Course Abstract Details

PHIL-120, World Philosophy

Credits: 3

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

PHIL-120, World Philosophy is a critical survey of some of the significant philosophical traditions outside the standard canon in Western philosophy. Students will explore Non-Western philosophical traditions (such as those originating in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and among Native Americans) and traditions that stand as alternatives to the standard Western canon (such as select African-American, feminist, gay/lesbian, post-modern, and post-structuralist philosophical approaches). Major themes in Western philosophy will be identified and compared to non-Western and alternative traditions in order to develop an awareness of different philosophical perspectives and to invite students into a critical exploration of their own worldviews and of contemporary global issues. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of ENG-097 and READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW. GENERAL EDUCATION Offered Fall and Spring terms.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Learn how to read and interpret philosophical texts. (G10-1) (H11-1) 

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 central tenets and implications of philosophical theories from non-Western and alternative philosophical traditions. Identify fundamental themes in Western philosophical traditions. (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. Draw critical comparisons between different philosophical perspectives. Discern important differences and significant themes between select theories. (G-2, 6) (H-1, 2, 4) 

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

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

8. Critically explore the role of culture in philosophical exploration and the possibility and value of multicultural philosophical exploration. (G-2, 6) (H-2, 3, 4) 

9. Critically explore the value and possible necessity of diversity in philosophical exploration. Critically consider the role of philosophical exploration in the development of diverse cultures. (G-2, 6) (H-2, 3, 4) 

10. Use philosophical activity as a way to explore issues that are important to you and to expand, challenge, and refine your views. (G-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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