2020 Courses

  • Summer Session 2020 courses will be added throughout the winter.

Course description

This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

What sets us apart, and brings us together, as humans – and what are the socio-political implications? Seeking understanding, this course is an odyssey onto the human condition and its politics, honing together a new theoretical-empirical lens: political existentialism. As a philosophy, existentialism examines mortal man’s search for meaning in a meaningless universe. Most philosophers ask, “what is the good life?” and answer: to feel good, or to be good, or to do good. Existentialism asks, “what is life good for?” and is still searching for answers. A host of fascinating quandaries emerge from this quest: Are we truly different than animals and machines? What does it mean to “be yourself”? What’s the difference between freedom and liberty? Should we pursue happiness? Why do we yield to fear and anxiety? What are the roles of reflection, truth and morality in our society and politics? Is God dead, but religion alive? Can we defeat alienation? Is love all we need? How much can, and should, we hope for? In this course, utilizing edX HOPE online course, we will address these questions, and then some more. We shall examine, one by one, a dozen themes, on both the individual/universal level and the socio-political plane: Human/nature, identity & authenticity, freedom, reflection, happiness, death & dread, meaning, morality, truth & trust, God & religion, alienation & love, and finally – hope.


Summer 2020:

Section ID:GOVT 3686 001-LEC
Program:What Makes us Human?
Class dates:June 1-19, 2020
Due date:Friday June 19, 9 AM - 1 PM / Other, Off-Campus (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 9 AM - 1 PM / Other, Off-Campus
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Abulof, U. (ua42)
Max. enroll:16
Notes:This course will take place in DC.
To enroll:See What Makes us Human? for enrollment information.

Summer 2020: Online course

Section ID:GOVT 3686 002-LEC
Class dates:June 22-July 10, 2020
Due date:Friday July 10, 11:59 PM (see Final exams)
Time / room:Online course
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Abulof, U. (ua42)
Max. enroll:20
  This is an online course. Please review the online course FAQs.
To enroll:To enroll, complete and submit a course enrollment form and your payment to the Summer Session office. For more information, see enrollment and registration. Please note that late registration fees may apply.

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