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COURSE: Altruism

Course Code: MCPB002, Category: Mini-Course, Status: Active

Dan Fournier
Instructor: Dan Fournier, read his bio...
Course Summary: In this short course, you will begin by exploring the meaning and nature of selfishness and selflessness, then differentiating between selflessness, compassion, and empathy. After that, you will get the opportunity to watch and analyze a wonderful short (international) film on the subject in order to gain a deeper understanding about the true nature of altruism. Finally, you will get to brainstorm and propose an altruistic endeavor.
Course Aims:
  • explore the meaning and nature of selfishness and selflessness and write about them in a discussion forum
  • differentiate between selflessness, compassion, and empathy
  • watch and analyze an international short film
  • learned about a foreign culture (Singapore)
  • learned about the roots and essence of altruism
  • brainstorme and propose an altruistic endeavor
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Philosophy Bites: Altruism
  • Presentation (PDF)
  • Short film (video)
  • Group Discussion
Minimum of 2 students, maximum of 20


Details: The course will be given online on the Schoology platform. It will consist of a main Presentation and supporting documents (in PDF format), a short film (video), as well as a discussion forum for student participation, interaction, and writing.

Joining the Course: If you wish to join this course, you must email dan stating you'd like to join the course. Spots may be limited; they will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the course is full, you can be given priority for the next available section. Upon the email reply, you will be given an ACCESS-CODE; you must then go to schoology.com and enter the access-code to sign-up. Then, you will be all set to access the related materials get started on the course. You will also need to sign-up for the Discussion Group...