House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

PHIL-1301-01 (Introduction to Philosophy)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorDuncan, William Beauregard
Phone(409) 984-6349
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Telephone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:MWF 9:00-9:50, 11:00-12:30; TTH 8:00-9:20, and by appointment
Building:Faculty Offices Pavilion (FOP)
Room #:105
Course Information
Course ID #10065
Course Subject-Number-SectionPHIL-1301-01
Course TitleIntroduction to Philosophy
Course Description Introduction to the study of ideas and their logical structure, including argumentsand investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes introduction tothe history, theories and methods of philosophy.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering by Christian, James L.10th Edition, Thomson Wadsworth, 2009. ISBN: 0-495-50504-8
Learning Objectives To provide students with a survey of major knowledge systems, with an emphasis on the scientific and humanistic methods of inquiry. The class will discuss the characteristics, limitations and strengths of these systems, including logic, aesthetics, ethics, politics and metaphysics. Furthermore, the class will discuss how these systems form attitudes, how communicate occurs, and human behaviours. Students will become familiar with the major philosophers and their contributions to the formation of modern society. Finally, students should be able to clarify his/her views concerning issues of moral, scientific, or logical problems.
Major Assignments inal grades will be based on four essay exams, on-line discussions, class participation, and any extra credit the student may earn during the semester.
Discussion Topics 1/17-1/21         Part I: The Fine Art of Wondering                Pp. xix-xxii

         The World Riddle                        1-1

1/24-1/28 The Spirit of Inquiry                1-2

         Critical Analysis                        1-3        

         Synoptic Synthesis                        1-4        

1/31-2/4         Part II: The Condition and the Odyssey        

         Predicament                        2-1

         Self                                2-2

2/7-2/11         Growth                                2-3

         Life/Time                                2-4

         First Exam

2/14-2/18         Part III: The Real World: Knowing and Unknowing                 Knowledge                                3-1

         Senses                                3-2

2/21-2/25         Mind                                3-3

         Truth                                3-4

2/28-3/4         Part IV: The Inner World: The Fantastic Journey                 Psyche                                4-1

         Time                                4-2

3/7-3/11         Spring Break: No Class

3/14-3/18                Freedom                                4-3

                Symbols                                4-4

                Second Exam

3/21-3/25 Part V: Delicate Coexistence                         History                                5-1

                Laws/Conscience                        5-2

3/28-4/1         Lifestyles                        5-3

                Politics                                5-4

                Ethics                                5-5

4/4-4/8          Part VI: The Protoplasmic Venture                                Life                                6-1

                Humans                                6-2        

4/11-4/15                Earth                                6-3

                Future                                6-4

                Third Exam                

4/18-4/22         Part VIII: Of Ultimate Concern

                Of Ultimate Concern                        8-1

                Ultimate Reality                        8-2

                4/22: No Class

4/25-4/29                Death/Immortality                        8-3

                Meaning/Existence                        8-4        

5/2-5/6                 Fourth Exam

5/9-5/13         Wednesday 5/11: Last Class

5/16-5/20         Wednesday 5/18, 8:00-10:30: Comprehensive Final

Attendance Policy Attendance will be taken each class meeting.
Determination of Final Grade The following is an explanation of how final grades are calculated.

                4 Regular exams (averaged)        80%

                Class Participation         10%

                5 On-Line Discussions:         10%


                                        + Extra Credit

= Final Grade

Final Exam Date May 18, 2011 - 8:00 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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