Ethics Team from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Set to Compete at Nationals

CLAS Ethics Students

VILLANOVA, Pa. – After a successful trip at a regional competition in December, an Ethics Team from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is set to compete in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl for the third consecutive year. Christine Albert '15 CLAS, Eric Aldieri '17 CLAS, Rishi Chauhan '15 CLAS, Brian Myung '16 CLAS and Ronald Berna '18 CLAS, will soon travel to California to compete against 32 teams from around the country at the 2015 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. The Villanova Ethics Team, coached by Mark Wilson, PhD and Albert Shin, PhD, has participated in the competition since 2000.

Each year the Villanova Ethics Program sponsors one team consisting of five undergraduate students to prepare, travel, and compete in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. The competition begins with 10 regional matches in the fall that feed the national competition, held in the early spring.

The Ethics Bowl competition is presented annually by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics as a method of involving students in deliberating and debate on difficult ethical cases and controversies. The national competition, which draws together the top 32 teams from the regional rounds, is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.

At the regional competition, the participating teams compete in three rounds. The teams are given a dozen or more complex ethical and policy cases to study in advance of the competition, though they are not told what questions they will be asked about any case. For each match, one team is required to present a view on a case and then respond to questions from the opposing team and judges. Then the roles are reversed, and the opposing team presents an argument surrounding a different case, after which they respond to questions. Teams are evaluated at the end of each match for the quality of their arguments, responses, and counter-responses. The top three to four teams advance to the national competition.

At the national competition, the 32 participating teams compete in three rounds in the morning, using a format similar to the regional competitions. The top eight teams advance to the quarterfinals, which are held in the evening.

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