Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: PHIL-1301- Section: 2C
Introduction to Philosophy
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|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.|
1. read, analyze and critique philosophical texts;
2. demonstrate knowledge of key concepts, major arguments, problems, and terminology in philosophy.
3. present logically persuasive arguments in writing;
4. demonstrate critical thinking skills in evaluation and application of philosophical concepts to various aspects of life;
5. evaluate the personal and social responsibilities of living in a diverse world.
Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
SLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Students will use creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
CSLO 1: read, analyze and critique philosophical texts; CSLO 2: demonstrate critical thinking skills in evaluation and application of philosophical concepts to various aspects of life;
PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills – Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
SLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills –Students will integrate choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
CSLO 5: evaluate the personal and social responsibilities of living in a diverse world.
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Philosophy, 11th ed. – Wadsworth, Pub.
Introduction (The World Riddle / The Spirit of Inquiry) Pages 3-29
Predicament / Self Pages 77-105
Knowledge / Senses Pages 163-185
“99 Problems” Essay
Laws/Conscience / Ethics Pages 318-327 and 374-391
Lifestyles / Freedom Pages 333-345 and 257-265
Psyche Pages 221-229
Freud/Marx TWO HAND OUTS
Life Pages 401-423
History Pages 291-311
Hagakure selections HAND OUT
Death/Immortality Pages 621-635
|Final Exam Date||December 13, 2020 - 8:00 AM|
|Grading Scale||90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F|
Response Papers: 50%
Midterm Exam – 25%
Final Exam – 25%
Cheating: Academic Honesty is important in Education. Students caught cheating on exams/responses will be given an “F” for the class. It will not matter if you’re a hard-working student, or that you really do want to learn about Philosophy, or that [insert traumatic event here] has happened. Your own “Responses” and Exam-answers are just as likely to get your full credit from the class than anyone else, and if you’re taking/stealing someone else’s work I will probably recognize that fact very quickly anyway.
All issues and problems with the class should be discussed with the proctor, who will pass the relevant information to me.
|Attendance Policy||If you are absent three times in a row, TDC rules state that you may be dropped; you will thereby sacrifice the opportunity to enroll in any college courses for one year. “Absence” in the context of online/correspondence instruction will consist of your lack of meeting at scheduled times with the program proctor.|
|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.|
|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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
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|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|