PHIL 285.001 – Moral and Philosophical Issues in Education

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Instructor: Amy Glaser. This course meets MW 1:25 – 2:40 p.m. in WG 304.

Philosophy of education, of course, at the same time, is education. It’s a course about itself, a rare opportunity to study the very system in which we, through our studies, partake. We will examine not only the education we receive at UNC, but education in a broader sense. What is its purpose? What ends does it aim to achieve, and in what ways does it succeed or fail at achieving these? How are schools designed, and why? And how could they be re-imagined to better meet contemporary needs and challenges? And what are these contemporary needs and challenges, anyway? We will explore and invent various educational structures and pedagogies, while looking closely at ourselves and examining our goals and roles within the larger educational system we comprise.