Please review the guidelines set for on-campus conduct. All individuals will be held responsible for complying with these directions.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all of us, including how courses will be taught this upcoming semester. You can learn more by visiting the University of Utah's 'Return to Campus' website. This includes information about the fall calendar (e.g., all classes will shift online following Thanksgiving break). The University is also committed to providing on-campus and distinctive classroom experiences this fall, that reflect our role as the flagship research university in the state. To achieve this, the University has designated five different ways courses may be taught this semester:
· Hybrid — A mixture of in-person and asynchronous online modalities;
· IVC (Interactive Video Conferencing) — A synchronous delivery using technology (class has a dedicated class time, with Canvas as the location);
· IVC-Hybrid — Class is a mixture of in-person and synchronous online modalities;
· In-Person — Fully in-person (course content must be available for students unable to attend);
· Online — Class is free of time and place restrictions, and all content is delivered via technology. No (or only optional) synchronous meetings.
PHIL’s course offerings range across these modalities. Students should know that PHIL instructors were very intentional in selecting which mode they thought would be best suited for the course material and their approach to teaching. Knowing what categories of classes are on offer will help students select classes that best meet their personal preferences and levels of risk-tolerance.
Understandably, PHIL instructors have been getting lots of questions about what their classes will look like. Please be patient as our instructors re-design their courses to fit into these categories, as well as prepare in case conditions demand that all courses be shifted online. As we get closer to the beginning of the semester, many of you will begin hearing from the instructors of PHIL courses in which you have enrolled, sharing details for what they have planned.
Please keep in mind that the Department of Philosophy wholly endorses the campus policy requiring masks be worn. Wearing a mask is primarily about keeping others safe, and there are very good data supporting that widespread mask wearing is highly effective at reducing the reproductive rate (i.e., spread) of viruses like COVID-19. Students are expected to wear masks in PHIL classes, and to wear those masks properly.
A safe return to campus requires collective action where all individuals act responsibly. We eagerly look forward to seeing you back in our classrooms.
The Department of Philosophy offers a well-balanced program in the major areas of Philosophy and has particular areas of strength in Applied Ethics (including Bioethics, Legal Ethics, Environmental Ethics and Business and Professional Ethics), Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Social Science, Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Practical Reason, Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy, International Justice and Early Modern Philosophy.