Course Content and Outcome Guide for PHL 201

Course Number:
PHL 201
Course Title:
Being and Knowing
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Course Description

Introduces metaphysics and the theory of knowledge via the works of important figures in the history of philosophy. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students completing this course should be able to:
? Recognize and evaluate the philosophical assumptions embedded in one€™s own ideas and the ideas that permeate our culture in order to critically
assess the truth and validity of arguments from diverse sources.
? Identify and reflect on philosophical arguments from the history of philosophy in order to effectively communicate with others that might have divergent points of view.
? Recognize and reflect on the interconnectedness and the historical development of philosophical ideas in order to be conscious of the role  philosophical ideas play in one€™s own culture and the cultures of others.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies will include some of the following:
·       Essays in the form of in-class exams, short papers, or term papers.
·       Student presentations.
·       Class and small group discussions.
·       Portfolios.
·       Service learning projects.
·       Attendance.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The course will focus on the following topics and issues with
a primary focus on the Western philosophical tradition:
·       Metaphysics.
·       Epistemology.
·       What is a philosophical question?
·       How have some historically significant philosophers (including, but not limited to Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Leibnitz, Spinoza, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Russell, Wittgenstein) responded to philosophical questions?
·       Epistemological and metaphysical issues that are raised in other areas of philosophy (e. g., ethics, philosophy of religion, aesthetics, philosophy of science, etc.)
            Competencies and Skills: Students will learn to:
·       Comprehend philosophical writings.
·       Paraphrase, illustrate, and explain ideas contained in philosophical writings.
·       Critique and challenge philosophical ideas.
·       Write philosophically coherent arguments.