What is the point of learning about ethics? An ethics course should teach you how to recognize a moral issue when it stares you in the face. You should learn to appreciate its intricacies, to reason your way through it, and to discuss it with your peers. This will raise your skills of critical reflection and your moral sensitivities. And if you can translate what you gained into action, dare I say it, then it will make you into a better person as well. Short stories—much more so than the classics or contemporary journals of professional philosophy—are a great tool for this purpose. In this course, we will explore contemporary social, political and moral issues through short stories in world literature connect these stories with research papers in the social sciences and the humanities, blogs, and newspaper articles.