Special Topics: Introductory Philosophy Online Course

Special Topics: Introductory Philosophy Online Course

 

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This course will explore Western ethical thought through a philosophical approach using case studies that are commonly taught at the college level.  We will discuss different ways that philosophers determine what is right and wrong, and connect those to current events, policy, and historical contexts.

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Course Length: 12 weeks (can be split into 3 mini courses of 4 weeks each)
Recommended Age: 12+

Course Description for Special Topics: Introductory Philosophy Online Course

These three mini-courses offer a quick overview of some introductory philosophical concepts that are relevant to our lives in society today.

To purchase a 4-week session, choose one of the links when checking out.

You can purchase two session if you want by adding each separately to your cart. 

All Course Materials Provided with the class and are included in the course fee. 

Special Topics: Introductory Philosophy Online Course

Part 1: Ethical Philosophy Introduction – Starts Wednesday, 2/12, 4 pm

What is right, and what is wrong?  These are questions that every society wrestles with every day.  Each of us makes decisions about the right thing to do, but we often don’t know why we do it.

This course will explore Western ethical thought through a philosophical approach using case studies that are commonly taught at the college level.  We will discuss different ways that philosophers determine what is right and wrong, and connect those to current events, policy, and historical contexts. Discussion heavy course with recommended readings from online sources like the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Sample Topics:

  • What is Ethics? What is Philosophy? 
  • Real world examples showing why ethics is needed 
  • Utilitarian Ethics, Part 1: Trolley problem 
  • Utilitarian Ethics, Part 2: Lifeboat 
  • Deontological Ethics, Part 1: Transplant 
  • Deontological Ethics, Part 2: Revisiting the Trolley and Lifeboat 
  • Virtue Ethics 
  • Care Ethics

Part 2:   Social Contract Theory: How did we stop stabbing each other? – Starts Wednesday, 3/11, 4 pm

This course is an introduction to three Social Contract philosophical theories by Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.  We will use secondary sources to do an overview of each theory, compare-contrast them, and discuss how they influence how we think today.  Connections to historical, social, and political context will be included. This course could be considered an approachable introduction to philosophy.

Students will be expected to prepare for class and participate actively in our discussions (whether through voice or text chat).  Students will also be asked to maintain a thought journal throughout the course to aid reflection and discussion. 

Part 3: Public and Private: Understanding Government, Corporations, and Everything In-Between – Starts Wednesday, 4/8, 4 pm

This course will explore the concepts of “public” and “private” in society and politics, with a focus on the United States, but comparing/contrasting to international examples.  We will begin with a current events brainstorm about ways that “public” and “private” are used in current discourse, along with expectations and moral implications. Then we will explore the history of the concepts of “public”  and “private”, starting with the Ancient Greeks and moving through the European origins of the corporation. Then we will return to the present day to critically examine how assumptions based in old history influence us today. Finally, we will explore some case studies that show that we need to come up with new ways of discussing public and private. 

Topics: 

  • Issue Brainstorm: why do “public” and “private” matter?  (e.g. parenthood, property, privacy, land)
  • Polis and Oikos: Public and Private in Ancient Greece (e.g. citizenship, gender, discourse)
  • Corporations are People Too!: the rise of the corporation as a public and private entity
  • The present and future of public/private

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Online Classes

12-week session, 4-week session Part 1: Ethical Philosophy Introduction, 4-week session Part 2: Social Contract Theory: How did we stop stabbing each other?, 4-week session Part 3: Public and Private: Understanding Government, Corporations, and Everything In-Between

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