T PHIL 360
Examines idealism, pragmatism, and existentialism in historical context to discover ways in which they are responses to past ideas and ways in which they are new. Focuses on the way issues in philosophy remain the same even as ways of thinking about them change.
This course focuses on "Cosmopolitanism and Global Citizenship" and discusses issues such as global justice, human rights, immigration, social responsibility, and international relations. Classes will be offered by Amos Nascimento, Michael Forman, Matthias Lutz-Bachmann, Andreas Niederberger, Gregg Miller, and many other guests. Each week students will read a text and attend a lecture by a different guest. The course will conclude with a special conference on "Cosmopolitan Rights and Responsibilities" at the University of Washington (May 2012) involving all guests and students.
Student learning goals
- read texts on cosmopolitanism, global citizenship, and their relation to Global Justice and Human Rights.
- discuss how to be a "global citizen" today and learn about the most important modern and contemporary philosophers who have worked on this theme, including Immanuel Kant, Juergen Habermas, Martha Nussbaum, David Held, Seyla Benhabib, and Matthias Lutz-Bachmann.
- interact with students and scholars from the United States and Germany, who are working on this field and will visit UWT.
- have the unique opportunity to participate in an international event on "Cosmopolitan Rights & Responsibilities" to be held at the University of Washington on May 10-12, 2012.
* Internships: A few opportunities for internship helping to organize an international event will be available. Contact Dr. Amos Nascimento (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
General method of instruction
Students will read one chapter per week, attend guest lectures, have a session to discuss the theme of the week and share their views on the subject.
There are no prerequisites. Previous course in Philosophy, Human Rights, Political Science, International Relations, European History, Environmental Studies or Global Studies is a plus.
Class assignments and grading
Participation in classes, presentation of periodic reports reflecting on readings and lectures, attendance of special event in May 2012, writing of a final paper or report reflecting on the topics discussed.
Grades will be based on participation (25%), reports (25%), event attendance (25%), final paper (25%).