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    UCSB Libraries         UCSB Reads

2009 Theme:   Ethics. Beyond ourselves.

Change begins with learning . . .


The following is a list of selected resources on ethics that can be found in the UCSB Libraries by the call number listed. Multiple copies of many titles can also be found in the Santa Barbara Public Library System. And check Santa Barbara City College's Luria Library for books on ethics, including many e-books.

Also, check out the two following study guides to Ethics for the New Millennium:


  • Barber, Nigel, Kindness in a cruel world: the evolution of altruism. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2004.
    Main Library BF637.H4 B375 2004

  • Biomedical ethics: opposing viewpoints. San Diego, Calif.: Greenhaven Press, 1998.
    Sciences Engineering Library R724 .B492 1998

  • Blackburn, Simon. Being good: an introduction to ethics. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
    Main Library BF723.E8 B53 2001

  • Bradbury, Ray. "A Sound of Thunder", a 1952 short story about the "butterfly effect," the idea that a single butterfly could have immeasurable effects on subsequent events in the world.

    "UCSB Reads" selection:
  • Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho, His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Ethics for the new millennium. New York: Riverhead Books, 2001.
    Main Library BJ1012 .B74 2001
    As an audio book on tape, or in print, available through the Santa Barbara Public Library System
    Also available at a 25% discount at the UCSB Bookstore
    Click here for a list of additional books written by the Dalai Lama.

  • Buckman, Rob. Can we be good without God?: biology, behavior, and the need to believe. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2002.
    Main Library BJ47 .B83 2002

  • Cohen, Martin. 101 ethical dilemmas. London; New York: Routledge, 2007.
    Main Library BJ1025 .C66 2007

  • Collectivism after modernism: the art of social imagination after 1945. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.
    Arts Library, Arts, Annex NX456 .C58 2007

  • Euthanasia: opposing viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2000.
    Sciences Engineering Library R726 .E7924 2000

  • Frank, Robert H. What price the moral high ground?: ethical dilemmas in competitive environments. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2004.
    Main Library HF5387 .F737 2004

  • Gazzaniga, Michael S. The ethical brain. New York: Dana Press, 2005.
    Sciences Engineering Library QP360.5 .G393 2005

  • Genetic engineering: opposing viewpoints. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 2001.
    Sciences Engineering Library QH442 .G4432 2001

  • Grayling, A. C. Meditations for the humanist: ethics for a secular age. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
    Main Library BJ1360 .G73 2002

  • Hyde, Lewis. The gift: imagination and the erotic life of property. New York: Random House, 1983.
    Main Library GN449.6 .H93 1983

  • International business ethics: challenges and approaches. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1999.
    Main Library HF5387 .I58 1999

  • Iyer, Pico. The open road: the global journey of the fourteenth Dalai Lama. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
    Main Library BQ7935.B777 I94 2008

  • Joyce, Richard. The evolution of morality. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2006.
    Main Library BJ1311 .J69 2006

  • Kurtz, Paul. Forbidden fruit: the ethics of humanism. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1988.
    Main Library BJ1360 .K79 1988

  • Technology and society: opposing viewpoints. San Diego, Calif.: Greenhaven Press; Detroit: Gale Group Thomson Learning, 2002.
    Main Library HM846 .T43 2002

  • Waal, F. B. M. de. Primates and philosophers: how morality evolved. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006.
    Main Library BJ1311 .W14 2006


  • SRI climbing new mountains. Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, [2007].
    Media Collection HG4515.13 .S65 2007
          "A growing number of investors are guided by the triple bottom line of human dignity, environmentalism, and financial profit. This program studies socially responsible investing as a successful approach for portfolio managers, venture capitalists, and individual investors. Arete president Robert Shaw, Environmental Design International CEO Deborah Sawyer, and author Robert A. G. Monks add commentary."

  • Environmental issues & human impact. Lawrenceville, NJ: Cambridge Educational, 2006.
    Media Collection GE195.7 .E595 2006
          "Air and water pollution, the effects of pollution on health and the environment, deforestation and loss of wetlands, ozone depletion and global warming, and the negative impact of agriculture, construction, and recreation/tourism are discussed. The program ends with anti-pollution initiatives like recycling and greater energy efficiency."

  • Is cloning ethical? [Farmington Hills, MI]: Greenhaven Press, 2002.
    Media Collection QH442.2 .I83 2002
          "Speakers Dr. Larry Goldstein, UCSD Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Bruno J. Leone, Professor of European Intellectual History, SDSU, Author/Lecturer on Cloning and Creationism vs. Evolution take on the issue of cloning in this stimulating debate. Can science be trusted to behave ethically? Is cloning inherently bad?"

Books for K-12 Teachers

**NOTE:** California K-12 public school teachers are eligible for a free library card. Bring a memo from your principal and a photo ID.
  • Bodine, Richard J. Creating the peaceable school: a comprehensive program for teaching conflict resolution: program guide. Champaign, Ill.: Research Press, 2002.
    Curriculum Lab LC210 .B629 2002

  • Brooks, Diane L. Readings and activities for character education: a resource guide for teachers and students. Peterborough, NH: Cobblestone, 2001.
    Curriculum Lab LC311 .B76 2001

  • Exploring values through literature, multimedia, and literacy events: making connections. Newark, Del.: International Reading Association, 2001.
    Curriculum Lab LC311 .E96 2001

  • Hammond, Merryl. One world, one earth: educating children for social responsibility. Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers, 1993.
    Curriculum Lab LC1090 .H36 1993

  • Hamot, Gregory E. Teaching about child labor and international human rights. Bloomington, IN: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, [2003].
    Internet Resource [Online]

  • Koehler, Mike. First Class character education activities program: ready-to-use lessons & activities for grades 7-12. Paramus, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001.
    Curriculum Lab LC311 .K62 2001

  • Kohn, Rita T. My country 'tis of me: helping children discover citizenship through cultural heritage. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1988.
    Curriculum Lab LB1530 .K64 1988

  • Livo, Norma J. Bringing out their best: values education and character development through traditional tales. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2003.
    Curriculum Lab GR72 .L59 2003

  • Mannix, Darlene. Character-building activities for kids: ready-to-use character education lessons & activities for the elementary grades. Paramus, N.J.: Center for Applied Research in Education, 2002.
    Curriculum Lab LC268 .M199 2002

  • Meyer, Maggie. Celebrate leadership: lessons for middle school students. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2006.
    Curriculum Lab LB1623.5 .M49 2006

    Parker, Jeanette Plauché. Developing creative leadership. Portsmouth, NH: Teacher Ideas Press, 2004.
    Curriculum Lab LC3993.2 .P37 2004

  • Schmidt, Patricia Ruggiano. 50 literacy strategies for culturally responsive teaching, K-8. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press, 2006.
    Curriculum Lab LB1576 .S3255 2006

  • Shiman, David A. Teaching human rights: grades 7 through adult. Denver: Center for Teaching International Relations, University of Denver (Colorado Seminary), 1993.
    Curriculum Lab JC571 .S4764 1993

  • Stuecker, Ric. Cultivating kindness in school: activities that promote integrity, respect, and compassion in elementary and middle school students. Champaign, IL: Research Press, 2004.
    Curriculum Lab BJ1533.K5 S7 2004

Children's Books and Videos


  • Hoose, Phillip M. It's our world, too!: young people who are making a difference: how they do it--how YOU can, too! [New York]: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.
    Curriculum Lab HQ784.V64 H65 2002

  • Kid power: a volunteer handbook for youth. Santa Barbara, CA: Partnership for the Children of Santa Barbara County, 1994.
    Curriculum Lab, Reference HN79.C23 V645 1994

  • Smith, David J. If the world were a village: a book about the world's people. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2002.
    Curriculum Lab HB883 .S63 2002


  • About the United Nations: human rights. Produced by the United Nations, Department of Public Information and Nucleus Productions.
    Curriculum Lab, Juvenile Media K639 .A36 1991
          This film deals with the many abuses suffered by children throughout the world and documents the United Nations efforts to bring about universal standards for human rights through the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • If the world were a village. Toronto, ON: Visual Education Centre, 2006.
    Curriculum Lab, Juvenile Media HB883 .I48 2006
          A wonderful introduction to the realities of our global situation. It delivers an important metaphor as to who we are, where we live, what languages we speak, what religions we practice, and more.

  • The world needs you: volunteer!. [Oak Brook, IL]: Lions Clubs International; [St. Petersburg, Fla.]: Distributed by Video Placement Worldwide, [2000?]
    Curriculum Lab, Juvenile Media HN49.V64 W67 2003
          "A two part educational project designed to help young people learn about the satisfaction of volunteering and to build a lifetime commitment to community service. Down the street and around the world demonstrates the impact that volunteering has on individuals and communities. Each of five segments focuses on a different type of volunteer activity undertaken by Lions Club members . . . In New glasses, new life, students see the impact of fading eyesight on a weaver in a small rural town in Mexico, and how eyeglasses collected by Lions Clubs International helps him regain his eyesight so he can continue to work and support his family."

Web Sites

  • "Ethics"     The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

  • Ethics   University of Chicago Press.
    Interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of the ideas and principles that form the basis for individual and collective action.

  • Ethics Updates     ". . . dedicated to promoting the thoughtful discussion of difficult moral issues."
    "Ethics Updates is designed primarily to be used by ethics instructors and their students. It is intended to provide resources and updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relates to ethics."

  • Globethics.net
    "A global network of persons and institutions interested in different fields of applied ethics. It offers access to resources on ethics, especially through its leading global digital library on ethics. In addition, it facilitates collaborative web-based research, conferences, online publishing and active sharing of information." Free registration required for access to information resources.

  • Institute for Global Ethics
    "An independent, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ethical action in a global context. Our challenge is to explore the global common ground of values, elevate awareness of ethics, and provide practical tools for making ethical decisions."

  • World Values Survey
    "To learn more about values and cultural changes in societies all over the world."

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