SRJC Course Outlines

10/23/2021 8:52:20 PMPHIL 11 Course Outline as of Fall 2009

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PHIL 11Title:  INTRO TO ASIAN PHIL  
Full Title:  Introduction to Asian Philosophy
Last Reviewed:4/11/2016

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 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
Also Listed As: 
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Catalog Description:
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An introductory  philosophical analysis of major ideas in Indian, Chinese, and Japanese philosophy.  The course examines and compares these views with basic tenets of Western philosophy, exploring perspectives on the nature of existence, human destiny, ethics, and socio-political obligation.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
An introductory  philosophical analysis of major ideas in Indian, Chinese, and Japanese philosophy.  The course examines and compares these views  with basic tenets of Western philosophy, exploring perspectives on the nature of existence, human destiny, ethics, and socio-political obligation.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
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

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2003
Inactive: 
 Area:E
H
Humanities
Global Perspective and Environmental Literacy
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 2003
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 2003
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2003Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2003Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course,  the student will be able to:
1. Articulate examples of the historical diversity among the major philosophical schools of India, China, and Japan, specifying their individual integrity in ancient thought.
2. Analyze commonalities among different philosophies of Asia in their later development.
3. Distinguish influences of Asian thought on Western ideas and vice versa.
4. Evaluate the influence of a Western philosophical framework on the appraisal of Asian philosophies, particularly as these are constrained by English translation of Asian philosophical material.
5. Identify several examples of the influences of Buddhist and Chinese philosophy on Japanese philosophy and religion.
6. Identify several examples of the mutual influence of post-Upanishadic Indian philsophy and Buddhist philosophy.

Topics and Scope
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Required topics:
 
I.  Fundamental perennial issues in Western philosophy and Eastern
   philosophy
 
II.  Key problems, limitations of translation, and challenges of
   ethnocentrism attending a Western study of Asian worldviews
 
III. Comparison of interpretations that arise in translations of classic texts
 
IV. Tenets and textual analysis of the philosophy of ancient India
     A.  Vedas
    B.  Upanishads
    C.  Bhagavad Gita
    D.  Samkhya-Yoga
     E.  Advaita Vedanta
 
V. Tenets and textual analysis of Buddhist philosophy
   A.  Issues of early Buddhism as revealed in the sutta pitaka
   B.  Issues in Madhaymika vs. Yogacara Buddhism
   C.  Buddhist psychology of mind
 
VI.  Reciprocal influence of Upanishadic philosophy on Buddhism and vice versa
 
VII. Tenets and textual analysis of the philosophies of ancient China highlighting the interplay of Taoist and Confucian philosophies throughout Chinese philosophical history
    A.  Tao Te Ching
    B.  Chuangzi
    C.  I Ching
     D.  Five-Elements School
     E.  Confucian Analects
    F.  Mencius
    G.  Mozi  
 
VIII.  Tenets of Japanese philosophy
   A. Nationalism
   B.  Primacy of aesthetics
   C.  Mind-body mastery
   D.  Influence of Buddhism
    E.  Uniqueness of Zen philosophy
 
Other topics may include:
 
IX.  Developments in Neo-Confucian philosophy
X.   The philosophy of Mao Tse-tung
XI.  Confucian  and  Western influences in the modern Chinese democracy movement
 
XII.  Influence of Buddhism in the West, particularly America
   A.  Encounter with Zen and Tibetan Buddhism
   B.  Philosophy of Nishitani
   C.  Global influence of the Dalai Lama
    D.  Christian-Buddhist dialogue
    E.  Worldwide movement of socially engaged Buddhist activism
 
XIII.  Tenets and influence on Western thought of modern Indian thought
   A.  Gandhi
   B.  Radhakrishnan
   C.  Yogananda
   D. Krishnamurti

Assignments:
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1. Readings from course text and supplementary materials (10-30 pages per week)
2. Three to fifteen quizzes (multiple choice and/or short essay) on assigned readings,
   lectures, and/or video material
3.  One to three section/midterm examinations including essay, short answer, and multiple
   choice questions
4.  Final examination including essay, short answer, and multiple choice
    sections
 
Other assignments may include:
 
5. Short essays examining and articulating the interplay
   between various aspects of Asian vs. Western philosophy
6. Research project and written essay on a comparative theme, focusing
   on specific aspects of both Asian and Western philosophies
7. Field trip to Asian Art Museum/Summative Report
8. Visitation to an institution where Asian discipline is practiced

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
0 - 20%
Essays required on mid-term exams and on final exam; and for Other Assignments
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because this course includes essay exams that fulfil the writing component of the course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
60 - 80%
Multiple choice, True/false, Completion, Essay Exams, Quizzes, Final
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Attendance and class participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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All are classic texts:
 
Analects of Confucius
 
Asian Philosophies, 4th Edition.  Koller, John M.  Prentice Hall:  2002
 
Awakening:  An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought, 2nd Edition.  Bresnan, Patrick S.   Prentice Hall:  2002
 
Bhagavad-Gita
 
Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction.  Keown, Damien.  Oxford University Press:  1996
 
Tao Te Ching
 
Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction.  Knott, Kim.  Oxford University Press:   2000
 
Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction.  Hamilton, Sue.  Oxford University Press:  2001
 
A Sourcebook in Asian Philosophy.  Koller, John M. and  Koller, Patricia.  Prentice Hall: 1991

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