How can we explain kindness and cruelty? Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? Why do people so often disagree about moral issues? This course explores the psychological foundations of our moral lives.
One of those academic courses that stays away from reality. Professor Bloom actually pointed out that this is intentional. He doesn't want to discuss controversial topics as they initiate fights and anger on forums . Consequently, the knowledge is limited to the lab.
Dear professor, the life is complicated and controversial .
It should be the duty of any school to get students ready for it.
In 3 weeks I haven't learnt anything new except for an interesting theory on differences in chimps and bonobos societies.
I don't know if I'm going to continue with this course. Have had enough of the experiments on animals. How moral is it?
Few students mentioned an upcoming course on human behaviour. Read an introduction and watched couple of videos with the instructor, loved it.
See you at "A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior" !
Genevievecompleted this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I finished this course like you finish a great book: with sadness of leaving it behind and happiness of having it within. I did take a lot of notes and researched further the topics and arguments presented but that was pure joy, really. I really liked that they kept things simple. Prof Bloom was fun and easy to follow. I'd love a part 2.
Laurachurchercompleted this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Really enjoyed this course - this was not a subject I had any familiarity with and I thought it was a great introduction to ethics and the philosophical study of morality. There was a good variety of articles in the readings and guest lectures. Would love there to be more material than there was.
Haileycompleted this course, spending 1 hours a week on it.
I was not able to access the quiz material (free version) so I don't know how difficult the course is. However, I found the material very interesting and the lectures made good use of various resources. A bit long- I watched the videos on double speed and was able to catch the information well.
Maximecompleted this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Both informative and entertaining. Professor Bloom is very good at capturing his audience and listening to him is was a real pleasure.
Owing to lack of time, I didn't participate in forum discussions, but just watching the course videos and browsing complementary resources proved very valuable. I have prof. Bloom's book in my chart for further reading and I'll definitely look for other courses / talks from him.
Elizabethcompleted this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course was fascinating! I audited this course with a friend and months later we are still discussing it. It provides insights into so many facets of life, illuminates the psychology behind social phenomena and ourselves.
Teresacompleted this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Extremely interesting course focusing mostly on the psychology of morality. It goes into a bit of the philosophy and evolution of morality, and I wish it would have gone into more depth on these subjects.