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PhilosophyPsychologySocial PsychologyMoral Universe

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Subtitles: English, Spanish, Romanian, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1 hour to complete

Welcome to Moralities of Everyday Life!

1 video (Total 23 min), 3 readings
3 readings
Meet your instructors!10m
Course resources10m
Pre-Course Survey10m
5 hours to complete

The Big Questions

What is morality, anyway? What are the big debates in the field of moral psychology?...
9 videos (Total 157 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
Philosophical Approaches20m
Reason vs. Emotions15m
The Case of Disgust14m
Cute and Sexy9m
Return to the Trolley Problem6m
The Big Questions13m
Week 1 Office Hours (2015)31m
Week 1 Office Hours (2014)26m
1 reading
Week 1 Readings30m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz40m
3 hours to complete


Where does concern for others come from? How is it related to empathy—and is more empathy necessarily a good thing? And what can we learn from the study of those who seemingly lack normal moral feelings, such as violent psychopaths?...
6 videos (Total 154 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
How Do We Treat Strangers?22m
Empathy and Concern27m
Empathy and its Limits16m
Week 2 Office Hours (2015)50m
Week 2 Office Hours (2014)28m
1 reading
Week 2 Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz40m
5 hours to complete

Origins of Morality

Here, we ask about which aspects of morality are universal. We discuss evolution, cross-cultural research, and the fascinating new science of the moral life of babies....
10 videos (Total 269 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
10 videos
Moral Universals13m
Evolution of Morality20m
Reciprocal Altruism18m
Guest Lecture, Laurie Santos10m
Development of Morality18m
How Much Can Evolution Explain?6m
Discussion with Laurie Santos28m
Week 3 Office Hours (2015)50m
Week 3 Office Hours (2014)33m
1 reading
Week 3 Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz40m
4 hours to complete


How does culture influence our moral thought and moral action? What role does religion play? Why are some of us conservative and others liberal, and how do political differences influence our sense of right and wrong?...
9 videos (Total 182 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
Kinds of Societies17m
Conservatives and Liberals18m
Disgust and Honor I19m
Disgust and Honor II15m
Religion and Morality I13m
Religion and Morality II19m
Week 4 Office Hours (2015)42m
Week 4 Office Hours (2014)27m
1 reading
Week 4 Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz40m
4 hours to complete

Family, Friends, and Strangers

Our moral feelings are usually most powerful towards our kin (such as our parents and our children) and our friends and allies. We will discuss these special bonds, and then turn to the morality of racial and ethnic bias. Then we use the tools of behavioral economics to explore the controversial question of whether we are ever truly altruistic to strangers....
10 videos (Total 170 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
10 videos
The Morality of Group Preference6m
What Groups Matter?12m
Economic Games10m
Criticisms of Economic Games11m
How Do We Naturally Respond to Strangers?6m
The Problem of Kindness10m
Week 5 Office Hours (2015)40m
Week 5 Office Hours Part (2014)31m
1 reading
Week 5 Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Week 5 Quiz40m
3 hours to complete

The Big Answers

We’ll discuss some clever studies that show how our moral behavior is powerfully influenced—often at the unconscious level—by the situations that we find ourselves in. Such findings raise some hard problems about determinism, free will, and moral responsibility. Most of all, if our actions are determined by our brains, our genes, and our situations, in what sense can we be said to be moral agents? The course will end by trying to address this question. ...
6 videos (Total 136 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Skepticism About the Self18m
Free Will and the Situation17m
Week 6 Office Hours (2015)41m
Week 6 Office Hours (2014)35m
2 readings
Week 6 Readings10m
Post- Course Survey10m
1 practice exercise
Week 6 Quiz40m
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Top Reviews

By JEDec 19th 2017

Coming from undergraduate course Psychology, and with my paper about Generosity, this course has shared with me lessons that both strengthened and challenged my learnings on this topic of interest.

By LKJan 13th 2018

Great teacher, eloquent and a good story teller. Very interesting material, current and classic. Good pace, and just the right amount of interactive questions and personal commenting opportunity.



Paul Bloom

Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University

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