After completing the course “Evil”, the student is able:
- To discuss a number of key theories and concepts in sociology and social psychology.
- To compare three major positions and their respective representatives in philosophical-ethical theory (virtue ethics, deontological ethics and consequentialist ethics);
- To apply the theories and concepts mentioned in 1-3 to historical and contemporary cases.
- To use these social scientific and philosophical concepts and theories in order to reflect on evil as a social, psychological, historical and ethical phenomenon.
- To compare and contrast the various social-psychological and philosophic-ethical perspectives on historical and contemporary cases
- To combine the sociological, psychological and philosophical-ethical theories in assignments.
- To read, analyze and interpret major works in sociology, psychology and philosophical ethics.
For non-LAS students the number of places in this course is limited. For registration, please contact Gerwin van der Laan (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least three weeks prior to the start of the course
Curiosity, Pen, and Paper
This course explores evil as a social, psychological and ethical phenomenon. It raises questions such as:|
- What is evil, and how do we distinguish between good and evil?
- Why, when, where and how are human beings able to commit evil?
- What can we do to prevent evil?
In the course, these questions are explored through a number of cases, historical and contemporary, of evildoing. These cases are investigated through the lens of a number of theories and concepts derived from the social sciences (sociology and social psychology) and philosophy (ethics and political philosophy).
This course is taught using University College Tilburg's "Team Teaching"-Method, which entails two lecturers (often from different fields) teaching the course at the same time.