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Introduction to Philosophy

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Course Description
    Instructor: Dr. Annie J. Daniel / Email: cfinegan@iup.edu
    Time: 6 weeks, Sunday through Saturday
    Total study hours: 50 hours
    Credits: 4
    This course is an introduction to the core complexities of philosophy. Within the course text, we will have the opportunity to analytically study present alternative perspectives; including analytic, continental, feminist, and non-Western viewpoints; alongside the historical works of major philosophers. Students will be presented with alternative views on philosophical issues and encouraged to reflect on the content to arrive at their own conclusions, which should be based on arguments in during the discussions with classmates, as well as on the discussions in your textbook. The purpose of philosophy is to encourage each person to think for himself or herself; no single source of arguments or information can take the place of personal dialogues and discussions.
Required Text
  • Introducing Philosophy: A Text with Integrated Readings, Solomon, Robert C., Higgins, Kathleen M., Martin, Clancy.
  • Course Objectives
    • Define philosophy and identify the major fields of philosophical study.
    • Examine the history of Western thought, from the famous Greek philosophers up to the cutting-edge intellectuals of today.
    • Discuss the various thematic topics, including metaphysics, epistemology, free will and determinism, evil and the existence of God, personal identity, ethical values, and political philosophy.
    • Analyze the different perspectives, including Eastern philosophies, and postcolonial thought.
    Grading Policy Evaluation.
    • Unit Assignments (including Unit Quizzes and Homework Assignments) --> 25%
    • Midterm and Final Exams --> 40%
    • Quizzes --> 30%
    • Total = 95%
    Descriptions of Evaluation Assignments
    • Participation
    • Attendance and class participation can affect borderline grades.
    • Examinations
    • There will be two examinations: a midterm and a final of equal weight. The examinations cover all readings and lectures. The final covers only material since midterm. A typical exam is comprised of multiple choice, identification, and short answer questions. The course will enforce Jinan University standards of academic integrity.
    • Final Assignment
    • Students will submit a short essay of 3-5 pages and a 10-minute presentation on a historical event of their choice Assignment instructions will be distributed the first week of class. The professor and teaching assistants are available for consultation, and a week before the due date. And presentation are due the last week of class. No late papers are accepted. The essay and presentation will go through Turn it In and they must have an index below 5%.
    • Quizzes and in-class Assignments
    • Periodically, you may have unannounced individual in class quizzes and individual and group assignment that you may perform in class.
    Teaching Remark/ Class Management Rules.
    • 1. Online tests must be completed within a limited time. Students are required to adjust their learning progress by completing the unit and all course contents and online quizzes before the end of the course, including interim and final examinations.
    • 2. Attendance and participation are expected. Students with disabilities and special needs should consult with the professor early in the semester.
    • 3. Academic Honesty
    • Defining academic misconduct as any act by a student that misrepresents the students’ own academic work or that compromises the academic work of another scholastic misconduct includes (but is not limited to) cheating on assignments or examinations; plagiarizing, i.e. misrepresenting as one’s own work any work done by another; submitting the same paper, or substantially similar papers, to meet the requirements of more than one course without the approval and consent of the instructors concerned; sabotaging another’s work within these general definitions, however, Instructors determine what constitutes academic misconduct in the courses they teach. Students found guilty of academic misconduct in any portion of the academic work face penalties ranging from lowering of their course grade to awarding a grade of F for the entire course.