Southern State Community College Curriculum Committee – April 2015 PHIL 1102 – Introduction to Western Philosophy Page 1 of 3 I. OTM 19966 COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Western Philosophy COURSE NUMBER: 1102 II. PREREQUISITES: III. CREDIT HOURS: 3 LABORATORY HOURS: 0 IV. COURSE DESCRIPTION: COURSE PREFIX: PHIL English 1101 LECTURE HOURS: 3 OBSERVATION HOURS: 0 This course is designed to acquaint students with the value and various methods of philosophically examining life experiences, as well as to acquaint them with the historical development of Western philosophy from the Greeks to the modern age. Students are required to read at least one primary work by a major Western philosopher, as well as to write short philosophical papers. In addition, students will be encouraged to raise philosophical questions about knowledge, experience, value systems, and so forth. V. GRADING: Follows the policy in the college catalog A B C D F VI. 90 – 80 – 70 – 60 – 0 – 100 89 79 69 59 ADOPTED TEXT(S): Archetypes of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy 9th Edition Douglas J. Soccio Cengage ISBN: 978-1-2858-7431-9 PHIL 1102 – Introduction to Western Philosophy Page 2 of 3 VII. COURSE OBJECTIVES: The students will: (1) (2) (3) (4) Demonstrate an understanding of basic philosophical inquiry from the days of Socrates and Plato through the 20th Century; Demonstrate a general understanding of the development of Western philosophy; Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of Judeo-Christian beliefs on Western philosophy; Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of philosophy to other aspects of society (politics, religion, education, business, medicine, etc.); (5) Demonstrate a more detailed understanding of at least one major Western philosopher (6) Demonstrate an understanding of basic philosophical terms. VIII. COURSE METHODOLOGY: Classes will consist of lectures, class discussions, small group projects, videos, outside assignments and supplemental materials. Interactive class discussion is encouraged and staying current on reading assignments necessary to be able to actively participate in class discussions. IX. SAMPLE COURSE OUTLINE: The course must include readings and discussions about at least four of the textbook chapters on the Classical Age and four on the Modern Age of Western philosophy. Classical Age chapters Week 1: Week 2: Week 3: Week 4: Week 5: Week 6: Lao-tzu, Confucius, and Buddha The Presocratic Sophos The Sophist: Protagoras The Wise Man: Socrates The Philosopher-King: Plato The Naturalist: Aristotle The Stoic: Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius Modern Age chapters PHIL 1102 – Introduction to Western Philosophy Page 3 of 3 Week 7: Week 8: Week 9: Week 10: Week 11: Week 12: Week 13: Week 14: Week 15: X. The Rationalist: Rene Descartes The Skeptic: David Hume The Universalist: Immanuel Kant The Utilitarian: John Stuart Mill The Materialist: Karl Marx The Existentialist: Soren Kierkegaard The Pragmatist: William James The Anti-Philosopher: Friedrich Nietzsche The 20th Century: Ludwig Wittgenstein and Martin Heidegger OTHER REQUIRED BOOKS, SOFTWARE AND MATERIALS: None XI. EVALUATION: Students will write at least two (2) out of class papers, complete a final exam project, and complete all other reasonable assignments required by the professor. Attendance, preparation for class, and participation in class should be considered in the evaluation of each student's performance in the course. XII. SPECIFIC MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS: At the discretion of the instructor XIII. OTHER INFORMATION: FERPA: Students need to understand that your work may be seen by others. Others may see your work when being distributed, during group project work, or if it is chosen for demonstration purposes. Students also need to know that there is a strong possibility that your work may be submitted to other entities for the purpose of plagiarism checks. DISABILITIES: Students with disabilities may contact the Disabilities Service Office, Central Campus, at 800-628-7722 or 937-393-3431.