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PHL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is a study of basic philosophical problems including: the existence of God, the immortality of the soul, knowledge, the mind-body problem, ethics in society, subjectivism, objectivism and pragmatism, political problems arising from philosophical ideas and the theory of beauty.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Develop critical analytical skills in reading and writing by constructing a philosophical essay.
  2. Apply learned terms in the discipline of philosophy while assessing ideas in class discussion and debate.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to present and critique arguments from presented authors and the student.
  4. Identify the importance of careful analytical thinking and awareness through discussion and essay.
  5. Demonstrate comfortable use of vocabulary necessary for classroom discussions via short answers in class essays.
Listed Topics
  1. Issues of philosophical analysis and description
  2. Branches and methods of philosophy
  3. The value of philosophy and its limits
  4. Basic questions and breakthroughs of the historical eras in philosophy
  5. Historically noted thinkers and theories in the discipline
  6. Optional: God-existence, Ethics, Freedom, Sexuality and Gender, Knowledge
Reference Materials
Texts with primary and secondary sources
Associated multimedia materials as additions to text contents
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 4/24/2020
Last Reviewed: 1/26/2023

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