DUC Days | Dominican University College

DUC Days

DUC Days

DUC Days are an opportunity to immerse you and your classroom in the thought and life of a historic university for a morning or afternoon. Be enchanted by the castle-like architecture, experience a lively discussion with a professional philosopher or theologian, chat with staff and students over lunch ... we hope you accept our offer to experience warm DUC hospitality and the opportunity to be enlightened together as we probe life’s important questions.

  1. Experience 800 years of teaching excellence
  2. Dynamic presentations by university professors
  3. Join us for lunch (it's on the house!)
  4. See books dating back to the 15th century


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DUC Days



Leadership and Public Discourse: How to Speak so People will Listen

This workshop intends to show the importance of strong leadership in civic and public life, and to show the central role good public discourse plays in developing strong leaders. Politics and rhetoric are two historically important branches of philosophy taught at Dominican University College; these subjects help form future leaders of civil society, business and government, which will be used as the backdrop for this discussion.

Philosophy and Human Rights

Philosophy of human rights claims that the human person has inherent, universal and inalienable rights. The formulation of the foundations of human rights, their scope and their validity engender important philosophical debates which will act as the basis of this discussion.

Logic and Fallacies: Developing Clear Arguments in Science, Law and Politics

We are not always aware of the propositions behind arguments that entice us to accept claims or beliefs. When evaluating the arguments presented to us, it is helpful to look for good reasons that underpin the validity of the arguments presented. Similarly, when formulating our own arguments, it is helpful to be as logical as possible. This workshop will make connections to everyday life to see how philosophy can help justify the claims made in science, law and politics and to evaluate the arguments provided to justify certain claims.

Business Ethics

Is there a conflict between becoming rich and remaining ethical? Does honesty have to be sacrificed in order to make one’s way in the world? The objective of this workshop is to understand the most important theories of justice, social responsibility, and professionalism and their foundations in ethics. The workshop also aims to critically evaluate moral and ethical questions regarding business and professional life. We will evaluate “the bluff”, marketing, workers’ rights, sexual harassment, international relations and environmental questions in light of corporate social responsibility, business ethics and human rights.

How can we Better Understand Recent Developments in Bioethics?

In the West, legislative and legal powers have been confronted with complex questions concerning the beginning and end of life. These new developments were warmly received by a certain section of society and those in the media, yet another percentage of the population remain much more critical. How can we better understand legal decisions and laws surrounding these issues? What criteria can we use to evaluate them? 

Is there Life after Death?

For centuries, believers affirmed that the afterlife would render to each what he or she deserves. But how were these conclusions reached? What certainty can we have of these issues? What arguments can we use to arrive at these beliefs or are they inherently marked with doubt?

Evolution, Science and the Existence of God: can these be Reconciled?

The debate surrounding the existence of God and the immortality of the human soul were approached with scientific rigour and considered of prime importance in academic circles throughout the centuries up to the modern era. Beginning with the scientific revolution, the tendency has been for theology and metaphysics to be relegated to the realm of opinion and for “the hard sciences” to be viewed as the only credible voice to answer questions relating to the origins of the universe. Is this our only option? Are metaphysical questions simply a matter of belief or can we use philosophical reasoning to develop sound answers to these metaphysical and theological questions?


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