Power and Responsibility: Doing Philosophy with Superheroes

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Power and Responsibility: Doing Philosophy with Superheroes

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Power and Responsibility: Doing Philosophy with Superheroes
The course Power and Responsibility: Doing Philosophy with Superheroes is an online class provided by The Smithsonian Institution through edX. The skill level of the course is Introductory. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Pow! Bang! Kaboom!  Power and Responsibility: Doing Philosophy with Superheroes, a SmithsonianX and Harvard Division of Continuing Education course, blends superheroes narratives with the core areas of philosophy.
Course description
Pow! Bang! Kaboom! Superhero stories, first arriving on the scene in the late 1930s, are now among the most popular forms of global entertainment. The study of philosophy has been around for centuries.  Power and Responsibility: Doing Philosophy with Superheroes, a SmithsonianX and Harvard Division of Continuing Education course, blends these superheroes narratives with the core areas of philosophy.SmithsonianX has partnered with the Harvard Division of Continuing Education to bring this course from the Harvard Extension School to edX. This introductory philosophy course, led by Professor Christopher Robichaud of the Harvard Kennedy School, offers an exciting lens to interpret key philosophical ideas — metaphysics and epistemology, social and political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of mind, existentialism, moral relativism, and much more. From Superman’s embrace of truth, justice, and the American way to Wonder Woman’s efforts at promoting peace rather than war, from Spider-Man’s personal struggles at balancing his romantic life with his crime fighting exploits to the X-Men’s social struggles with combating prejudice, Power and Responsibility: Doing Philosophy with Superheroes will give you the chance to explore philosophy through the many superhero narratives via videos, readings, and a meaningful course community. We invite both those new to philosophy and philosophy lovers to join us on this journey!

Prerequisites & Facts

Power and Responsibility: Doing Philosophy with Superheroes

Course Topic

Art and Culture, Ethics, Philosophy and Ethics

University, College, Institution

The Smithsonian Institution

Course Skill Level

Introductory

Course Language

English

Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)

Degree

Certificate

Degree & Cost

Power and Responsibility: Doing Philosophy with Superheroes

To obtain a verified certificate from edX / The Smithsonian Institution you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate (49.00 USD) or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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School: The Smithsonian Institution
Topic: Art and Culture, Ethics, Philosophy and Ethics
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