Course Abstract Details

PHIL-101, Introduction to Philosophy

Credits: 3

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

PHIL-101, Introduction to Philosophy, involves students in the critical and open activity of philosophical inquiry. Philosophy is an on-going conversation that explores who we are, what our world is, and how we are to act toward the world. Students will read and discuss some of the contributions to that conversation by classic and contemporary philosophers for the purpose of seeing how these people engaged questions that have real applications to us and to see how their thoughts shaped or prod at our lives today. Students will be expected to critique the contributions made by these philosophers and to critique their own ideas and worldviews. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of ENG-097 and READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Learn how to read and interpret philosophical texts. (G1-1) (H2-1) 

2. Participate in class discussions of topical issues and philosophical perspectives, maintaining a cooperative, respectful, and supportive environment. (G-1, 2, 7) (H-1, 2, 4) 

3. Demonstrate comprehension of key concepts, tenets, and arguments from assigned readings, with awareness of the complexity and nuance within the views expressed in those readings. (G-1, 2) (H-1, 2, 3, 4) 

4. Recognize connections between assigned reading material and issues relevant to our lives today. (G-2, 6) (H-1, 2, 4, 5) 

5. Critically evaluate different philosophical perspectives, while exhibiting fairness and charity toward the views under consideration. (G-2) (H-1, 4) 

6. Develop fair, reasoned, and insightful critiques of your own perspectives. (G-2) (H-2, 4, 5) 

7. Use philosophical activity as a way to explore issues that are important to you and to expand, challenge, and refine your views. (G-2, 5, 7) (H-4, 5)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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