About Ethics Bowl

Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

The Intercollegiate Ethics BowlSM (IEB) gives students a chance to enter an academic competition that combines excitement and fun with an educationally valuable experience in the areas of practical and professional ethics.

Hundreds of students and teams across the United States and Canada compete in 11 Regional Ethics  Bowl competitions each fall. The teams argue and defend their moral assessment of some of the most troubling and complex ethical issues facing society today. Questions address a wide array of topics in business and professional ethics, in personal relationships, and in social and political affairs.

The competition focuses on selected cases developed by APPE ethics faculty, researchers, and professionals; covering a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to, business, engineering, journalism, law, medicine, and social work. In the competitions students demonstrate their ability to (1) understand the facts of the case, (2) articulate the ethical principles involved in the case, (3) present an effective argument on how the case should be resolved, and (4) respond effectively to challenges put forth by the opposing team as well as the panel of expert judges.

Former Ethics Bowl students consider this one of their most important college activities and one that they carry forward into their professional and personal lives.

The Intercollegiate Ethics BowlSM is open to all and we invite any who wish to participate—students, faculty, coaches, moderators, judges and supporters—to join in this powerful and unique educational experience.

For competitors who wish to also attend the Association’s Annual Meeting, the Association will waive the Annual Meeting registration fee for the first 70 actively competing Ethics Bowl team members who register for the Annual Meeting, provided that they register for the Annual Meeting before January 9, 2018.

Thirty-six teams will be selected from regional ethics bowls.

To enter a team or for more information, please contact: Richard Greene, IEB Board Chair, Weber State University, PH (801) 626-6694. Email rgreene@weber.edu.

See the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competitions page for detailed information on regional competitions and team registration forms.

For the Regional List and information for teams, click here.

See the IEB National Ethics Bowl Championships page for detailed information on the national competition and forms.

Twenty-first Intercollegiate Ethics BowlSM Competition was held at the APPE Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Twenty-first Intercollegiate Ethics BowlSM Competition

The Twenty-first Intercollegiate Ethics BowlSM was held February 26, 2016, in Dallas, Texas, as a part of the 2017 Association for Practical and Professional Ethics 26th Annual Conference. Colleges and universities across the United States and throughout the world who qualified in a regional bowl were invited to enter a team of undergraduate students in the national competition.

The Intercollegiate Ethics BowlSM (IEB) is a team competition that combines the excitement and fun of a competitive tournament with an innovative approach to education in practical and professional ethics for undergraduate students. Recognized widely by educators, the IEB has received special commendation for excellence and innovation from the American Philosophical Association, and received the 2006 American Philosophical Association/Philosophy Documentation Center’s 2006 prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs. The format, rules, and procedures of the IEB all have been developed to model widely acknowledged best methods of reasoning in practical and professional ethics.

In the IEB, each team receives a set of cases which raise issues in practical and professional ethics in advance of the competition and prepare an analysis of each case. At the competition, a moderator poses questions, based on a case taken from that set, to teams of three to five students. Questions may concern ethical problems on wide ranging topics, such as the classroom (e.g. cheating or plagiarism), personal relationships (e.g. dating or friendship), professional ethics (e.g. engineering, law, medicine), or social and political ethics (e.g. free speech, gun control, etc.) A panel of judges may probe the teams for further justifications and evaluates answers. Rating criteria are intelligibility, focus on ethically relevant considerations, avoidance of ethical irrelevance, and deliberative thoughtfulness.


Important Ethics Bowl Dates

TBD – 2017 Regional Competition Cases posted

TBD – 2018 National Competition Cases posted – see the Cases, Rules and Guidelines page.

APPE International Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

Richard Greene, IEB Board Chair
Weber State University
Phone: 801-626-6694
Email: rgreene@weber.edu


APPE Two Year College Ethics Bowl

Brett Fulkerson-Smith, Chair
Harper College
Phone: 847-925-6785
Email: bfulkers@harpercollege.edu


APPE High School Ethics Bowl