Introductory Philosophy

Subject
Philosophy (PHL)
Course Designator
PHL.201
Academic Dean
Assistant Vice President of Academic Services, Dean of Arts & Sciences
Last Offered
2020FA
Official Course Description

A problem approach organized to introduce the student to some of the thinkers, systems, and problems of philosophy facing humanity from ancient times to the present.

Master Course Proficiencies

In this course, students will…

Broad and Integrative Knowledge

  • Converse with texts of philosophical import in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology and axiology. (Broad3)
  • Show ability to recognize philosophical issues within everyday problems and ability to deal with everyday problems philosophically. (Broad2)
  • Demonstrate accurate knowledge about past and present philosophers, philosophical theories and traditions, and show ability to explain complexes of ideas found in their thought. (Broad3)
  • Identify relevant contexts, relationships and information for constructing a personal philosophical approach (Broad1)

Intellectual Skills

  • Demonstrate skills in critical thinking and philosophical analysis: Identify and frame a critical question in philosophy, and distinguish different approaches to that question, including key concepts and theories involved in each of those approaches. (Analytic Inquiry3)
  • Locate, explain and evaluate significant primary sources relevant to a central issue in philosophy. (Use of Information Resources1)
  • Recognize and reflect on points of view from other cultures and historical eras, as well as changes in the student’s own point of view. (Engaging Diverse Perspectives3)
  • Offer written communications that are clear and coherent for classmates and/or instructor, that operate through audience awareness, and that coordinate effectively with the group’s collective inquiry into problems in philosophy. (Communicative Fluency3)
  • Combine analytic inquiry, use of primary sources, diverse perspectives and effective communication to show how problems in philosophy—or in life more broadly—can be improved through application of philosophical frameworks or philosophical practices. (Ethical Reasoning2)

Applied and Collaborative Learning

  • Enter dialogue on philosophical issues through active participation in philosophical discussion and group projects. (Collaborative2)

Civic and Global Learning

  • Describe how philosophies or theories from differing cultural perspectives might affect the interpretation of the debate on a philosophical issue (e.g., how one should live, the foundations for knowledge, the status of the ‘I’ and personal identity)—and examine what can be gained from engaging with this diversity. (Global1)
  • Describe, explain and evaluate the background sources of the student’s own perspective on a philosophical issue or theme, and dialogically engage that perspective with perspectives from different cultures. (Global2)

Upcoming Offerings

Below is a list of the planned PHL.201 course sections for this semester and near future. The seat availability shown below is not updated in real time and may be out of date. Please keep in mind that course sections may be cancelled, changed, or otherwise altered before the course section start date.

2020 Fall (August-December)3 course sections

Section NameSynonymLocationMeeting InfoInstructorSeats AvailableAcademic CreditsBilling CreditsAdditional Info
Section Name
PHL.201.M01
Synonym
61871
Location
Mt Pleasant
Meeting Info
August 31 December 18
Lecture
Monday 6:00 PM – 8:55 PM
Center for Liberal Arts & Business
Classroom 305
Instructor
James VanderMey
Seats Available
26 of 35
Academic Credits
3.00
Billing Credits
3.00
Additional Info
In order to maintain social distancing, some sessions of this class will be conducted remotely online using Zoom videoconferencing software and/or Moodle. Consult your instructor for details.
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Section Name
PHL.201.W01
Synonym
61872
Location
Internet Offering
Meeting Info
August 31 December 18
Online Course
Instructor
Lucas Lockard
Seats Available
4 of 25
Academic Credits
3.00
Billing Credits
3.00
Additional Info
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Section Name
PHL.201.W02
Synonym
61873
Location
Internet Offering
Meeting Info
August 31 December 18
Online Course
Instructor
Lucas Lockard
Seats Available
1 of 25
Academic Credits
3.00
Billing Credits
3.00
Additional Info
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2021 Winter (January-May)3 course sections

Section NameSynonymLocationMeeting InfoInstructorSeats AvailableAcademic CreditsBilling CreditsAdditional Info
Section Name
PHL.201.W01
Synonym
62812
Location
Internet Offering
Meeting Info
January 11 May 7
Online Course
WEB
Online ONLINE
Instructor
Lucas Lockard
Seats Available
0 of 25
Academic Credits
3.00
Billing Credits
3.00
Additional Info
Registration is closed for this section.
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Section Name
PHL.201.W02
Synonym
62814
Location
Internet Offering
Meeting Info
January 11 May 7
Online Course
WEB
Online ONLINE
Instructor
Lucas Lockard
Seats Available
16 of 25
Academic Credits
3.00
Billing Credits
3.00
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Section Name
PHL.201.W04R
Synonym
63638
Location
Internet Offering
Meeting Info
January 11 May 7
RTV
Monday, Wednesday 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM
WEB
Online ONLINE
Instructor
James VanderMey
Seats Available
19 of 25
Academic Credits
3.00
Billing Credits
3.00
Additional Info
This virtual, real-time class will meet remotely at the scheduled times, using Zoom video conferencing software.
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