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Guidelines to develop a stand-alone course

 

This Module provides an outline for a three-hour class, but there is potential to develop its topics further into a stand-alone course. The scope of such a course will be determined by the specific needs of each context, but a possible structure is presented here as a suggestion, using Simon Blackburn's What do we really know (2016) as a reference point.

Session

Topic

Brief description

1

Is there such a thing as society?

Based on Blackburn's chapter that addresses the individual and the group and the relationship between them

2

Am I free?

Based on Blackburn's chapter of choice and responsibility

3

Is there such a thing as ethics?

A meta-ethical discussion about the existence of ethics and morality, based on Norman's chapter "The Ethical World"

4

Natural law

An overview of the concept of natural law and the Blackburn chapter on "What is Human Nature?"

5

Ethics theory

An overview of core ethical theories: consequentialism, deontology, virtue ethics

6

Nasty, brutish and short

An overview of the contribution of Thomas Hobbes

7

The Social Contract

An overview of the contribution of John Rawls

8

Trust

Based on the work of Francis Fukuyama, with reference to the concepts of social virtues and prosperity

9

Why be good?

A concluding session based on Blackburn's chapter on annoying behavior and annoying questions

 

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