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Courses Spring 2018

MODULE 3, 1/15–3/23

Analytic Philosophy in the 20th Century

Analytic philosophy held a dominant position in English speaking philosophy throughout the 20th century, and into our own days. Since World War II, it has also been the most influential school of philosophy in the Scandinavian countries. Analytic philosophy of the 20th century was marked by a close proximity to the natural sciences, and it placed high value on formal analysis and empirical methods. The course gives an overview of the development of analytic philosophy, from the days of Gottlob Frege to our own times. Special emphasis is placed on the reading of and reflection upon original texts of the philosophers treated in the course.

7,5 ECTS credits

Uppsala: Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 am 12 pm

Partial distance with classroom instruction in Uppsala: January 24 and March 7

Instructors: Erik Åkerlund and Tomas Ekenberg

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Communicating with Heart and Soul: The Craft of Moral Dramatization

“The responsibility of the writer as a moral agent,” Noam Chomsky once observed, “is to try to bring the truth about matters of human significance to an audience that can do something about them.” But what if the audience does not care about distant atrocities or gradual catastrophes? Through case studies and practical workshops, we investigate the creative methods that engaged citizens have used to communicate the ethical urgency of human predicaments.

7,5 ECTS credits

Uppsala: Mondays, 1 pm to 5 pm

Instructor: Brian Palmer

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Planetary Boundaries, Global Governance and Environmental Justice

This course will help students to explore a range of emerging concepts within sustainability science, such as the Anthropocene, planetary boundaries, and resilience thinking. Resourses from both the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Center will be used. Participants will study trends in human-caused global environmental changes and pathways for ensuring safe and just human development for present and future generations. Issues of environmental justice will be focused on, together with normative aspects of equity and fairness. Global sustainability governance and stewardship will also be studied from justice perspectives.

7,5 ECTS credits

The course runs during the entire semester.

Uppsala: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 to 3:30 pm (a selection of weeks to be presented at the start of the course)

Instructor: Andreas Carlgren

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MODULE 4, 3/26–6/1

Modern Swedish Culture through Literature

This course gives students the opportunity to read a selected number of novels, short stories and poems written by modern Swedish authors between 1900 and 2015, some of them awarded the Nobel Prize, some of them bestsellers. At the same time, students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the cultural and social traditions associated with these works. Five modern novels, a few short stories and one long poem will be studied from historical, literary and cultural perspectives. Issues of nationalism and ethnic minorities, gender and age, love and crime, urbanism and nature, secularism and religious belief will be discussed. Excursions to libraries and museums in Stockholm (such as the Nobel Museum and the Nobel Library, Junibacken and the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books) are included.

7,5 ECTS credits

Uppsala: Mondays and Thursdays, 1 pm to 3 pm

Instructor: Helena Bodin

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Social Teaching in East and West – Complementarity and Differences

This course provides a historical, theoretical and practical overview of the principles and themes of Catholic and Orthodox social teaching and its application. Taking as a starting point biblical and patristic sources, it explores the development of social responsibility from both a Western and Eastern Christian perspective. Differences as well as complementarity between the two approaches are outlined. Students will have the possibility to explore the most fundamental texts of social teaching as well as contemporary topics such as dignity of the human person,  just war, option for the poor, dignity of work, sanctity of human life, and the protection of the environment.

7,5 ECTS credits

Uppsala: Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 am to 12 pm

Partial distance with classroom instructions in Uppsala: April 24 and May 22

Instructor: Christoph Hermann

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Courses Fall 2017

MODULE 1, 8/28-11/3

Natural Law in Moral and Political Thought

Natural law ethics is introduced as a current within moral and political philosophy, in a historical, comparative and applied perspective. Initially, the origins of the natural law tradition are studied in the ethics of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. The emphasis is on recent natural law theory and its areas of application in contemporary moral and political thought. The student is given the opportunity to apply theory independently, and discuss ethical problems within areas such as bioethics, social justice and the ethics of war and peace. The course also brings up alternative ethical traditions that question the idea of a natural law. Contradictions within and between ethical systems are discussed in order to enhance the student’s own capacity to evaluate and analyse moral and political arguments.
7.5 ECTS
This course runs during the entire semester.
Uppsala xx
Partial distance with classroom instruction in Uppsala: xx
Instructor: Jasmina Nedevska

 

International Climate Change Negotiations

Why are there such great difficulties in negotiating comprehensive international agreements which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently? On the issue of climate change, what has happened globally? How have countries’ positions changed over time, and why? During this course we will follow the developments of climate change negotiations in real-time; we will observe and evaluate developments as they happen. Students of this course will learn the history of the UNFCCC’s work, in an attempt to understand the complexities of negotiation and implementation. Some countries and groups will be examined more specifically. The interaction between political process and scientific research will also be investigated.
7.5 ECTS
Uppsala
This course runs during the entire semester
Instructor: Andreas Carlgren

Theology of the Icons

The course examines theology and history of pictorial art in the Eastern Church. Considerable emphasis is given to the Eastern Christian understanding of the role of the icon in liturgy and private prayer. A comparative study is made between the main trends of Eastern and Western
religious pictorial art.
7,5 ECTS, Theology
Partial distance
Intructor: Taras Tymo

 

Theology and Film

The course is directed to those who wish to study and critically analyze modern film and the significance of religious, ethical, philosophical and other ideas in these cultural expressions. The course is based on an interplay between analysis in cinema studies and theology. Popular films and artistic films are considered. Sequences from current films will be introduced and analyzed during the course. Course participants will practice their ability to report on and analyze film content, as well as to discern and discuss their religious and worldviews.
7,5 ECTS, Theology
Partial distance
Intructor: Philip Geister

MODULE 2, 11/6-1/12

Logic and Argumentation

Ämnen: Filosofi, Kurser på engelska

Traditional logic has its roots in Aristotle, who investigated the validity of arguments by studying their formal structure. The question of what separates a valid from an invalid argument, as well as good from bad argumentation is one of the central problems in modern logic. In order to answer this question, arguments expressed in natural languages are translated into formal languages of symbolic logic. In this way, the logical structure stands out more clearly. In this course, two such formal languages are studied: propositional and predicate logic. The course will investigate different ways of evaluating the validity of arguments comprising propositions in these languages. Lastly, the course will consider the question of what symbolic logic can and cannot tell us about the validity of arguments in different areas of argumentation, especially in theology.
7.5 ECTS
Uppsala: xx
Partial distance with classroom instruction in Uppsala: xx
Instructor: Taeda Tomic

 

Courses Spring 2017

MODULE 3, 1/16–3/24

Church History, I

This course delves into the history of Christianity from the birth of the first Church in Jerusalem through the spread of the Good News within the Roman Empire, and beyond to the ”edges of the world” (up to the 16th century). We are going to explore the process of the formation of the Christian tradition and Church teaching. We will also discover the challenges and changes in the internal and external life of the Church from its earliest periods up to the late medieval period. In this context, we will discuss the primary sources based on their criticism and learn to use different historical methods. We will also look at persons and events that have been important for the future development of Christianity in different regions. Special attention will be given to understanding the forces which led to divisions within the Church, especially between Eastern and Western Christianity and the attempts to restore Church unity. For the course readings, we will use mostly English translations of the source texts.
7.5 ECTS, Theology
Stockholm and partial distance
Instructor: Svitlana Hurkina

International Climate Change Negotiations

Why are there such great difficulties in negotiating comprehensive international agreements which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently? On the issue of climate change, what has happened globally? How have countries’ positions changed over time, and why? During this course we will follow the developments of climate change negotiations in real-time; we will observe and evaluate developments as they happen. Students of this course will learn the history of the UNFCCC’s work, in an attempt to understand the complexities of negotiation and implementation. Some countries and groups will be examined more specifically. The interaction between political process and scientific research will also be investigated.
7.5 ECTS
Uppsala
This course runs during the entire semester
Instructor: Andreas Carlgren

Philosophy of Science with Natural Philosophy

The sciences occupy a prominent place in contemporary thinking, as well as in today’s society in general. In this course we will take a closer look at the different sciences’ knowledge claims and methods. In what sense can science be said to provide knowledge? What claim do sciences make to describe reality? And what are the possibilities and limitations of the scientific method? Only through such an analysis can scientific knowledge claims be compared to knowledge claims in other areas.
7.5 ECTS, PHILOSOPHY
Stockholm and partial distance
Instructor: Erik Åkerlund

Theology and Film

The course is directed to those who wish to study and critically analyze modern film and the significance of religious, ethical, philosophical and other ideas in these cultural expressions. The course is based on an interplay between analysis in cinema studies and theology. Popular films and artistic films are considered. Sequences from current films will be introduced and analyzed during the course. Course participants will practice their ability to report on and analyze film content, as well as to discern and discuss their religious and worldviews.
7,5 ECTS, Theology
Uppsala and partial distance
Intructor: Philip Geister

Civic Courage in Theory and Practice

Sophie Scholl left her classes to secretly distribute pamphlets against Adolf Hitler; eleven-year-old Malala Yousafzai lived amidst the Taliban while blogging about their brutality. Human history is filled with individuals who were ready to take risks for a common good. What motivated them? What were the effects of their civic courage? What can our bravest contemporaries and fallen heroes teach us about how to live? The course includes site visits and in-class interviews with socially engaged guests in Stockholm and Uppsala.
7,5 ECTS, Philosophy
Uppsala
Intructor: Brian Palmer

MODULE 4, 3/28–6/3

Franciscan Spirituality: From Francis, the Little Poor One, to Ecology Today

The name that the current Pope has adopted, Francis, after Francis of Assisi, illustrates how relevant Franciscan Spirituality is in our time. This course will provide historical and source-critical portraits of Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi and Bonaventure. It will put their lives into a wider context. The life of Francis will also be interpreted through a narrative perspective. Using recent scholarly writings, the course will articulate how Jesus Christ, creation, evolution, ecology and contemplation interrelate. The ways in which ideals of poverty (or a simple life-style), choices based on values, spirituality and environmental sustainability are connected, will be demonstrated.
7.5 ETCS, Theology
Uppsala
Instructor: Fredrik Heiding

Science and Religion

The relationship between religion and science will be studied from both a historic as well as a systematic perspective. Some historical cases which demonstrate both conflict and synergy between science and religion will be treated. Different ways of viewing scientific methods and their scope, such as for example Kuhn’s paradigm theory and reductionist scientism, will be related to questions about the hermeneutics of religious convictions. In particular, issues of the relevance of contemporary cosmology and biology to the religious interpretations of reality will be highlighted.
7.5 ETCS, Philosophy
Uppsala and partial distance
Coordinators: Ulf Jonsson and Erik Åkerlund

Theological Ethics

Every day headlines jar us with news about profound ethical issues. All of us face moral dilemmas. But just how do we make our moral decisions? The individualism of our culture tells us that each person must decide for himself or herself. Some religious traditions stress following the law. In our course, we will consider a third approach in the Christian tradition that attempts to combine the best of both philosophical and theological perspectives. The course treats important themes in the intersection of theology (with special attention to Scripture), philosophical reflection, and human experience. We will also consider what is called “virtue ethics.” Finally we will discuss topics chosen by the class, leading us to wrestle with this question: How can we oppose evil without creating new evils and being made evil ourselves?
7.5 ETCS, Theology
Uppsala
Instructor: Kenneth Overberg

What is Nature?

Nature is an ambiguous term. What it refers to is quite different in natural science, literature, philosophy or theology. This course will explore the use of the concept of “nature” in different academic fields, trying to identify what is particular to its understanding in each context. A focus of the course will be the hermeneutics of nature, i.e. how we access knowledge on nature, how we experience it and how this experience interacts with our concepts of it. The course will attempt to find a common denominator for an interdisciplinary understanding of nature as well as trying to offer an ecological outlook, re-formulating our relationship to nature.
7.5 ETCS
Uppsala
Instructor: Philip Geister