PHIL 110R 1M. Logic and Critical Reasoning
Prerequisite: Math placement of 22.
An introduction to traditional and symbolic logic that typically includes : (1) informal fallacies, (2) syllogistic logic, and (3) elementary sentential and predicate logic. Students are required to construct proofs using a variety of formal methods.
PHIL 200R 01. Philosophy and the Modern Drama
The primary aim of the course is to provide students with the abilities to recognize and evaluate ethical issues and perspectives as they relate to economic, social, cultural, political, and technological globalization. More specifically, students will be working through plays and short stories that examine what it means to be human and wrestle with “social evils” of the day. By “evil” what we mean are enactments and experiences of unmerited suffering, undeserved harm, or unjustified pain that humans create amongst themselves and others.
Course Evaluation: There will be 4 exams and 1 term paper (6-8 pages). Attendance is also required and calculated.
PHIL 200R 02. Philosophy and the Modern Drama
Please see PHIL 200R 01. Philosophy and the Modern Drama description above.
PHIL 200R 04. Race, Gender, Science and Medicine
4.00 credit hours
Supplemental instruction available.
In Race, Gender, Science and Medicine students will critically analyze: 1. The role of race and gender in science and medicine; i.e. how these impact the doing of science and medicine. 2. How science and medicine have studied race and gender. 3. The interaction between science, medicine, and marginalized people. We will look at variety of views on these issues, assess the evidence and arguments that are presented to us through our texts and hopefully have energetic class discussions about the material. You will be assessed through quizzes, written assignments, essay exams, and a final project. This course is reading intensive.
Optional Course Component: Cultures and Language Across the Curriculum (LANG 230)
Interested in using your foreign language skills to earn extra credit connected to this course and to learn more about the subject matter of this course at the same time? If so, register for the CLAC components offered here. You don’t need to be fluent in the language to exercise this option. In fact, you need only to have completed two credits beyond 112 or to be currently enrolled in a course beyond 112. Your work will be guided by your professor and by faculty from the Languages Department. The CLAC module is designed for intermediate level language learners.
Students who select the CLAC option will complete work in a foreign language that will supplement the work in this course. Students who complete the CLAC assignments successfully will earn 1 credit for the CLAC component.
To register for the CLAC component, you must also register for a one-credit LANG 230 CLAC module listed among the Language Department’s offerings. Meeting times and location will be arranged at the beginning of the semester. Credit for CLAC modules may be counted toward the requirements for International Studies and as elective credit in the Language department.
PHIL 200R 05. Applied Ethics
Prerequisite: Section open to SCE STUDENTS ONLY.
An inter-theoretical approach to the analysis of moral and social issues in relation to the cultural contexts in which they arise. Case studies include Euthanasia, Surrogate Motherhood, Prostitution, Same-Sex Marriage, Capital Punishment, among others. Students will be evaluated by two quizzes, a formal essay of 6-8 pages (approximately) and a final exam.
PHIL 200R 06. Applied Ethics
Prerequisite: Section open to Traditional students only.
Please see PHIL 200R 05. Applied Ethics description above.
PHIL 311 1W. The History of Modern Philosophy
Prerequisite: PHIL 310 or permission of instructor.
An examination of philosophical treatments of topics in metaphysics and epistemology from Descartes to Kant. Topics include sense perception, the relation between mind and body, ideas and intellection in knowledge of physical reality, the limits of human knowledge, causation, and the existence of God. Text selections are as follows (mostly in the anthology): Descartes Meditations and Correspondence, Malebranche (hand-out), Leibniz Discourse on Metaphysics & Other Essays, Locke Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Berkeley Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, Hume Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, and Kant Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics. This will be a very small seminar (T TH), so in-class participation will be a factor in the grade. Assessment will be determined by two in-class exams, a 15-page term paper (approximately), and a final exam. Students will design their own term paper topics, with the approval of the instructor. Writing Intensive.
PHIL 380 1W. African American (Social) Philosophy
Prerequisite: One prior course in Philosophy or permission of instructor.
This course examines a select set of issues in the philosophical thinking of African-American philosophers such as race and racism, separation and assimilation, violence, liberation, social justice, and race and gender.
Course Objectives: is designed to provide students with an engagement with African American Scholars who:
Course Evaluation: There will be 5 (take home) exams and 1 In-class exam. Attendance is also required and calculated. Writing Intensive.
PHIL 400 1W. Senior Seminar
4.00 credit hours
Prerequisite: PHIL 312 or permission of instructor.
The goal of senior seminar is to produce and present a substantial, high quality research paper in philosophy. To this end you will be engaging in research, critically assessing the materials you find and learning to critically assess your own writing. You also will be working collaboratively with your fellow students, assisting their research, helping them to assess the quality of their materials as well as the quality of their writing.
The course will begin with us talking about time management and writing and research methods. We will move on to read and discuss readings that directly pertain to your research. Each of you will provide an article or book excerpt for the class to help you work through and to expand your own knowledge base in philosophy. Writing Intensive.
PHIL 490 00. Independent Study
Prerequisite: Permission only.
PHIL 491 00. Internship
Prerequisite: Permission only.
PHIL 499 00. Senior Honors Thesis
Prerequisite: Departmental Permission.