Hannah Arendt observed that “The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.” In this course, we will examine why ordinary people can behave in extraordinarily deplorable ways without intending to do so. The course considers the problem of evil from many different perspectives. How sure are you that you wouldn’t do something evil? The main questions to be analyzed include: What is evil? Are human evil by nature? What is the source of evil? Why is the existence of evil and suffering a problem for theistic conceptions of the world? In addition to exploring these questions, we shall seek to understand both individual and group evil. The course analyzes whether we are born evil or whether social, cultural, environmental and situational factors create evil.
If you are pursuing a diploma or advanced diploma, contact Jen Matthews at 519-748-5220 ext. 3265, prior to registering to ensure that your selection is eligible for your program.
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Classroom Delivery: In-person instruction that takes place at a college campus.
Online Delivery: Content is delivered entirely online through self-directed components, allowing you the flexibility to learn anytime from wherever you are.
Remote Delivery: Technology-enabled virtual instruction that takes place outside of a physical classroom. Remote delivery includes some form of scheduled real-time virtual classes or drop-in times, as well as self-directed components.
Hybrid Delivery: Instruction that includes a combination of online or remote delivery, and some classroom activities.
Not all courses are offered each term.Winter 2022 registration opens November 1, 2021. Spring 2022 registration opens February 7, 2022.