Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ing. Marek Vranka (24.01.2023)
In this course, we examine what may be the most distinctive feature of humanity—our pervasive capacity for moral cognition. We will consider both the evolutionary and cultural foundations of morality. We will focus on the underlying mental processes that guide moral judgments and decision-making. This interdisciplinary course will include research in social, cognitive and developmental psychology, as well as social and affective neuroscience, political science, communications, and philosophy.
This course will also deal with a variety of issues which fall under the rubric of “taboos”. A “taboo” subject is different than a controversial subject. The latter is amenable to vigorous discussion, so long as all sides are presented. The former is deemed inappropriate for any discussion.
You will read about the major theoretical debates and empirical developments in the area of moral psychology by reading classic and contemporary articles. You will share cutting edge research with your peers. You will have the chance to lead discussion on your favorite topic(s) in the field and ask questions about other topics. After completion of the course, you will be well versed in the primary issues and debates involved in the scientific study of morality and their applications to situations in every-day life, as well as politics, marketing and journalism.