- Course Number:
- PHL 210
- Course Title:
- Introduction to Asian Philosophy
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Course DescriptionIntroduces the non-dualistic philosophies of India, China, Japan, and South East Asia, which offer a complementary approach to Western traditions in logic, ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
The course is designed to outline philosophical principles and themes central to Indian and Asian thought, and to trace the evolution of these ideas which resulted from the various cultures through which they passed. Toward this end, the course will incorporate cultural aspects of the philosophical traditions studied, which both shape and express their distinct world views.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Students completing this course should be able to:
- Identify basic philosophical concepts in Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian thought in order to critically assess readings from diverse historical and academic sources.
- Identify and explain foreign terms and concepts in each philosophical tradition in order to understand different cultural perspectives and communicate effectively with individuals sharing those perspectives.
- Recognize and reflect on cultural influences that have shaped ones own intellectual perspectives, concepts, and values in order to critically assess ones own conceptions of self in a broader cultural context and empower ones ability for self refinement.
- Recognize and reflect on cultural perspectives which differ from ones own in order to define ones responsibility within a diverse community and respectfully communicate with others whose opinions might differ from ones own.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment strategies will include some of the following:
- Essays in the form of inclass exams, short papers, or term papers
- Short-answer exams
- Student presentations
- Group and individual projects
- Class and small group discussions
- Service learning projects
- Participation in field trips
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Themes, Concepts, Issues
The course will focus on some or all of the following topics and issues:
- The non-dualistic philosophies of India, China, Japan, and South East Asia
- Comparison of the above traditions to Western traditions in logic, ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics
- The interplay between philosophical ideas and other cultural aspects of the civilizations that give rise to them
Competencies and Skills:
- Students will learn to do some or all of the following:
- Read and analyze primary and secondary source literatures from Asian traditions
- Reflective reading, listening, thinking, writing, and speaking about Asian philosophical traditions
- Extrapolate from philosophical ideas to situations that arise in students= own lives
- Discuss and write about the cultural influences that have shaped their own intellectual perspectives, concepts, and values