Theme 1: Professions and professionalism
- The student understands the concept of the profession and can argue on which basis we can distinguish occupations and their special responsibilities.
- The student can conceptualize the idea of the ‘good professional’ using virtue ethics, and can argue for or against the existence of specific professional virtues.
Theme 2: Responsibility within organizations
- The student can argue how the responsibility of individuals arises within organizations, and which duties arise from their responsibilities.
- The student can reason about the different responsibilities that individuals have within their professional roles.
Theme 3: The value of work
- The student can reason about the value of work, and, in doing so, can distinguish between the welfare-value and the meaning of work.
- The student can also explain the difference between extrinsic and intrinsic forms of these values in the context of work, and argue in which relationship these two values stand with respect to each other.
- The student can also describe the disvalue of work, and explain the concept of alienation in the context of work.
Work plays a major role in our lives. In this course we study the concept of work on the basis of three themes. First, we examine the concept of the professional. Is everybody who works a professional, and what makes a professional a good professional? Second, we study the question which responsibilities professionals have within the organizations in which they operate. Third, we will examine the value of work. Is work valuable for us, or is it harmful instead? And, what makes work meaningful?