PHIL125 Introduction to Philosophy

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Philosophy

I. Course Number and Title
PHIL125 Introduction to Philosophy
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course meets the General Education requirements in Diversity, Arts and Humanities, and Critical Thinking.
VI. Catalog Course Description
An investigation of the basic themes in philosophy from around the world. Topics include the nature of existence, knowledge, and values. Readings are drawn from both ancient and contemporary sources. Students develop the ability to apply philosophical theories to their lives.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. identify the basic philosophical issues in the study of existence, knowledge, and values from global perspectives [Diversity];
    2. analyze the positions of major thinkers on philosophical issues in the study of existence, knowledge and values [Arts and Humanities];
    3. assess critically the philosophical issues presented [Critical Thinking]; and
    4. develop the ability to apply an overall philosophy of thriving both socially and intellectually.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. introduction
    2. methods of critical analysis
    3. issues in the nature of existence from ancient and/or contemporary sources (e.g., Plato, Anselm, Berkeley, Buddha)
    4. issues in the nature of knowledge from ancient and/or contemporary sources (e.g., Socrates, Descartes, Mill, Shankara)
    5. issues in the nature of values from ancient and/or contemporary sources (e.g., Plato, Aquinas, Marx, Confucius)
    6. issues in applying philosophy to thriving both socially and intellectually
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 5/04; Core Goals/Objectives added 5/04; Updated 11/06; New Core 8/2015