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Bachelor 2020/2021

Philosophy

Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Compulsory course (Political Science and World Politics)
Area of studies: Political Science
When: 1 year, 1 module
Mode of studies: distance learning
Instructors: Sergei Levin
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Philosophical questions are meaningful questions that do not have empirical or formal answers. The course seeks to grasp as well as answer a number of central questions in philosophy such as: - What makes moral judgments true? - What rights and liberties should people have? - What is aesthetic experience? Is it possible to provide a correct definition of art? - How might a meaningful life be possible in a purely physical world? MOOC for the course https://www.coursera.org/learn/philosophy#syllabus
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the key issues in contemporary and classical philosophy. The second goal is to develop students’ abilities to think critically about their core beliefs.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to describe and distinguish key philosophical concepts in the main subfields of philosophy, including concepts such as free will, mind, knowledge, good, etc.
  • Students will be able to discuss core philosophical problems, such as whether there is a god, what does it mean to be conscious, are we free to make choices, what is justice, etc.
  • Students will be able to explain and defend a position on basic philosophical problems.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Normative ethics
  • Meta-ethics
  • Justifications of Punishment
  • Civil Disobedience
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Free Will
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Final exam
    The final test will be held at Schoology at the end of the course. It lasts 40 minutes and contains 15 questions.
  • non-blocking Test
    There will be two mid-term tests on Schoology.com during the time of the lectures. Each test would last 30 minutes and contain 15 questions.
  • non-blocking Writing assignments
    For each seminar, you can earn points by completing the small writing assignments before the seminars and at the seminars. The tasks you will see in Schoology. There is a deadline for your answers, which will be the end of two days before the seminar. For example, if your seminar is scheduled on 15th April, the deadline for uploading a homework is 13th April, 23:55.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.25*Tests+0.25*Writing assignments+0.5*Exam
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Pritchard, D. (2016). What Is This Thing Called Philosophy? London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1222339

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Kowalski, D. (2012). Moral Theory at the Movies : An Introduction to Ethics. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=463728
  • Teays, W. (2012). Seeing the Light : Exploring Ethics Through Movies. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=510067