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PHIL 2010H

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Survey Of Philosophical Thought (Honors)
Prerequisite(s) Acceptance into the Honors Program
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
None Specified

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

c)  Instructors will emphasize the historical and cultural contexts in which the major philosophers wrote; including topics such as the role of gender in the western philosophical tradition and the relation of western philosophy to non-western traditions.

d)  This honors course will emphasize in-depth exploration of both primary and secondary texts.

e)  Tests and a final exam prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine part of the course grade.  Each test and the final will require, but are not limited to, essay responses to questions designed for the demonstration of skills in analysis or synthesis.  

f)  An in-depth study of some aspect of the course content will also be required of each student.  Types of assignments to satisfy this requirement are suggested below:

1) An interpretive paper or papers based on intensive study of primary and secondary sources.

2)  An annotated bibliography on outside readings equivalent to the preceding paper assignments.

3)  Oral presentations of a research project.

4)  Panel presentations about specific topics, such as Plato vs. Aristotle on the Forms, Free Will and Determinism, or Rationalism vs. Empiricism.

5)  A paper articulating the student's own reasoned philosophical views and original philosophical thinking on a particular topic addressed in the course.

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

a)  Class participation and quizzes: 0-25%                                                              

b)  At least two in-class exams:25-40%                                                                

c)  At least three out-of-class writing assignments,
for a total of about 3,600 words (12-14 pages): 25-40%                                                            

d)  Comprehensive final exam: 10-25%                                               
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.                                                                                                                            
Total: 100%                                                                                                                          

II) Departmental assessment of the course.  

An evaluation will be administered to the students of Phil 2010H by the course instructor.  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, the course instructor will meet with other interested parties to review the questionnaire responses and essays, and to consider their implication for syllabus revision.

The evaluation will be administered each time the course is offered, either during the last or second to last week of the semester, or alternately, as part of the final exam.  


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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