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2018 Northwestern Summer Session Classes


Northwestern University offers more than 300 courses during the summer quarter. Whether you're a current Northwestern student or visiting from another university, Summer at Northwestern is a great way to get ahead or catch up on courses. Undergraduate and graduate courses are offered in the subjects below and are flexibly scheduled – ranging from three to eight weeks and taught during the day, evenings and on weekends. Intensive language and science sequences compress three quarters of academic content into one summer, allowing you to earn a year’s worth of credit in your chosen subject.

Summer Session Courses

PHIL 110-0 Introduction to Philosophy

All of us hold philosophical views, even if we have never examined them, and these views inform the ways in which we decide to live our lives. As reflective beings, we naturally want to understand who we are, what the world is like, and what the value of our lives is. Philosophy helps us answer those fundamental questions. In this class we will address some perennial philosophical questions by looking at both classical and contemporary readings. Some of the questions we will explore are Does God exist?, What is knowledge?, What is personal identity?, How do we decide right from wrong?, and What is the meaning of life? Hopefully, thinking about these questions will help you be able to explain and defend your own philosophical views.

Summer 2018 Sec #26
06/25/18 - 07/29/18 MW 2 – 5 p.m.
Evanston Campus Open
PHIL 225-0 Minds and Machines

This course is about the nature of the mind, and in particular the nature of emotions. We will focus on questions about computational approaches to understanding the human mind, and the possibility of fully minded artificial intelligence. Throughout the course our focus will be on problems that arise when we think about emotions and the ways in which a better understanding of emotions can help us grasp what it is to have a mind and what that might mean for the future of artificial intelligence.

Summer 2018 Sec #25
06/25/18 - 07/29/18 TuTh 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Evanston Campus Open
PHIL 260-0 Introduction to Moral Philosophy

Moral questions—about right and wrong, good and evil, virtue and vice—are not questions only our leaders, representatives, and legal system have to worry about. In our daily lives, too, we are surrounded by them. We may ask ourselves: Should I change how I’m living for the good of myself and those around me? How do I tell my children about what’s good and bad behavior? How do I know when I've been wronged—or when I've wronged others? Further, we might wonder: What is the good life? And, am I a good person? Generally, philosophers have attempted to answer these difficult questions by using reason and carefully crafted arguments. In the readings for this course, we’ll see ways in which philosophers—ancient, modern, and contemporary—have sought to provide answers to moral questions using these methods. Then, we’ll begin to evaluate these attempts both in our discussion in class and in our writing for this course. Ultimately, students will begin to develop philosophical positions of their own on moral issues and defend them using philosophical argumentation.

Summer 2018 Sec #1
06/25/18 - 08/05/18 MW 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Evanston Campus Open
PHIL 269-0 Bioethics

An analysis of the ethical issues that arise as a result of developments in medicine and biotechnology. Topics considered will include cloning and stem cell transplantation, human and animal research, new reproductive technologies, the definition of death, abortion, euthanasia, and the allocation of resources.

This course counts toward the Weinberg College Ethics and Values distribution requirement, Area V.

Summer 2018 Sec #25
06/25/18 - 07/29/18 MW 4 – 7 p.m.
Evanston Campus Open