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PHIL-1301-003 Introduction to Philosophy
A study of major issues in philosophy and/or the work of major philosophical figures in philosophy. Topics in philosophy may include theories of reality, theories of knowledge, theories of value and their practical applications.
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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)
On Campus Course
1. Porter, Burton, Philosophy Through Film, 2nd Edition, Sloan Publishing, 2009.
2. Optional: Blackburn, Simon, The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, 2nd Edition Revised, Oxford University Press, 2008.
3. Optional: Most Recent Edition of The MLA Handbook
Your textbook, syllabus, and access to a computer to complete assignments and review class materials.
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Online communication will be achieved between students and the professor by using AC Connect. It is the student's responsibility to check for email messages and announcements regarding this class by clicking on AC Connect at the top of the Amarillo College home page, and then clicking on the icon identifying this class. You will be able to communicate with both your classmates and professor, check your syllabus, find required supplemental materials, assignments, and grades posted there. Instructor response to student emails may take up to 24 hrs.
All exams will be taken in class. Weekly assignments will be submitted through Blackboard. If you need assistance submitting assignments through Blackboard, view the Blackboard 101 Tutorial video in the "Start Here" folder or contact the Student Success Center. All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period (7pm). Assignments submitted after the beginning of the class period will be considered late.
Late Assignments: 10 pts will be deducted from the grade for late assignments for each day they are late. After three days, late assignments will receive a zero..
OBJECTIVES AND GOALS: We will identify history’s leading paradigmatic philosophers and analyze their philosophies through assigned readings, lectures, and discussion of contemporary films.
POLICY CONCERNING SENSITIVE SUBJECT MATTER: In the college experience, students encounter diverse views and new subject matter which expand their knowledge and perspective. In all Humanities or Philosophy courses, we might observe, read, and discuss some works with subject matter that could include (but not be limited to) death, violence, sexuality, race, potentially offensive language, and political or religious viewpoints different from your own. If any sensitive subject matter is a concern for you, please arrange a meeting with the instructor.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (EXEMPLARY EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES):
Upon successful completion of the course, students will:
THE STUDY OF PHILOSOPHY: Philosophy is an important part to the foundation of a liberal arts education. Courses in philosophy help to provide a deeper understanding of the concepts which have formed human cultures while at the same time helping to develop the students’ skills in critical analysis, their ability to write and interpret texts from all cultures, and to examine the ideas behind theoretical thinking.
SPECIFIC COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR PHILOSOPHY 1301:
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Personal computers or devices are necessary for participation in this class, but the improper use of any device will not be tolerated..
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|COURSE GRADE BREAKDOWN:||COURSE GRADING SCALE:|
|Weekly Assignments 20% (averaged)|
|First Examination 20%||90-100 A|
|Second Examination 20%||80-89 B|
|Final Examination 20%||60-69 D|
|Research Paper 20%||0-59 F|
Regular attendance and classroom participation are required. Your instructor will explain attendance requirements and exceptions in the first class session (remote). Students who do not "attend" either of the first two classes will be administratively dropped from the course.
Part I: Introduction
Jan 18 Class #1
Porter, preface and Introduction
Introduction/Course Policies and Requirements. Review Research Paper Options.
Maximizing Your Course Syllabus, Textbook, Home Page, Lecture Notes, Films and Discussions
What is Philosophy, and Who is a Philosopher?
The Branches of Philosophy. Why Study Philosophy through Film?
Defining Moment Assignment (Common Assessment)
Part II: Eastern Philosophy
Jan 20 Class #2
Defining Moment Paragraph(Common Assessment) Due
Confucius, Hindu Scripture and Philosophy, and The Buddha’s Deer Park Sermon
“Bhagavad Gita” and “Deer Park Sermon”
Receive Confucius Quotes Assignment (Due next class).
View Groundhog Day.
Exam #1 in Blackboard-- (Due Jan 27).
Part III: Western Philosophy
Jan 25 Class #3
Confucius Quotes Assignment Due
Porter, pp. 11-17, 51-55.
View and Discuss Groundhog Day. Review Critical Thinking Assignment in Common Assessment.
Jan 27 Class #4
Exam #1 Due
Epistemology: Obtaining Reliable Knowledge—Plato’s Republic
View The Truman Show.
Porter, pp. 18-27
Porter, pp. 28-41
Feb. 1 Class #5
Empiricism, Rationalism, The Allegory of Plato’s Cave
View and Discuss The Truman Show.
Porter pp. 77-88, 109-119
Feb. 3 Class #6
Metaphysics: The Nature of Reality
The Truman Show questions due
Porter, pp. 125-133.
View and Discuss 2001, A Space Odyssey and The Matrix
Feb. 8 Class #7
The Matrix questions due.
Metaphysics. The Philosophy of Religion. Thomas Aquinas—Five Ways.
Porter, pp. 207-226,236-245.
Feb. 10 Class #8
View and Discuss Contact.
The Philosophy of Religion. C.S. Lewis.
Porter, pp. 227-235, 251-259.
View Exam #2 Study Guide (Optional but recommended--due next class period through Blackboard if you choose to complete it).
Feb. 15 Class #9
Exam #2 Study Guide (Optional) Due @ 7pm through Blackboard.
Exam #2 in Class
Feb. 17 Class #10
Contact questions due
Intro to Ethics--ethical dilemmas. Why study ethics?
Porter, pp. 139-150, 170-193.
View and/or Discuss Crash, Vertical Limit, and On the Waterfront.
Feb. 22 Class #11
On the Waterfront questions due
Ethics: Ways of Viewing Moral Behavior. Utilitarianism and Duty Ethic
Porter, pp. 151-169, 194-202.
View and Discuss Saving Private Ryan.
Feb. 24 Class #12
Obtain signed drop form if you intend to drop. Last Day to Drop Without a Failing Grade is Tuesday March 1, 2022.
Virtue Ethics and Aristotle’s Golden Mean
Read: The Declaration of Independence. United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Group Discussion on Ethics, Human Rights, and Pol. Philosophy--Paragraph Writing Assignment (Common Assessment) due class#15.
March 1 Class #13
No Class Tonight. Saving Private Ryan Questions Due by 7pm. Finish, Proofread, and Submit your Research Project.. Papers are due by 11:59pm tonight
March 3 Class #14
Critical Thinking in Ethics (Short Essay in Common Assessment) due.
Political Philosophy: The Individual and Society
Porter, pp. 265-295.
Discuss Born on the 4th of July.
March 8 Class #15
Group Discussion Assignment (in Common Assessment) due.
John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, and American Democracy Basic Human Rights. Aristotle. Social Contract.
Porter pg. 326-332.
View and Discuss To Kill a Mockingbird.
View Final Exam Study Guide (Optional--Due Class #16 @ 7pm through Blackboard).
March 10 Class #16
Final Exam in Class. Optional Final Exam Study Guide Due.
Note: Movie clips listed in this syllabus will be shown as time (or circumstances) allows. It is possible that some will not be viewed in class due to time constraints or other issues.
DO NOT FORGET THIS DATE:
Last Day to Withdraw without a Failing Grade: March 1, 2022
01/01/22 12:10 AM
03/03/22 6:55 PM