Ethics of Care (2020/2021)

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Carlo Chiurco
Carlo Chiurco
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Sem. 1A dal Sep 21, 2020 al Oct 31, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

1) Knowledge and understanding of the psychological theories on the fundamental processes, according to which individuals interact with, and adapt to, their material and social environment; 2) Knowledge and understanding of the theories on psychological dynamics within working environments and in organisations, including personal motivations, satisfaction, and well-being; 3) Knowledge and understanding of work processes, the legal aspects that regulate them, and related ethical aspects; 4) Applying the different perspectives of law, sociology of work, ethics and anthropology to read and understand diversity and migration, in order to favor and support processes of social and cultural inclusion. SPECIFIC LEARNING OUTCOMES. a) To develop the ability to autonomously express statements about the different ways human interaction occurs within a social and material environment from an ethical perspective. In particular, students will focus on human self-realization (both as individuals and as a society) in the practical sphere, especially at work; b) To develop sufficient communicative skills and comprehension abilities so to enable students to apply general ethical notions to some of the main moral issues of present-day world, especially inclusivity, defense of pluralism, and valorization of difference(s).


The course consists of two parts:
- The first studies the main ethical models and the main philosophical reflections on the great ethical issues;
- The second is devoted to the analysis of a relevant contemporary ethical issue.
This year, the course will take inspiration from the traumatic experience of the pandemic, which is still going on, to analyze the history and the meaning of “care” from all perspectives. What does “caring” and “curing” mean from the perspective of medicine? When, exactly, may we speak of “health” and “illness”? Furthermore, pandemics has shown beyond any possible doubt that caring is always directed toward everyone and everything: the future is about taking care of our planet, not only of ourselves.

Classes will be held physically and/or, in case of protracted emergency, virtually, using the tools provided by the university. They consist of reading and discussing texts of different authors and periods (such activities may also include the usage of slides), and also movie projections. In this way, students may grasp the various conceptions and subjects dealt with during the course, as well as a critically based approach to the texts of the course that takes into account a proper historical and hermeneutical background.
Students who cannot attend classes are not asked to follow a different program.
Beside reading the course texts, students are required to listen to the audio files of the classes found on the university e-learning website.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Hans-Georg Gadamer Dove si nasconde la salute Cortina 1994 I capitoli: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 10.
Linda Napolitano, Carlo Chiurco (eds.) Senza corona. A più voci sulla pandemia QuiEdit 2020 978-88-6464-584-1 Tutti i saggi tranne quello di Da Re.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final examination will consist of a written test, which will comprise ten multi-choice questions (only one answer is correct, for a score of 1/30 each) and two open questions (maximum score 10/30 each), aimed to ascertain students’ knowledge on the following topics: 1) history of Western ethics; 2) knowledge on the subjects dealt with in the second part of the course.
The same rules apply for students who do NOT attend the classes. The test will last two hours.
As a consequence of the persistence of the emergency determined by the CoViD-19 pandemic, the modality of the final examination might change: in this case, students will be informed in advance of any modification that might occur.