Intro to Ethics is a required course for at least three different majors at UCSB (Phil., Econ. & Environmental Studies). Most of my students are not Philosophy majors. This is the only course in Philosophy they will ever take. For others, this is the gateway course that could introduce them to years of intellectual pursuits in Philosophy. On behalf of both kinds of students I ask: How do I teach so that my students can learn the material and take the lessons with them when they leave?
I am equipping myself with the tools necessary for effective teaching in a Philosophy classroom. For myself, I'd like to learn how to coordinate my section goals and outcomes with the specific course requirements while still doing good Philosophy. For my students, I'd like to build an inclusive classroom environment where my students can really sit down and dig into philosophical material, actively contribute to the discussion, and feel like those contributions were taken seriously by the teacher and their peers.