SRJC Course Outlines

6/12/2024 9:16:04 PMPHIL 11 Course Outline as of Fall 2003

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  PHIL 11Title:  INTRO/ASIAN PHILOSOPHY  
Full Title:  Introduction to Asian Philosophy
Last Reviewed:12/12/2022

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
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Catalog Description:
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A philosophical analysis of major ideas in Indian, Chinese, and Japanese philosophy.  The course examines these views along with basic tenets of Western philosophy, exploring perspectives on the nature of existence, human destiny, ethics, and socio-political obligation.  The course includes an introduction to comparative philosophy from a global perspective.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Survey of the philosophies of India, China, & Japan as compared with major ideas in Western philosophy.  Emphasis on philosophical thought rather than religious practice.  Problems of comparative philosophy are discussed.
(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 2003
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:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
1.  Specify the historical diversity among the major philosophical schools
   of India, China, and Japan, recognizing their individual integrity in
   ancient thought, and dispelling the Western fallacy which tends to
   categorize "Oriental" as a unified body of ideas
2.  Clarify the later growth of interdependence among different
   philosophies of Asia throughout their development
3.  Distinguish influences of Asian thought on Western ideas and
   vice versa
4.  Relate the developments of certain philosophical lineages with
   historically relevant events
5.  Question and analyze the influence of a western philosophical
   framework on the appraisal of Asian philosophies, particularly as
   these are constrained by English translation of Asian philosophical
6.  Critically analyze preconception and bias in the evaluation of ideas;
   critically assess the possibility of a purely objective standpoint
   in comparative investigation
7.  Critically evaluate examples of the reciprocal influence between
   Asian philosphy and modern globalism

Topics and Scope
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Includes some or all of the following:
1.  Fundamental perennial issues in Western philosophy and Eastern
2.  Key problems, limitations of translation, and challenges of
   ethnocentrism attending a western study of Asian worldviews
3.  Issues of contemporary globalism from the perspective of Asian
4.  Tenets and textual analysis of the philosophy of ancient India (Vedas,
   Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Samkhya-Yoga, Advaita Vedanta)
5.  Tenets and textual analysis of Buddhist philosophy (issues of early
   Buddhism as revealed in the sutta pitaka; issues in Madhaymika vs.
   Yogacara Buddhism; Buddhist psychology of mind)
6.  Reciprocal influence of Hindu thought on Buddhism and Buddhist thought
   on Hinduism
7.  Tenets and textual analysis of the philosophy of ancient China (Tao
   Te Ching, Chuang tse, I Ching, Chung-yung, Confucian Analects,
   Mencius, Hsun-tse, Mo tse, Han Fei tse), highlighting the influence
   of the concepts of Taoism on the Confucian tradition and the interplay
   of Taoist and Confucian philosophies throughout Chinese philosophical
8.  Developments in Neo-Confucian philosophy; the philosophy of Mao
   Tse-tung, Confucian and western influences in modern
   Chinese democracy movement
9.  Tenets of Japanese philosophy (nationalism, primacy of aesthetics,
   mind-body mastery, influence of Buddhism, uniqueness of Zen
10. Influence of Buddhism in the west, particularly America (encounter
   between American pragmatism and Zen, philosophy of Nishitani, global
   influence of the Dalai Lama, Christian-Buddhist dialogue, worldwide
   movement of socially engaged Buddhist activism)
11. Tenets and influence on Western thought of modern Indian thought
   (Gandhi, Radhakrishnan, Yogananda, Krishnamurti)

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May include any or all of the following:
1.  Readings from course text and supplementary materials (10-30 pages
   per week)
2.  Group discussion of specific topics raised in lectures, videos, or
3.  Short essays examining and articulating the interplay
   between various aspects of Asian vs. Western philosophy
4.  Research project and written essay on a comparative theme, focusing
   on specific aspects of both Asian and Western philosophies
5.  Quizzes (multiple choice and/or short essay) on assigned readings,
   lectures, and/or video material
6.  Midterm examination including essay, short answer, and multiple
   choice sections
7.  Final examination including essay, short answer, and multiple choice

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
45 - 65%
Written homework, Reading reports, Term papers
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
25 - 45%
Multiple choice, True/false, Completion, Essay Exams
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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ANTHOLOGY OF ASIAN SCRIPTURES, Robert E. Van Voorst, Wadsworth, 2001.
ASIAN PHILOSOPHIES, 4th Edition, John M. Koller, Prentice Hall, 2002.
  2nd Edition, Patrick S. Bresnan, Prentice Hall, 2002.
SCRIPTURES OF THE EAST, James Fieser & John Powers, eds., McGraw Hill,
A SOURCEBOOK IN ASIAN PHILOSPHY, John M. Koller, Patricia Koller,
  Prentice Hall, 1991.

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