Michigan State University: United Kingdom - Ethics and Literature in London

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During a five-week stay in London (with excursions to Bath and other sites), we’ll scrutinize a systematic answer to the “How should we live?” question – the moral theory of utilitarianism, whose roots go deeply into British thought and practice.I... read more

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During a five-week stay in London (with excursions to Bath and other sites), we’ll scrutinize a systematic answer to the “How should we live?” question – the moral theory of utilitarianism, whose roots go deeply into British thought and practice.
Incorporating excursions to hospitals, prisons, churches, colleges, museums, and the mummified remains of the great British thinker, Jeremy Bentham, we’ll learn how a theory developed in 18th and 19th century Britain helped expand higher education to women and religious dissenters, influenced penal reform, and continues to guide social policy in many parts of the world. We’ll also study how that theory continues to influence British life—its health care and security systems, in particular. But then we’ll consider whether utilitarianism really understands the nature of the people whose lives it hopes to guide. We’ll look mainly at two great 19th century English novelists—Charles Dickens and Jane Austen—whose work offers us rich pictures of human social and psychological life that, among their many other merits, raise the question of whether utilitarianism misunderstands at a deep level what people are like, what they value, and what they can do.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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