840057 :Evil


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Lectures (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Written Examination (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Inschrijven via Blackboard voor aanvang colleges
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dr. D.J.M.S. Janssens (coördinator)

prof. dr. A.L. Smeulers

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

After completing the course “Evil”, the student is able:

    1. To discuss a number of key theories and concepts in social psychology, sociology and criminology.
    2. To compare three major positions and their respective representatives in philosophical-ethical theory (virtue ethics, deontological ethics and consequentialist ethics);
    3. To apply the theories and concepts mentioned in 1-3 to historical and contemporary cases.
    4. To use these social scientific and philosophical concepts and theories in order to reflect on evil as a social, psychological and ethical phenomenon.
    5. To compare and contrast the various social-psychological and philosophic-ethical perspectives on historical and contemporary cases
    6. To combine the sociological, psychological and philosophical-ethical theories in assignments.
    7. To read, analyze and interpret major works in sociology, psychology and philosophical ethics.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course explores evil as a social, psychological and ethical phenomenon. It raises questions such as:

-       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, psychology and criminology) 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.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

For non-LAS students the number of places in this course is limited. For registration, please contact Tessa Leesen (t.g.leesen@tilburguniversity.edu) at least three weeks prior to the start of the course.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. TBA

Aanbevolen literatuur

  1. TBA

Gewenste voorkennis

Verplicht voor

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Humanities: European History and Culture ( 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Social Sciences ( 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )