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Approx. 15 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English, Romanian, Spanish

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 10-15 hours of videos and assignments...

English

Subtitles: English, Romanian, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Introduction

...
1 video (Total 7 min), 5 readings
5 readings
Course Overview10m
Overview of Videos10m
Effective Altruism Resources10m
Discussion Forum Guidelines10m
Keep in Touch10m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Getting Started

In this week, we will give those of you who do not have a background in philosophy, or who need a refresher, an opportunity to study two areas of ethics: meta-ethics and normative ethical theories....
12 videos (Total 153 min), 2 readings
12 videos
Subjectivism4m
Cultural Relativism13m
Objectivism19m
Religion and Ethics9m
Introduction to Consequentialism11m
Utilitarianism13m
Objections to Utilitarianism and Possible Utilitarian Responses15m
Deontology15m
Exceptionless Moral Rules8m
Natural Law Ethics10m
Absolute Rights or Prima Facie Duties17m
2 readings
Topic Introduction: Meta-Ethics10m
Topic Introduction: Normative Ethical Theories10m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Poverty and Affluence, Part 1

What obligations do the affluent have towards those who live in extreme poverty? In this week, we look at one distinct argument based on consequentialist ethics, and also begin the discussion of the effectiveness of aid programs. This week also includes a conversation with Raymond Offenheiser. ...
7 videos (Total 72 min), 2 readings
7 videos
The Affluent, the Poor and the Rule of Easy Rescue14m
Objections to the Pond Analogy 15m
The Effectiveness of Aid4m
What is Poverty?8m
Helping People Solve Their Own Problems10m
Evaluating Oxfam's Work12m
2 readings
Topic Introduction: The Pond Story10m
Topic Introduction: Discussion with Raymond Offenheiser10m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Poverty and Affluence, Part 2

In this week we discuss poverty as human rights violations. You will also find a conversation with Dean Karlan about effective solutions to poverty problems in this week....
5 videos (Total 66 min), 2 readings
5 videos
Institutional Human Rights Violations20m
Why 'Does Aid Work?' is the Wrong Question to Ask12m
What Works?15m
Heart Plus Mind6m
2 readings
Topic Introduction: Poverty as Human Rights Violations10m
Topic Introduction: Discussion with Dean Karlan10m
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By JBJan 23rd 2018

Excellent material on a much needed topic. The course brought together a good number of strong and important ideas, well backed by research and with very interesting and relevant guest speakers.

By LCApr 19th 2017

What a wonderful course. It gives each of us a way to help in the best possible manner. One would think that only serious philanthropists can help when in fact every single person can.

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Peter Singer

Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics
University Center for Human Values

About Princeton University

Princeton University is a private research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. It is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, and one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution....

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