3807702: CF_Philosophy and Human Values

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Semester:WS 14/15
Scheduled in semester:1-6
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:30.0 L / 22.5 h
Self-directed study time:67.5 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Bachelor's degree programme in Business Administration (01.09.2012)
Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)
Bachelor's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)


This course looks at a wide range of philosophical topics that deal with human relations to the world from an ethical perspective. Those relations concern here in particular: the environment, political authority, art, and culture. Hence, topics touch on mainly environmental ethics (sustainability), aesthetics (beauty and goodness), political ethics (legitimacy of the state, ethics of redistribution), ethics of culture (cultural relativism vs. universalism, dialogue across cultures), etc.
Our focus will be on cornerstone philosophical theories and insights that are useful for understanding not only our relations to the world, but also our obligations and responsibility. To achieve that we'll engage with great philosophers and assess their arguments against the background of our contemporary questions.
Challenging reading materials will help access deep philosophical insights that are needed to understand complex moral and socio-political issues.

This course is meant to bring forth the relevance of a philosophical thinking in matters that concern our everyday practical lives. By investigating the foundations of the above-mentioned issues, we'll be better equipped to understand the world around us and formulate clear and well-articulated answers and opinions about matters that concern us all.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Describe and familiarize with traditional and contemporary philosophical theories, particularly their ethical aspects.
  • Understand how philosophical insights and theories may be applied to real-life situations and how they can be helpful to tackle them.
  • Identify the connections between theoretical reflections and practical applications.
  • Formulate well-articulated positions and develop a critical thinking about moral and socio-political issues.


Lectures Method

Lectures, discussions, presentations

Admission Requirements







Passed / failed


Cross-faculty elective subject:
Notice the special Multi-stage allocation process.


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