a new term at school has begun for me this week. I'm happy to announce that I finished last term with 4 A grades and a B+ (philosophy of language, the one I complained about all term… I ended up doing a really good paper; perhaps I'll post it). This term, I have a really great schedule, all my classes are only once a week for 2-2.5 hours. I love it! I find it so much more enjoyable to go to class when it's only once a week. My classes are all very interesting so far, and I'm looking forward to doing a lot of the readings and even some assignments. So far, I have one class that doesn't require me to write a paper, and four that do not require exams! I am a good paper writer, so that suits me just fine. I have six in all, and here's a short rundown of the subjects I"ll be covering (I also updated the links under the Current Curriculum section on the sidebar):
- Philosophy of Religion: this should be an interesting class. We're looking at the big 3 monotheistic religions (christianity, judaism, and islam), and covering such subjects as the problem of evil, faith and reason, and whether religion is necessary for morality.
- Freedom, Action and Responsibility: this class is actually a nice complement to Philosophy of Religion, I think, as it deals with metaphysical questions of free will vs. determinism, and the impact these theories have on whether one can be held responsible for one's actions.
- Topics in Feminist Philosophy: Relational Autonomy: relational autonomy is the theory that people are not individuals in the traditional libertarian sense, but rather beings that exist in relation to one another. Individuality is built through membership in interdependent groups, and so relational autonomy conflicts with the traditional notion of individual liberty and freedom, which focusses on the independence of individuals.
- Politics of Health Care: this class is all about health care policy in Canada, and we'll look at issues such as health care reform, health care funding, human resources shortages, and the impact of the Canadian Health Act on the Charter of Rights.
- Human Rights: Philosophical Issues: this is actually a political science class, but I'm happy to take a more philosophical approach, since it's my background. This class will look at human rights from a liberal political point of view.
- Feminist Perspectives in Anthropology and Sociology: this may be the class that comes easiest for me. It's a Gender and Women's Studies class, and it's all about looking at social issues through a feminist lens. That's what I do every day.
so, that's it in a nutshell. I'm sure I'll write more about them all as the term goes along! I'm already trying to plan my spring and summer courses! I want next year to be as easy as possible so I can write my honours thesis in relative peace!