"Critical Thinking" is a class that focuses on learning how to make and evaluate arguments. It does so by emphasizing both general aspects of arguments (clear: concise, consistent, concrete) and by looking more specifically at both deductive and inductive arguments.
This class is a required core class at Fordham University. As freshmen, students take "Philosophy of Human Nature". As sophomores, they take this class where they encounter the main ethical theories (especially, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, and Kant) and develop their ability to think about ethical problems in light of these theories. In the process, students write summaries of the arguments they encounter in key texts such as Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals.
Philosophy of Human Nature
This class is a required core class at Fordham University. As freshman, students take this course and encounter the arguments of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and Aquinas. Through this, they learn the basic canons of Western philosophy and how to engage with and summarize arguments.
"Environmental Ethics" is an interdisciplinary course taught as part of the CENSUS Program at Hokkaido University. The course looks at several different dimensions including ethical theory, applied ethics, and basic reasoning.
This class gives students the chance to produce English and interact in English. For an EFL environment, chances to speak and interactive with spoken English are few and far between.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Moral Imagination)
This course uses The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to help students improve their ability to read a story with a critical eye. Focusing on how characters changed throughout the book, this class helps them to identify and characterize moral transformation in literature.
This class focuses on helping students learn the idea of "culture" and the manifold ways that culture impacts our lives. For Japanese students, this can be especially challenging since the country is mono-lingual and the educational system focuses on students seeing themselves as part of a larger national culture than on valuing differences and recognizing multi-cultural values.
This class prepares students to write academic papers centered on a thesis and the argument for that thesis. It covers core concepts like structure, brainstorming, anticipating and responding to objections, and properly using citations.
This class gives students the basic skills to read texts from an academic (in contrast to leisure or language-learning) standpoint. As such, it focuses on how students can identify the arguments in academic writing and summarize and condense the arguments for these theses
This class helps students better grasp differences between countries and how people in those countries engage the world through assumptions about freedom, rights, and determinism (or their absence).
Methodologies for English-mediated Instruction
This class teaches students about English-mediation instruction and the second language acquisition principles at work in creating an environment where English is used productively to accomplish teaching objectives other than just teaching language.