Contract Instructor Opportunities

Summer 2022

Department of Philosophy, Carleton University

Note:  The University may require that all or part of these courses be delivered remotely, including online. If public health restrictions allow, the planned mode of delivery for some of these courses will be in-person face-to-face lectures.

The following courses are subject to final budgetary approval.

Pursuant to Article 16 of the CUPE 4600 Unit 2 Collective Agreement, applications are invited from members of the CUPE 4600-2 bargaining unit and other interested persons to teach the following Philosophy courses during the Summer 2022 term:

PHIL 1301 [0.5 credit]: Mind, World and Knowledge
Scheduled late Summer semester (July/August); Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
The aim of this course is to introduce students to philosophical inquiry and argumentation applied to a number of central problems of epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of mind/language/psychology. Thus, questions concerning the nature of knowledge, minds, persons, language, and the external world will be explored. Among the issues to be considered are the following: What conditions must be satisfied, for example, if a person is to know something? How can we respond to skeptics who insist that genuine knowledge is impossible? How does the mind relate to the body and the external world? Does the mind differ from the body? How can we know that others have minds and are not complex robots? Do we know ourselves in a privileged way? What make humans so different from primates and other “advanced” species? What does thinking consist in? Can we think without language? How do we acquire language? Do we have innate ideas/concepts or do we acquire all of them through experience? Do we need to posit a designer/creator (e.g. God) to deal with these questions? Can scientific discoveries (e.g. in neurosciences) help shape the answers to these questions? Historical and contemporary readings may be combined, but this course should prepare students to succeed in 2000-level courses in contemporary analytical philosophy of mind and contemporary analytical philosophy of language, while remaining interesting and accessible to students who will not take more philosophy.
The University may require that all or part of this course be delivered remotely, including online.

PHIL 2001 [0.5 credit]: Introduction to Logic
Scheduled in early Summer session (May/June), Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
An introduction to the techniques and philosophical implications of propositional and predicate logic with emphasis on translation of expressions into symbolic form, testing for logical correctness, the formulation and application of rules of inference, and the relation between logic and language. While the course will be accessible to students with non-philosophical backgrounds, the textbook and assignments will provide students with basic knowledge of propositional and predicate logic that are assumed by higher-level courses in philosophy.
The University may require that all or part of this course be delivered remotely, including online.

PHIL 2340 [0.5 credit]:  Philosophy and Popular Culture
Scheduled in early Summer session (May/June), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Philosophy is all around us, it permeates culture. This course explores philosophical questions through the lens of popular culture. The material used may include films, shows, music, novels, video games, advertising, comic books, and so on.
The University may require that all or part of this course be delivered remotely, including online.

PHIL 2380 [0.5 credit]:  Introduction to Environmental Ethics
Scheduled in late Summer session (July/August), Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Major questions in environmental ethics: How should human beings view their relationship to the rest of nature? Is responsible stewardship of the environment compatible with current technology? Must future generations be protected? Do animals, other life forms, endangered species, ecosystems and/or the biosphere have value/rights?
The University may require that all or part of this course be delivered remotely, including online.

PHIL 2405 [0.5 credit]:  Philosophy of the Paranormal
Scheduled in late Summer session (July/August), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Examination of claims, concepts, theories and methods in parapsychology. Their scientific character and the relation of paranormal phenomena to philosophical issues such as survival of death, human nature, time, space, causality and perception.
The University may require that all or part of this course be delivered remotely, including online.

PHIL 2408 [0.5 credit]:  Bioethics
Scheduled in early Summer session (May/June), Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Ethical and political issues in medicine, public health, biotechnology, and the life sciences. Topics may include reproductive ethics, research on human subjects, animal research and treatment, justice and health care, physician-patient relationships, death and the end of life, and genetic engineering.
The University may require that all or part of this course be delivered remotely, including online.

Application Procedures and Deadlines

Required Professional Qualifications:  MA Degree in the appropriate field.

Closing Date and Time: Wednesday, January 19th, 2022, 11:59 pm.

All applicants must apply electronically to the Department Head, clearly stating which courses they are applying for:

Professor Annie Larivée
Chair, Department of Philosophy
c/o rima.sanaallah@carleton.ca

As per Article 15.3 of the current CUPE 4600 Unit 2 Collective Agreement, applicants are required to submit an up to date CV, including a complete listing of all courses taught within the CUPE 4600 Unit 2 bargaining unit at Carleton University.  Candidates who have already contacted the department and submitted a CV recently need only indicate their interest in particular courses.  NOTE that when applying to classes for which they have incumbency, applicants shall not be required to (re)submit documentation beyond their updated CV.

 

Pre-Posting Hiring Decisions:

The following courses have been assigned to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, or visiting scholars.  These courses are not open for applications but the department will contact the most senior incumbent to review their rights under Article 17.6 of the CUPE 4600-2 Collective Agreement:

  • PHIL 1200, The Meaning of Life (CUASA Faculty)
  • PHIL 2003, Critical Thinking (CUASA Faculty)

A note to all applicants: As per Articles 16.3 and 16.4 in the CUPE 4600-2 Collective Agreement, the posted vacancies listed above are first offered to applicants meeting the incumbency criterion. A link to the current CUPE 4600-2 Collective Agreement can be found at the Academic Staff Agreements webpage on the Carleton University Human Resources website http://carleton.ca/hr/collective-agreements/academic-staffing-agreements/ and the CUPE 4600-2 website http://4600.cupe.ca/