While gender is discussed in the media often in relation to sexism, restroom accessibility, workplace rights, and the like, it is very seldom discussed with students in the context of a learning environment before the university level of study (ifView Tool »
Moral Relativism Many students come to the classroom assuming values are variant. Have you heard any of the following? After all, we are all different, right? Wouldn’t it be boring if we all believed the same thing? To each hisView Tool »
Justice and Utopia
Materials needed Description of the story of the Ring of Gyges Handout on the characteristics of Rammeka (a fictional society) Worksheet for small-group discussion and individual reflection Description Begin with an explanation of Plato’s goals in The Republic. ExplainView Tool »
Social Contract Theory: Creating a Cooperative Learning Environment
Materials needed John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government, chapters two and eight. An alternative is James Rachels’ The Elements of Moral Philosophy, chapter eleven, “The Idea of a Social Contract” (see full citations below) A questionnaire (see below) Poster boardView Tool »
Materials needed Plenty of paper Several sets of 5 different colored pencils or markers Timer Introduction Ask your students to think about how they define a stereotype. Work in small groups to come up with a basic definition. HaveView Tool »
Fair or Equal?
Materials needed List of roles and responsibilities (see below) A bag of candy Description Begin the exercise by holding up the bag of candy (make sure you have enough for at least one piece for every student) and ask,View Tool »
Who Is Right?: Values, Norms, and Rules in Different Cultures
This is a discussion guide with optional readings and exercises, on the topic of Values, Norms, and Rules in Different Cultures. Philosophers debate whether or not there are universal values across different cultures, for if we cannot claim that thereView Tool »
How Do We Decide Who Should Decide?
Medical Ethics and the State The role of the state (government) in Medical Ethics can be quite complex. In these two articles, two perspectives are explored. The famous Baby Theresa case involves a situation where the state prevents parentsView Tool »
Should Driverless Cars Kill Their Passengers?
The new technology of driverless cards has opened up a real-world corollary to the 65 year old tradition of Trolley Problems. The basic question here involved how the cars should be programmed: to protect their passengers or others out onView Tool »
What is a Human Being?
The first half of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley depicts a socially programmed society in which advances in science and technology have created a world full of people who are biologically human but may not be fully human in otherView Tool »