SRJC Course Outlines

11/11/2019 7:47:45 PMPHIL 6 Course Outline as of Fall 2014

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

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
Also Listed As: 
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Catalog Description:
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An inquiry into truth and value through studies of the philosophers. Stresses philosophical issues, themes, and problems, as well as methods of philosophical inquiry.  Examines how philosophy has tried to answer the perennial questions about reality, truth, and value.  Explores philosophy's role in personal and social life.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
An inquiry into truth and value through studies of the philosophers. Stresses philosophical issues, themes, and problems, as well as methods of philosophical inquiry.  Examines how philosophy has tried to answer the perennial questions about reality, truth, and value.  Explores philosophy's role in personal and social life.
(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 1981
Inactive: 
 Area:E
Humanities
 
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:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHIL6

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, students will be able to:
1.  Differentiate between philosophy and other disciplines, e.g., physics, literature.
2.  Differentiate 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: 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 topics.
5. Provide philosophical interpretation of primary texts.
6.  Analyze and evaluate contemporary applications of the above arguments.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Philosophical methods
    a.  Logic
    b.  Rationalism
    c.  Empiricism
2.  The nature of philosophical issues
    a.  Overview of key philosophical fields and topics
    b.  Relationship between philosophical issues and worldviews
3.  God and religion
    a.  Existence and nature of God
    b.  Relationship between religion and science
    c.  Relationship between religion and morality
4.  The nature of reality
    a.  Relationship between being and becoming
    b.  Relationship between mind and matter
5.  The nature of truth
    a.  Relationship between opinion and truth
    b.  Relationship between truth and knowledge
    c.  Coherence
    d.  Correspondence
    e.  Pragmatic theories
6.  Personal identity
    a.  Relationship between self and body
    b.  Relationship between self and thought
    c.  Relationship between self and consciousness
    d.  Relationship between self and society
    e.  Arguments justifying the claim there is no self
7.  Free will
    a.  Nature of free will
    b.  Determinism
    c.  Relationship between will and the good life
    d.  Relationship between free will and existential issues
8.  Morality
    a.  Nature of the good life
    b.  Relationship between religion and morality
    c.  Subjectivism
    d.  Relativism
    e.  Hedonism
    f.   Egoism
    g.  Altruism
    h.  Duty-based morality
     i.   Consequentialism
     j.   Virtue ethics
9.  Justice
    a.  Liberty
    b.  Equality
          1.  Civil rights
          2.  Natural rights
          3.  Human rights
          4.  Retributive justice
          5.  Distributive justice

Assignments:
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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.  Class discussion of regular journal assignments.
3.  Quizzes which cover the assigned readings.
4.  At least two midterms that require essays responding to material covered in class and texts.
5.  A  final examination that requires essays responding to material covered in class and texts.
6.  Term paper about research on an issue raised in class and defense of a particular position on that issue.  Length will vary, depending upon difficulty of topic,  concepts, and arguments.  Typical papers 5-10 pages.

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
30 - 60%
Written homework, term paper
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
40 - 60%
Exams will include multiple choice and essay
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 20%
Attendance and participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Archetypes of Wisdom, 7th ed.  Soccio, Douglas J.   Wadsworth:  2009
 
The Big Questions, 8th ed.   Solomon, Robert and Higgins, Kathleen.  Wadsworth:  2009.
 
Introduction to Philosophy, 5th ed.  Perry, John  and  Fischer, John.  Oxford:   2009.
 
Last Days of Socrates. Plato. Penquin Classics: 2003
 
Meditations on First Philosophy. Descrates. Oxford World's Classics:  2008
 
The Philosopher's Way, 3rd ed.  Caffee, John.  Prentice Hall:  2010.
 
What Does it All Mean? 1st ed.   Nagel,Thomas.   Oxford:  2004.

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