Philosophy departments face increasing pressure to demonstrate their value to their universities. One type of response is to attempt to increase enrollment in philosophy courses. There are various ways to do this. One way is to offer courses that apply philosophy to matters of personal or social concern. The result is a familiar variety of courses in applied ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of law, and aesthetics.
Less familiar are ideas for applied philosophy courses outside the domain of value theory, for example in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, phenomenology, etc., or courses on specific “real world” or cultural topics (e.g., space exploration, the Internet, disability) that are not primarily focused on questions of value. If you teach such a course, or have ideas for one, please share it in the comments.