Evaluating the impact of humanities coursework on students’ practical reasoning and theory of mind: a preliminary study in philosophy

Michael Griffin
Classics & Philosophy, Faculty of Arts

How can we measure the effects of undergraduate study in the humanities on students’ critical thinking, self-esteem, and capacity to empathize with others – qualities often associated with the mission of the university to “educate global citizens”? Can (and should) qualities like these be treated as learning outcomes?

This pilot project will develop a survey to explore such measures in the classroom and pilot the survey in three courses in Classical Studies and Philosophy in the 2014/15 academic year.