PSYC 1020

Moral Minds

Moral Minds
We have all “taken one for the team,” stood loyally by friends, overcome desires to cheat, and helped others before ourselves. We have also all stretched the truth to make ourselves look better, treated others intolerantly, and given preferential treatment to a friend. What motivates us to act in these moral and immoral ways? Are these actions guided by emotion or by reason? Are certain moral ideals respected by people universally? What makes something “moral” in the first place? In this course, we will grapple with these issues by exploring moral psychology from developmental, evolutionary, and cultural perspectives in psychology using primary sources. We will apply theories and concepts in moral psychology to Supreme Court cases, while also becoming attuned to the subtle, often unnoticed patterning of moral psychology in our everyday lives. We will use a variety of formats to address these issues, including theoretical and empirical readings, student-led discussions, essays, small group projects, and oral presentations. This course counts as elective credit towards the Psychology major.
Social Sciences
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Winter 2020

PSYC1020A-W20 Lecture (DiBianca Fasoli)

Winter 2017

PSYC1020A-W17 Lecture (DiBianca Fasoli)

Winter 2015

PSYC1020A-W15 Lecture (DiBianca Fasoli)

Winter 2013

PSYC1020A-W13 Lecture (DiBianca Fasoli)