Here's the question: am I ethically obligated to contact this professor, who is still at my alma mater, and request hir permission to borrow/adapt the course as my own, before I send it out to anyone? Alas, I must admit that this is now something of a moot point, since I have already sent it out to a few places to consider. But pangs of conscience worry me, and I most certainly wouldn't want hir to hear about this somehow and decide that I was a thief of intellectual property.
What is the proper course of action, given that I
- was myself a student in hir course;
- am plainly using the same title, if one were to compare syllabi;
- have suggested some of the same materials, but also many others that zi did not; and
- am putting this syllabus forward as a form of intellectual creativity, in that it's not a humdrum "Introduction to Blahblah" or "Topics in Whatever" kind of course?