House Bill 2504

Spring 2012 Course Syllabus

PHIL-1301-73 - Introduction to Philosophy

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2012
InstructorLindley, Neil Everett
Phone(409) 656-1160
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
Building:Bookstore & Faculty Offices (FOB)
Room:Chat Room 1
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Course Information
Course Number10066
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.

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


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
Major Assignments 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
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

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 one’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)

And :

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.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans 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.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

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