PHL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

Course Description

Introduction to Philosophy is an introduction to some of the major areas, ideas, and thinkers of philosophy. Students will read selections from major philosophers in Western Philosophy, as well as texts representing non-traditional or non-Western sources, such as Native American, Asian and Feminist thought. Students will also be introduced to some of the main problems and concepts in areas such as Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, and Aesthetics, as well as investigate other issues of movements, such as Existentialism or Feminism. Group 1 course.

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Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies

Completion of ENG 11/111 or placement into ENG 111

General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Communications - Direct, Critical Thinking - Direct

Other college designations supported by this course

Degree Req:Cultural Persp/Div, Infused: Writing Intensive

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate historical and conceptual knowledge of Philosophy.
  • Practice Philosophical Analysis and Inquiry to course content.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Relate philosophical inquiry with other areas of human endeavor including historical contexts.
  • Evaluate philosophical issues within intra-cultural and global contexts.
Human Dimension:
  • Reflect on traditional philosophical and non-traditional conceptual frameworks and paradigms.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Demonstrate open-mindedness by considering alternative historical and cultural values and points of view.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Communicate as a philosopher.