Effective Altruism UniMelb is proud to introduce the Effective Altruism Scholars Program, an 8-week course on how to maximise your positive impact.
In the program, you'll read a selection of targeted readings, each week focusing on a different topic: from global poverty, to animal welfare, and through to the far reaching consequences of future technologies. In light of these issues, we'll also consider how to leverage your career to do the most good.
Each week of content is coupled with a guided discussion, where you and a small group of students will embark upon fundamental questions, engage more deeply with the content, and bring your own perspectives on the topic.
Our goal with this program is to empower UniMelb students to lead meaningful lives through their choices. The choices we make — particularly about our career and giving — can have significant impacts on the lives of others, if we choose well.
By introducing core concepts related to Effective Altruism, we hope that students who wish to make a difference will be able to do so.
We also wish to build a community of people willing to think about the difficult problems of our time, and how they can contribute to those problems.
We run this program every semester, so if you cannot apply now, there is always next semester! If you are particularly keen email firstname.lastname@example.org — we're more than happy to talk with you about ways you can learn about EA in the mean time.
The program is run as a series of guided discussion sessions, with weekly reading assignments on different topics. For this semester, we plan to have sessions available both online and in-person.
Yes to all! We will continue to run Zoom discussion sessions, as we wish for any student to be involved in the program to be able to do so.
Simply do the required readings, and think critically about the ideas being presented. Your facilitator will guide the discussion. Think about the big ideas and what kind of questions might be asked to enhance your engagement.
If you can't make it to your particular group's session, then you can drop in to another groups session, by emailing the facilitator first. If you are unable to attend any sessions for the week, then you may write a written reflection about the content.