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PHIL 2010

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at   
Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Survey Of Philosophical Thought   
Prerequisite(s)   Exit or exemption from Learning Support English and reading or all ENSL requirements   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
Students examine Western philosophical thought with a brief survey of its principal schools from early Greek to contemporary.

Expected Educational Results   
As a result of completing this course, the student will:

a. Develop an understanding of major philosophical figures in a historical perspective.

b. Develop an insight into several key philosophical problems to which this historical tradition speaks.

c. Develop an understanding of philosophy as an inquiry that is relevant to students' lives because it speaks directly to the workd in which they live.
General Education Outcomes   
a)  Students develop listening skills through lectures, class discussion, and peer group activities.

b)  Students develop speaking skills through class discussions and peer group activities.

c)  Students develop reading skills through the comprehension of the form and content of textbook material and professional essays.

d)  Students develop writing skills through the composition of expository and argumentative essays.

e)  Students develop critical thinking skills through the analysis and evaluation of philosophical arguments.
Course Content   
a)  Instructors should cover in detail at least three general areas of philosophy, such as ethics, social/political theory, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, epistemology, and philosophy of mind.

b)  Instructors should select at least one reading from each of the four main historical periods (ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary).

c)  Instructors should emphasize the historical and cultural contexts in which the major philosophers wrote; including, for example, the role of gender in the western philosophical tradition, and the relation of western philosophy to non-western traditions.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
I) Assessment of student work in individual courses may include, but is not limited to:

a)  Class participation.  (0-25 % of final grade)

b)  At least two in-class exams.  The exam questions should require students to write essays.  (25-40 % of the final grade)

c)  At least three out-of-class writing assignments, for a total of about 3,000 words (10-12 pages).  (25-40 % of final grade)

d)  Comprehensive final exam.  (10-25 % of final grade).
The individual instructor will determine the number and nature of writing assignments that students must complete; tests are given at the indvidual instructor's discretion, and the final exam will be an activity of appropriate significance to the course.
II)  Departmental assessment of the course.  

An evaluation will be administered to all sections of Phil 2010 by faculty teaching those sections.  Students will fill out a questionnaire directly related to the objectives of the course.  They will also write on one philosophical topic that they choose from a list of topics that reflect those course objectives.  After students have completed the evaluation, instructors teaching the course will meet to review the questionnaire responses and essays, and to consider their implication for syllabus revision.

These evaluations will be given every three years during the Fall semester, either during the last or second to last week of that semester, or alternately as part of the final exam.    

III)  Use of Assessment Findings:

The philosophy faculty and other interested parties will use the information gathered from the departmental assessment to revise the Common Course Outline if such revision is deemed beneficial.

Revised January 2007
Last Revised: Jul. 29, 2011
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