Introduction to Philosophy

This course is part of the UBC Future Global Leaders Online program for high school students ages 15–18.

Philosophy is the study of fundamental questions around knowledge and life, and gives you tools to think carefully and critically about almost any subject. In this course, learn about the major areas of philosophy. Reflect upon philosophical issues, and consider how philosophy is applied to contemporary questions such as how to design intelligent robots, the ethics of scientific and technological innovation, and how to evaluate government policies. 

This is an ideal choice if you are interested in law, politics, journalism, administration, and any other profession that values informed reasoning, creative problem-solving and productive decision-making. No matter which subject you study, philosophy promises to enrich and enhance your future university experience.

Technology Requirements
This course is hosted on Canvas, a learning management system, and live lectures are delivered by Zoom. Three days before the start of your course, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

Hours and expectations
In addition to the live virtual classes and office hours, you can expect to spend 1-2 hours per week reading, researching and participating in discussion boards.

Course Format

This course is 100% online and instructor-supported with real-time classes, and virtual drop-in office hours during the course. 

Fall/Winter Term (September – December / January – April)
Attend live virtual classes once a week on Saturdays for two hours for 10 weeks.
Summer Term (July and August)
Attend live virtual classes two hours a day from Monday to Friday for three weeks. 

All class times are in the Pacific Time Zone (Vancouver, BC, Canada).

Virtual Student Lounge
All UBC Future Global Leaders students have access to the online Virtual Student Lounge where they can hang out and develop friendships with students from across Canada and around the world.

To Register
After you add the course to your cart, you’re asked to complete your registration by creating a new account or logging in. If you are a parent, guardian or other adult registering for the first time on behalf of your student, please create the account in the name of the high school student attending UBC Future Global Leaders, not in your name.

Available Sessions

Course currently not available for registration.