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|Discipline and Nbr:
INTRO TO PHILOSOPHY||
Introduction to Philosophy
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||3.00||Lecture Scheduled||3.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||52.50
|Minimum||3.00||Lab Scheduled||0||6 min.||Lab Scheduled||0
| ||Contact DHR||0|| ||Contact DHR||0
| ||Contact Total||3.00|| ||Contact Total||52.50
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 105.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50||
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.
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
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:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Major Applicable Course
Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
|Associate Degree:||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
|CSU GE:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||C2||Humanities||Fall 1981||
|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||3B||Humanities||Fall 1981||
|CSU Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
|UC Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
| CID Descriptor: PHIL 100|| Introduction to Philosophy|| SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHIL6
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Differentiate between philosophy and other disciplines: e.g.,
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
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
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.
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.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|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%
|Multiple choice, SHORT ESSAY, QUIZZES, ESSAY EXAMS||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
10 - 20%
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.