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Quest II


Quest II courses continue to allow UW Oshkosh students to approach their education mindfully in their second semester by giving them an opportunity to consider the question, “How did I get here?” Regardless of the general education requirement met by a given Quest II course, Quest II includes elements and activities (for example, a focus on ethical reasoning) that encourage students to consider their reactions to the discipline-specific content as both powerful and grounded in previous experience. Quest II courses allow students to both ask and reflect on their answers to questions such as, “What do I believe and why do I believe it?” “How do my beliefs affect my actions?” and “How do my actions determine conditions for others?


Aside from continuing to offer first-year support for our students and introducing them to their second Signature Question in the USP, Quest II should also accomplish the following:

  • Promote discussion among students about challenging issues;

  • Adequately prepare students for Quest III and serving as a member of a larger community and as representative of the University;

  • Help students think about ethical reasoning in their disciplines and then translate that to their own lives;

  • Teach students how to interact and communicate with people they might disagree with; and

  • Be a “safe” place for students to have “difficult conversations” about issues that matter in their courses, their lives, and their world.

Ethical Reasoning Learning Outcomes

The Quest II Working Group developed a set of learning outcomes that can be adapted to fit most any Quest II course. Instructors should include these outcomes among their disciplinary and Signature Question learning outcomes on their syllabi.

1.) Define and explain ethical reasoning and recognize ethical issues and questions.

2.) Recognize and understand the reasons for your personal beliefs. Identify and understand arguments that challenge those beliefs. Engage in difficult--but respectful--conversations with those who share or do not share your beliefs.

3.) Identify, assess and articulate the ethical issues related to course materials.

Course Development Resources

Syllabus Development: Includes resources for creating your Quest II syllabus, including the Quest II Syllabus Checklist, Sample Language you can use in your syllabus, and Sample Syllabi from actual Quest II Classes.

Complementary Questions: sample Ethical Reasoning questions to complement your course's Signature Question.

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