Moralities of Everyday Life

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How can we explain kindness and cruelty? Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? Why do people so often disagree about moral issues? This course explores the psychological foundations of our moral lives.
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 86 reviews
  • 77 completed
5 years, 6 months ago
What an amazing course! Like other courses on hot topics (the 'Justice' one on EdX being a prime example), this course tackles the hard topic of human morality with good taste, balance and elegance. Other terrible courses (Like the 'Critical Thinking in Global Challenges' one) could learn a lot from this course about how to approach issues with a deep sense of respect for disagreement and opposing positions. The lecturer is an extraordinary communicator that totally got what a MOOC should be. He put together a very thorough syllabus (for an introductory course) that will provide beginners with an extensive overlook on the topic, and simultaneously give the more advanced learner a useful systematization of research done in this area. There is no way anyone can get out of this course feeling like they have lost their time. I absolutely recommend it to everyone - after all, who would not be interested in a competent course on such an im... What an amazing course! Like other courses on hot topics (the 'Justice' one on EdX being a prime example), this course tackles the hard topic of human morality with good taste, balance and elegance. Other terrible courses (Like the 'Critical Thinking in Global Challenges' one) could learn a lot from this course about how to approach issues with a deep sense of respect for disagreement and opposing positions. The lecturer is an extraordinary communicator that totally got what a MOOC should be. He put together a very thorough syllabus (for an introductory course) that will provide beginners with an extensive overlook on the topic, and simultaneously give the more advanced learner a useful systematization of research done in this area. There is no way anyone can get out of this course feeling like they have lost their time. I absolutely recommend it to everyone - after all, who would not be interested in a competent course on such an important and interesting topic as morality? You should know that the evaluation consists of quizzes, which are very easy if you pay attention to the videos. All the answers are there. They require you to think - but that is a good thing. You should also be aware that the approach followed is that of psychology,not philosophy (although there is also some dabbling in philosophical theories - something for everyone!). Overall, the only reason why I don't give it 5 stars is because the course is much too short. 6 weeks flew by without even noticing. A couple of extra weeks would allow the course to branch into other dimensions that would make it even more awesome. Also, a peer-assessed essay would have been a nice touch given the nature of the course. In any case, a solid course that everyone should check out.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 4 months ago
We are very lucky that there are people like Prof. Bloom who will tackle such controversial topics in a worldwide open forum. Absolutely intriguing course. Highly recommend.
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4 years, 9 months ago
Great course, very thought provoking.
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4 years, 10 months ago
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  • 17 completed
5 years, 3 months ago
Great course about ethics based mainly around moral psychology. Professor Bloom ties ends between evolutionary psychology and social imposed ethics, and has a ton of very interesting experiments' results. Its a nice complementary course to "A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior", which is more focused on behaviour than moral decisions in particular.
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5 years, 4 months ago
Fantastic course! This course was enjoyable, entertaining, and very informative. As a novice to the topic I found the introduction to topics and concepts very easy to follow. This is one of the better MOOCs I have come across. It is easy to feel included in the learning process, with very active discussion forums. The course material was presented very well, and we were given many opportunities and pointers to further our knowledge with outside resources. Paul Bloom has a very engaging lecture style, and it is really easy to get caught up in his enthusiasm for the subject.
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5 years, 4 months ago
Brilliant and motivating course, amazing lecturer, good quizzes that made one keep up with the content. This is the best MOOC (out of 15) I have taken. Fair grading. Discussion on the forums can get heated, but rather than upset, it reflects how others have very different values from those we spend time with on a daily basis.
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  • 12 reviews
  • 11 completed
5 years, 4 months ago
Very interesting and good course. The instructor had chosen very relevant examples and was able to connect with the audience very well
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 6 months ago
Excellent course! I highly recommend the course because the lectures given by Paul Bloom and the readings (some of which are videos) cover fascinating and thought provoking topics.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 6 months ago
Most enjoyable class I've taken, excellent thought provoking lectures. Wished it went for longer. Some more challenging quizzes would have been nice as well.
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5 years, 6 months ago
Fantastic course for anyone interested in psychology, philosophy, behavioral economics and related. Deeply interesting lectures and readings; I wasn't bored for a single minute of this course. I wish it was [much!] longer so that it could go more in depth.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 6 months ago
Great course. Inspiring and challenging ideas. Made the knowledge acquired a weekly discussion point in my family as I was willing and impatient to share the ideas. I was moderately experienced with the subject as have degree in political science. Found the quizzes not very difficult even without taking notes. Found out some new names for me to follow. Highly recommended.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
5 years, 7 months ago
This is such an interesting course! It is challenging, but that makes the accomplishment of doing well on the quizzes all the more fulfilling!
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5 years, 6 months ago
Even though it is too early to write a review,i am too excited about this Course. The subject of the course is amazing,Moralities of Life. The professor is a very good lecturer that can keep you focused all the time. Didn't spend so much time in Forums so i can't tell much about it. Only flaw i can found is the quizzes section.You have only 1 try for every quiz.Even though are not very hard,it would be nicer to have a second try even with different questions. Anyway even for auditing this is a great course until now.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
5 years, 7 months ago
There's two sides to the moral problems: 1-what's good and what's bad? 2-why do we think something is good or bad? this course generally talks about the second problem (i.e. how we think about the morality) and I love the approach. Really interesting lectures and material.
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3/10 starsDropped
  • 91 reviews
  • 66 completed
4 years, 7 months ago
The material in this course is worth 5 stars. Lots of entertaining and thought/feeling provocative material. I don't need to right much here because it is so obvious from viewing even 1 or 2 videos. Unfortunately the professor's grading/assessment philosophy is worth 0 stars and this is not nearly so obvious. Worse than that, the forums are a battleground with a lot of negative people on them. This is under control of the professor, but I see no indication he is doing enough about it. I have compiled extensive downvoting statistics on 31 MOOCs in a broad range of topics (some quite controversial) and no Coursera MOOC comes close to the amount of downvoting on this moralities class. The forums get a 0 and given that a great value from this class can be discussions with students, that seriously impacts my grade of this MOOC. If you still insist on enrolling in this class (because the videos and reading material is so excellent), my rec... The material in this course is worth 5 stars. Lots of entertaining and thought/feeling provocative material. I don't need to right much here because it is so obvious from viewing even 1 or 2 videos. Unfortunately the professor's grading/assessment philosophy is worth 0 stars and this is not nearly so obvious. Worse than that, the forums are a battleground with a lot of negative people on them. This is under control of the professor, but I see no indication he is doing enough about it. I have compiled extensive downvoting statistics on 31 MOOCs in a broad range of topics (some quite controversial) and no Coursera MOOC comes close to the amount of downvoting on this moralities class. The forums get a 0 and given that a great value from this class can be discussions with students, that seriously impacts my grade of this MOOC. If you still insist on enrolling in this class (because the videos and reading material is so excellent), my recommendation is to download the material, skip the absurd quizzes and then unenroll. Back to the grading: The professor seems content that half the class fails. This was made clear in two of the three largest threads in the class during the first two weeks. In 50 odd MOOCs, 80% of them on Coursera, I have only seen one MOOC that was harder to pass the weekly assignments (pass means you are on target to get a certificate). That MOOC was done that way because the necessary material actually is hard to learn. Memorize obscure names. You get one time to take the quiz no matter what technical failures you encounter or that no Coursera class that I've taken ever had quizzes with one attempt before his did. No dropped quizzes. He briefly contemplated allowing students to drop their lowest quiz after the first one had such a high failure rate, but after getting a bit of anecdotal evidence in a BRIEF obscure message in the forums, he decided he had enough non-scientific evidence to back up his preconcieved theories and went on with the make it harder than any Coursera MOOC. Machoism. Finally, the threads discussing the quiz style/grading policy were 2 of the three most popular threads in the forum. After the 8 hours when the professor made his decision, one of those continued being very popular with lots of people arguing for a position that the professor decided against. The professor closed this thread which has the practical effect that far fewer people will be able to learn of his decision to go against the popular wishes of the class. This course left a bad taste in my mouth so I dropped it. But you may not care about the grading,or actually like that challenge, and have a tough skin to deal with the forum battlegrounds, so you can enjoy great lectures with no worries. The choice is up to you. Just go in forewarned.
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