PHIL 292.001 – Field Work in Philosophy: Introducing Philosophy in Primary and Secondary Schools

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Instructor: Michael Vazquez. This course meets TR 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in CW 208.

In this experiential learning course students will have the unique opportunity to combine the philosophical study of ethics with direct service in the community. Students will master the major normative ethical frameworks philosophers use to think about the rightness and wrongness of actions, our obligations to others, and moral life more broadly. Students will also learn how to distill complex philosophical ideas and to facilitate productive discussions with a young audience. With this training in ethical theory and pre-college pedagogy, undergraduates will coach high school teams in the Triangle area in preparation for the North Carolina Regional High School Ethics Bowl. The ethics bowl cases will allow students to sharpen their ability to reason through complex moral issues, and the competition will invite us to reflect on the importance of moral and civic education in democratic society.

Prerequisite: 2 PHIL courses*.

*For the fall 2020 semester, 292’s prerequisites have been eliminated, and permission of the instructor is NOT required to enroll. If you have any questions about this, or need enrollment assistance, please email Michael at