general material


July 29: General Introduction

July 30–August 5: Class Discussions and Readings (Topics Below)

August 6–8: Project Preparation for Presentation

August 8-9: Class presentations

Lecture Slides


The concluding project for the class should explain how your values apply to a specific ethical question. (Roughly, you might think about an "ethical" question as one that can be answered in a "should" or "ought" sentence, or a sentence about what's good or bad, or beautiful or ugly). 

The project has two components:

  1. Prepare a submission that comments on your ethical question.

    • Your submission may include one or more media; for example, written, visual (including visual art), video, audio, material.

    • Whatever media are included, include a written component that explains what you are doing in your project.

    • Send your submission to me (, and let me know whether you are happy for it to be shared with the class under password.

  2. Prepare to present your question for 5-10 minutes to the class on the final two days of class, and expect some discussion. (Note that the live presentation is optional; if you would prefer another mode of sharing your project, please check in with the instructor).

Other notes:

  • You're welcome to collaborate with others in formulating your question and developing your project.

  • We'll be using time during the second week to prepare projects; do come to the classroom at 9am each day, but feel free to work outside the classroom during class time (for example, to capture footage, take photographs, work with library books). Just let me know where you're going.

Readings (tentative)

See the course syllabus for a full list of links.

The Value of life

environmental ethics

animal rights

Further readings are linked from the course syllabus.

Day 1: values and challenges


Our values (July 29, 2019)

Our values (July 29, 2019)

Our challenges

Our challenges (July 29, 2019)

Our challenges (July 29, 2019)