Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: PHIL-1301- Section: 01
Introduction to Philosophy
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Instructor Information
Instructor George Wall
Phone(409) 984-6330
Location:Ruby Fuller - Room: 221A
Inmate Instruction
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description A study of major issues in philosophy and/or the work of major philosophical figures in philosophy. Topics in philosophy may include theories of reality, theories of knowledge, theories of value, and their practical applications.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Students shall
1. read, analyze and critique philosophical texts;
2. demonstrate knowledge of key concepts, major arguments, problems, and terminology in phiosophy.
3. present logically peruasive arguments both orally and in writing;
4. demonstrate critical thinking skills in evalauation and application of philosophical concepts to various aspects of life;
5. evaluate the personal and social responsibioities of liv8ng 8 a duvere world.
Core Objectives The section in epistemology focuses on learning proper reasoning and on the criteria for proper evidence. Every class session will involve written review with followed by oral responses and some and some board work. The section on ethics will focus on developing adequate criteria for ethical decision-making and the application of these skills to the various aspects of life. Students will be requires to develop their own ethical system, as well as the broader perspective of their philosophy of life, using the skills they have learned.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering, 11th edition, 2012; The Last Days of Socrates,
Penguin Classics
Lecture Topics
The main topics of the course cover epistemology, ethics, and metaphysics and religion.
Major Assignments
weeks 1-5: epistemology, including the criteria for proper reasoning and the nature of scientific reasoning and experiment. Week 5 also includes an exam.
weeks 6-9: ethics, with exam included on week 9.
weeks10-13: metaphysics, with exam included on week 13.
weeks 14-15: religion
week 16: final exam
Final Exam Date December 12, 2018 - 5:30 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
3 semster exams, 15% each
class work 10%
final exam 45%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies All questions about grades are during class hours.
Attendance Policy none
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
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

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

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.