Course Description

Are you tired of oversimplified and manipulative approaches to citizen decision-making? Do you have "philosophical tendencies"??

If so, you might relish joining...

The Responsible Citizen Seminar

This special class, offered as part of PCC's spring semester, provides citizen-thinkers with practical tools to help them meet the awesome challenges they face in the 21st Century. During the semester, participants will focus on a major public policy issue of interest to them. They will practice applying a variety of ethical decision making tools as they slowly develop expertise in their issues. Some of these tools include: argument analysis, research skills, handling informational complexity, examining the cultural and psychological influences on our decision-making, and becoming acquainted with major systems of ethical decision making in the Western and non-Western traditions.

Finally, participants will work together in groups and build on each other's strengths, so that they can better confront the "mess" that is our geo-political environment. Seminars will also include a special research tutorial at PCC's Shatford Library and visits from guest faculty members. The class may be taken for a "credit/no credit" designation, as well as for a letter grade. Dr. Linda Handelman, a faculty member in PCC's philosophy department, will be teaching the seminar. There are two identical classes to choose from, running from late February through mid-June:

  • Monday evenings from 6:40-9:40 p.m. at the Pasadena Museum of History, starting Feb. 26 or
  • Saturday mornings from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at PCC, starting Feb. 24

Please visit us at our upcoming "OPEN HOUSE & WORKSHOP" on Saturday, February 3 at Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Great Discussions · Great Insights · Great Hands-On Practice ++ Guest Speakers, Congeniality & Snacks

Philosophical Tendencies (symptoms): a) Are you suspicious of "easy" answers? b) Do you find yourself thinking, just because it's interesting? c) Do you sometimes wonder whether humans are actually capable of making good ethical judgments and if so, how? d) Do you ever ask what wisdom truly is?