was one of the 25-28 participants selected.

I was really surprised and in a bit of disbelief. My professor, Dr. Jason Blokhuis, had submitted my paper on my behalf. I'm really grateful that he did, because going to the Undergraduate Ethics Symposium is an incredible opportunity. –Amanda Buchnea

Amanda wrote the paper for her SDS 405R: Cosmopolitanism class with Professor J.C. Blokhuis. Amanda says her paper looks at ethical and moral challenges raised by philosopher and bioethics professor, Peter Singer. In particular, it looks at how his arguments add to the discourse on cosmopolitanism and the idea that all human beings hold equal dignity and worth - no matter their social location. Amanda was inspired to take the course after previously taking Dr. Blokhuis's SDS 431: Radical Ideologies and Social Policy.

I enjoyed the course for many reasons, from the wide selection of challenging and thought-provoking books, to the deep discussions we would have as a class each week. Understanding cosmopolitan ethics has really challenged the way I see myself in relation to the world. It's a course that you leave having learned a lot, but also seeing how much more there is to know about the world we live in. –Amanda Buchnea

The Symposium takes place April 9-11. To prepare, Amanda is taking the time to get comfortable with her paper and notes, so that she is ready to share it with other students and faculty. A major component to the symposium is breaking into small groups so students can discuss their submissions with other students and a guest speaker.

I'm really looking forward to reading the work of some of the other students and seeing what we can learn from each other. –Amanda Buchnea

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