Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PHL 298
Course Title:
Independent Study: Philosophy
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Course Description

Advanced, individualized study in areas of philosophy not considered in other courses to meet special interests or program requirements. Complete a term project and readings approved by the instructor. Recommended: prior study in philosophy and instructor permission. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Specific aspects of this course are left to the discretion of the Instructor.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students completing this course should be able to

  • Recognize the philosophical assumptions embedded in the students' own ideas about the issues addressed in the course
  • Read and critically assess writings within the area of philosophy addressed in the course
  • Discuss and reflect on the area of philosophy addressed in the course

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies will include some of the following:

  • Graded homework assignments
  • Short-answer exams
  • Student presentations
  • Class and small group discussions
  • Essays or term papers
  • Attendance

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • The specific content of the course will be determined by the instructor.

Competencies and Skills:
Students will learn to:

  • Comprehend philosophical writings
  • Paraphrase. illustrate, and explain ideas contained in philosophical writings
  • Critique and challenge ideas within the scope of the specific topic within philosophy the course addresses
  • Write philosophically coherent arguments