SRJC Course Outlines

5/23/2024 3:47:02 PMPHIL 6 Course Outline as of Spring 2004

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHIL 6Title:  INTRO TO PHILOSOPHY  
Full Title:  Introduction to Philosophy
Last Reviewed:1/28/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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An inquiry into truth and value through studies of the philosophers. Stresses philosophical problems or philosophical themes and issues or methods of philosophical inquiry.  Attempts to guide the student's understanding of philosophy's role in personal and social life.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Examination of how philosophy has tried to answer the perennial questions about reality, truth & value.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHIL6

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Differentiate between philosophy and other disciplines:  e.g.,
   physics, literature.
2.  Differentiate between fields of philosophy:  e.g., aesthetics;
   epistemology; metaphysics; political philosophy; philosophy of
   religion; philosophy of mind.
3.  Examine key topics and questions within the above fields: e.g., God
   and religion; the nature of truth; philosophy of mind; free will and
   determinism; and morality.
4.  Summarize, analyze, and evaluate key arguments addressing the above
5.  Analyze and evaluate contemporary applications of the above

Topics and Scope
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1.  Philosophical methods:  logic; rationalism; empiricism.
2.  The nature of philosophical issues:  overview of key philosophical
   fields and topics; relationship between philosophical issues and
3.  God and religion:  existence and nature of God; relationship between
   religion and science; relationship between religion and morality.
4.  The nature of reality:  relationship between being and becoming;
   relationship between mind and matter.
5.  The nature of truth:  relationship between opinion and truth;
   relationship between truth and knowledge; coherence; correspondence;
   and pragmatic theories.
6.  Personal identity:  relationship between self and body; relationship
   between self and thought, relationship between self and consciousness;
   relationship between self and society; arguments justifying the claim
   there is no self.
7.  Free Will:  nature of free will; determinism, relationship between
   will and the good life; relationship between free will and
   existential issues.
8.  Morality:  nature of the good life; relationship between religion
   and morality; subjectivism; relativism; hedonism; egoism and altruism;
   duty-based morality; consequentialism; virtue ethics.
9.  Justice: liberty; and equality:  civil rights; natural rights; human
   rights; retributive justice; distributive justice.

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Assignments vary, but typically include the following:
1.  Regular reading assignments from course texts and supplementary
   material.  Number of pages vary, depending upon difficulty of topic,
   concepts, and arguments.  Typical reading assignment is 15-25 pgs.
2.  Discussion of regular journal assignments.
3.  Regular or occasional quizzes which cover the assigned readings.
   Quizzes may be either multiple choice or short essay.
4.  At least two midterm examinations.  Each exam is approximately one
   hour long.  Students must write in-class essays in response to
   questions on material covered in class and in texts.
5.  A final examination - approximately 2-3 hours long.  Students must
   write in-class essays in response to questions on material covered
   in class and in texts.
6.  Students may also be required to write a term paper in which they
   research an issue raised in class and defend a particular position
   on that issue.  Length will vary, depending upon difficulty of topic,
   concepts, and arguments.  Typical papers 5-10 pages.
7.  Students will be encouraged to participate in class discussion.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
55 - 75%
Written homework, POSSIBLE TERM PAPER
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
15 - 35%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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LOVERS OF WISDOM, D. Kolak, 2nd ed., Wadsworth, 2001.
PHILOSOPHICAL DILEMMAS, P. Washburn, Oxford, 2001.
TWENTY QUESTIONS, R. Solomon, 4th ed., Wadsworth, 2000.
THE BIG QUESTIONS:  A SHORT INTRODUCTION, R. Solomon 6th ed., Wadsworth,
PHILOSOPHY:  THE PURSUIT OF WISDOM, L. Pojman, Wadsworth, 2001.

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