PHIL 1501: Introduction to Philosophy Spring 2009 Distance Learning Off-line Course Syllabus

PHIL 1501: Introduction to Philosophy
Spring 2009 Distance Learning Off-line
Dr. John Eigenauer
Course Syllabus
Please read the following before starting the class.
General Information
All of your assignments will be based upon the book Doubt: A History by Jennifer Michael
Hecht. Plan to spend approximately 9 hours a week on the course.
Catalog Description
Catalog Description: A theoretical and practical treatment of the types and problems of
philosophy is studied with particular concerns for issues confronting the modern age.
Included are studies relating to the value systems found in the intellectual, religious, ethical
and political areas of man’s development. Emphasis is placed throughout the course on the
art and science of logic. Advisory: Eligibility for English 50 & 54 strongly recommended.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful course completion, the student will be able to:
1. think critically about the role of objective thought in personal decisions, social
life, and culture.
2. respond effectively to questions with which philosophy deals.
3. evaluate objectively the results of critical inquiry.
4. demonstrate understanding of the relationships among various philosophical
Instructor Contact Information/Office Hours
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone/Voice mail: (661) 763-7722
On-campus office: GYM
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM and Tuesdays 9:00
AM until 11:00 AM.
Textbook and Course Materials
Textbook: Doubt: A History by Jennifer Michael Hecht. The text is available in the college
bookstore and on-line from a number of sources. You will need to purchase the text.
Grading Policy
Your grade in this class is based upon the following assessments:
Projects: Seven assignments of approximately 90 points each. (Point totals vary slightly,
based upon the number of questions per assignment). Please provide an email address so
that I can send you all the assignments at the start of the semester. You may also request
that them by mail.
If you do not have access to Taft College instructional aides and you would like your
projects returned to you, please include a self addressed stamped envelope with each
submission. Alternately, I can comment generally and provide grades via email.
Final Exam: One final paper worth 100 points.
No points are available for extra credit activities. Your course grade will be determined by
the percentage of the points you earn divided by the total number of points possible.
All activities must be submitted by 11:30 PM Pacific Time of the due date listed on
the calendar. I will accept late assignments submitted within one week of the original due
date. There will be a 20% point reduction assessed for missing the original due date. I will
not accept activities submitted more than one week past the original due date. Assignments
more than one week late receive zero points. All activities must be completed and
submitted by 11:30 PM (Pacific Time) May 18, 2009.
Grading Scale
Incomplete Policy
I will assign a grade of Incomplete (“I”) ONLY when extenuating circumstances beyond your
control prevent you from completing the course AND you have made satisfactory progress
prior to the event. Extenuating circumstances include illness, accidents, death in the family,
etc. Please contact me if any of these circumstances apply.
Attendance Policy
It is YOUR responsibility to drop the class. Failure to do so may result in a failing grade.
Consult the class calendar for drop deadlines.
Academic Honesty
You are expected to submit your own work in this class. It is NEVER acceptable to
submit another student’s work as your own or permit another student to submit
your work as his / her own. Nor is it acceptable to copy any material from any
source (whether printed, written, or electronic) and use that within your work
without providing exact and proper citation. In simplest terms: if you use three
words or more from any source, put quotes around those words and include a
citation. Furthermore, do not summarize someone else’s work without a citation.
Instances of academic dishonesty will result in failure in the course for ALL parties
involved. Flagrant acts of academic dishonesty will be referred to the Vice President of
Instruction and/or the Vice President of Student Services for resolution and possible
disciplinary action.
Course Procedures
Your work depends almost entirely on your reading and understanding of the text, Doubt: A
History. You will have two weeks to complete each reading assignment. You will receive a
list of questions to answer for every unit (seven units total).
Answer all questions for the reading assignments to the best of your ability. Number each
answer to correspond to each question. Each question will be worth approximately five
points. Answers to questions must be submitted in typed or clearly printed format. Include
at the top of each page your name, the assignment number, and contact information (if
possible). Submit your work each week via email, mail, delivery to the Learning Resource
Center, or other means available through Taft College.
Course Calendar
Unit 1: Greek Doubt
Reading assignment: chapter 1, Greek Doubt, pages 1-44.
Due Monday Feb. 2, 2009
Unit 2: Roman Doubt
Reading assignment: chapter 4, Empire of Reason, pages 125-168.
Due Monday Feb, 18, 2009
Unit 3: Christian Doubt
Reading assignment: chapter 5, Late Classical Mix, pages 169-215.
Due Monday March 2, 2009
Unit 4: Medieval Doubt
Reading assignment: chapter 6, Muslims to Jews to Christians, pages 216-263.
Due Monday March 16, 2009
Unit 5: Renaissance Doubt
Reading assignment: chapter 7, Renaissance and Inquisition, pages 264-314.
Due Monday March 30, 2009
Unit 6: Enlightenment Doubt
Reading assignment: chapter 8, Revolutions in the Authority of Reason, pages 315370.
Due Monday April 20, 2009
Unit 7: Doubt in the Age of Science
Reading assignment: chapter 9, Freethinking in the Age of Science and Reform,
pages 371-427.
Due Monday May 4, 2009
Final Exam
Due Monday May 18, 2009