Course Policies

Course Description

In God and the Good Life (GGL), you'll have the opportunity to wrestle with the big questions about how to live and what makes your life meaningful. The course tackles such issues as what justifies your beliefs, whether you should practice a religion, and what sacrifices you should make for others. Using classic philosophical texts, real-world case studies, and interactive digital tools, you'll formulate answers and explore your beliefs in both large-group debates and small intensive Sustained Dialogue groups led by our undergraduate GGL Fellows.  GGL satisfies the first philosophy requirement at Notre Dame.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Closely read philosophical texts and analyze their key arguments.
  2. Closely read essays in major news publications and analyze their key arguments.
  3. Contribute to a sustained interpersonal dialogue that applies philosophy in a sophisticated and constructive way to concrete problems in your community.
  4. Explain and defend your core philosophical beliefs in argumentative essays and prose.
  5. Verbally articulate philosophical arguments in a short lecture format, and participate in informal debates and argumentative conversations.

Course Organization

The course is organized around the following four topics:

  1. The epistemic question: What should you believe and why?
  2. The ethical question: What are your moral obligations?
  3. The metaphysical questions: Does God exist; do religions accurately picture the world?
  4. The value theoretic question: What are the sources of meaning, value, and normativity?

The entire syllabus (which includes important policies and information), can be accessed here.