Have you taught a “study abroad” or “destination” course in philosophy? Do you have any ideas for a good one?Many undergraduate majors offer courses that involve travel—a course on German literature that takes students to Germany, for example, or a course on rainforest ecology that takes students to the Amazon. But what about philosophy courses?
Readers offered a few suggestions in a post on this topic previously, but that was nearly seven years ago, so (despite COVID taking place in the intervening years) I thought I’d see if there are some more ideas out there.
One reason for such courses, apart from whatever distinctive pedagogical benefits they might have, is to help philosophy departments remain competitive for majors. Sure, but itself, a travel abroad option is not what is going to be what makes or breaks a philosophy department, but at the margins it could, along with other details, make a difference.
Those who have taught these kinds of courses, please tell us about them. For the rest of us, let’s consider it a brainstorming session for coming up with such courses that we think would be interesting to students and educationally worthwhile.