Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: PHIL-1301- Section: 2C
Introduction to Philosophy
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Instructor Information
Instructor Steven Zani
Phone(409) 984-6229
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 228
Hours:Prison Instruction - No Office Hours
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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 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.
Core Objectives 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.
Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Philosophy, 11th ed. – Wadsworth, Pub.
Lecture Topics
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.
The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the basics of the philosophical method, and how critical thinking applies to different ways of understanding the world. We will examine various methodologies for understanding the world, including science, history, morality, Religion and art.
Major Assignments
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
Midterm Exam
Life Pages 401-423
History Pages 291-311
Hagakure selections HAND OUT
Death/Immortality Pages 621-635
Final Exam

Final Exam Date July 10, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  July 11, 2021 - 5:0 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Response Papers: 50%
Midterm Exam – 25%
Final Exam – 25%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies 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.
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.
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
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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Other None
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Inmate Instruction
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.