Sunday, December 20, 2009

Evaluation, Judgement and Critique, Theory and Philosophy Summer School, School of Sociology and Philosophy, University College Cork, May 3-8, 2010.

The Annual Theory and Philosophy Summer School is an interdisciplinary residential course for postgraduate students in the arts, humanities and social sciences. To optimize students’ learning experience at TAPSS the number of participants is limited to 30. Postgraduate work in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has, at its core, problems of evaluation, judgement and critique. We are expected to ‘evaluate’ such things as a text, a report, or an artifact; to ‘critique’ such things as a position, an institution, or an argument; and to make a ‘judgement’ on such things as a practice, a belief, or a form of life. ‘Evaluation’, ‘Judgement’ and ‘Critique’ clarify and illuminate principles and alternative courses of action, help to weigh the truth or falsity of a belief or idea, to act justly, and to justify actions. But what does it mean to ‘judge’, to ‘evaluate’, or to ‘critique’? On what bases, on whose authority, and with what justification do we do these things? Faced with the different contexts of relativism, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, and postmodernism, is this level of competency blocked or even counter-productive? Might the practices of judging, evaluating and critiquing encourage the appropriate responses to local and global crises, or might they instead deepen our growing problems? Credits: 5 or 10 ECTS credits; 3 or 6 American credits Fees: 500 Euro (includes course fees, accommodation, half-board and the final dinner) Applications will be considered immediately; closing date: March 1, 2010.

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