House Bill 2504 Spring 2012 Course Syllabus PHIL-1301-73 - Introduction to Philosophy
Spring 2012 Course Syllabus
PHIL-1301-73 - Introduction to Philosophy
|Instructor||Lindley, Neil Everett|
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|Course Description||Introduction to the study of ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes introduction to the history, theories and methods of philosophy.|
|Course Prerequisites||Prerequisite: Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.|
Title : PHILOSOPHY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF WONDERING.
Author : James L. Christian
Publisher : Thomson/Wadsworth
Edition/Year: 2006; Ninth Edition (or TENTH Edition, either one)
ISBN : 0-534-51250-X
Additional information : none
Type : Required resource
Title : ROLL AWAY THE STONE
Author : Fred Taylor
Publisher : Information International, Great Falls, VA
Edition/Year : 1999
ISBN : 1-882480-46-5
Additional information : none
Type : Required resource
|Attendance Policy||This is an online class. Student must sign on each week to submit weekly quizzes and assignments by their due dates. Work may be submitted up to one week late for half credit.|
|Course Grading Scale||
This is a point system. When a certain number of points is earned at semester's end the total will determine the students grade. A perfect score is 3000 points. The following points determine each grade:
2701-3000 = A
2401-2700 = B
2101-2400 = C
1801-2100 = D
0 - 1800 = F
|Determination of Final Grade||
Assignments = 25%
Chapter Quizzes = 25%
Discussion = 25%
Mid-term test and Final Exam = 25%
|Final Exam Date||May 8, 2012 - 8:00 AM|
Week 1: The Four Sources of Knowledge
Week 2: The Five Senses
Week 3: Rational Thinking
Week 4: Intuition, Part I; Activists
Week 5: Intuition, Part II: Antinomians
Week 6: Mid-term Test
Week 7: Empirical Reasoning
Week 8: Deductive Reasoning
Week 9: Philosophy of Science
Week 10: Philosophy of Social Science
Week 11: Vicious Circles & Liberating Circles
Week 12: In the Trenches with Poverty
Week 13: Three Political Paradigms
Week 14: A Case Study
Week 15: Final Review
Week 16: Final Exam
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||Lecture topics appear in articles by the instructor and chapters from the two text books. They correspond to the topics listed in the major assignments above.|
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals or groups.
A. Demonstrates thesis clarity
B. Organizes information
C. Uses support
D. Presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression
2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities.
A. Identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values, perspectives, or practices)
B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context
C. Shows awareness of oneâ€™s own culture in relation to others
3. Uses critical thinking skills
A. Identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed)
B. Differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation
C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences
D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion
4. Demonstrates technology literacy
A. Locates needed information using the appropriate technological tool or device
B. Displays organizational skills with the use of technology
C. Presents information using the appropriate technological tool or device
5. Transfers to a baccalaureate program
A. Exhibits student contact hours completed at LSC-PA
B. Number of AA majors who graduate
C. Number of AA graduates who request transcripts sent to other universities
6. Applies mathematical and scientific principles
A. Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task
B. Uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task
C. Applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
General Goals :
**The overall objective of this course is to provide an intellectual background for "all knowledge", particularly courses which the student will take throughout his degree program.
**To offer students an introduction to an understanding of various "knowledge systems" and how they shape our attitudes, our communication and our actions.
**To aid students in becoming acquainted with major philosophers, ancient and modern, within western civilization and to understand how they have contributed to shaping our society.
**To lay a foundation to fulfill the university's Core Curriculum rationale as stated on pages 11-12 in the catalog; which includes the following objectives, and in particular to differentiate between the two broad "knowledge cultures" known as "humanistic" and "scientific", how they relate, how they differ, and how both affect our world view, our thoughts and our actions;
**To aid the student in clarifying and articulating his/her own philosophy on issues of moral, scientific, religious or logical problems.
Specific Goals :
**More specifically, the student will:
1. Demonstrate understanding of the philosophical concepts of metaphysics, epistemology, anthropology (the nature of man), ethics (search for the highest good) and sociology (the nature of society and the state). (1,2)
2. Master the specialized philosophical vocabulary employed in the explanations of the major fields of philosophy named in number one above. (1)
3. Understand the key questions raised by each of the philosophical subjects listed in number one above (metaphysics, epistemology, anthropology, ethics and sociology). (1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
4. Be able to identify and apply the four sources of knowledge (five senses, logical reasoning, intuition and authority). (3, 4 & 6)
5. Be able to identify particular philosophers whose is thinking is characteristic of each of the four sources of knowledge (examples: Plato = deductive reasoning; Aristotle = empirical reasoning [use of five senses]; Karl Marx = prophetic activist [intuition, authority]; Buddha = Antinomian, intuition). (1, 2 & 3)
6. Describe and explain the basic tenets of the scientific method and philosophy of science. (3, 4 & 6)
7. Describe and explain the basic tenets of the humanities and distinguish how they differ from the sciences. (1, 2, 3, 4 & 6)
8. Demonstrate skills in the application of the four ways of thought and to show how each plays a role in critical thinking. (3, 4 & 6)
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
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This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
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