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Course Content and Outcomes Guide for PHL 298 Effective Fall 2021

Course Number:
PHL 298
Course Title:
Independent Study: Philosophy
Credit Hours:
1-4
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:

Course Description

Provides advanced, individualized study in areas of philosophy not considered in other courses to meet special interests or program requirements. Requires a term project and readings approved by the instructor. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. 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

Upon completion of the course students 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.
  • Meet learning outcomes specific to this project as mutually agreed upon by the student and instructor in advance through a written learning contract, and as appropriate to the credit awarded for this course.

Course Activities and Design

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

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