COURSE COMPACT TEMPLATE Academic session: 2013/2014

Academic session: 2013/2014
Semester: Alpha semester
College: of Development studies
School: Human Resource Development
Department: Human Resource Development
Programme: Philosophy
Course code: GST211
Course Title: Philosophy, Logic and Human Existence
Course Lecturers Ovia, E. and G. Agbude
A. Course Description
The course is an introduction of students to Philosophy which is the act of critical thinking.
The study would span ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary thinkers. These include
thinkers such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras, john Locke, Descartes, Dewey,
William James, Marx and Schlick among others.
B. Rationale
The course is aimed at clarifying the various misconceptions surrounding the word
‘’philosophy’’. The course assists in the student to appreciate the relevance of in depth
thinking in the acquisition of knowledge- as it applies to all fields of study, from ancient to
contemporary times.
C. At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
- Identify his personal philosophy of life.
- Identify the methods of knowledge acquisition that is peculiar to different eras and their
- Identify logical and illogical, correct and incorrect discourses, valid and invalid as well as
false and true arguments.
- Identify man’s purpose for existence, constituents of the ‘’good life’’.
D. Methods of course Delivery
The lecturers would deliver the lectures with the aid of:
Power points on slide through the projectors and P.A. system.
Interactive session between the lecturers and students in the form of questiona and
E. Grand rules
- To be eligible to write the examination, students must have at least 75% attendance.
Where a student will be out of class for health, social, etc reasons; a written notice must
be submitted to the GST team- accompanied wit5h evidence where possible.
Any student carrying over the course but shall not be able to attend due to clash with
another course on the timetable should notify the GST team in writing, with the other
lecturer acknowledging the truism of the claim. This entitles the student to 75%
attendance, while he should privately interact with those in the class to update himself
on happenings in the class.
Where a student misses a class as a result of health reasons, a medical report should be
Class assignments must be submitted through class representatives.
F. Evaluation Plan
Continuous assignment shall be made up of:
An impromptu test 5marks
A take home assignment 5marks
A mid semester test 30 marks
Semester ending examination 70 marks
G. Course modules.
Week 1: the scope, meaning and selected definitions of philosophy.
Week 2: a brief history of ancient, the presentations of Philosophy.
Week 3: Philosophy as the concern for concrete problems of human existence, as the
rational study of nature.
Week 4: the question of the existence of African Philosophy.
Module two: Philosophy and it’s branches.
Week 5: Introduction to the core branches of Philosophy.
Week 6: The constituents of epistemology and metaphysics as branches of Philosophy.
Week 7: Ethics as a branch of Philosophy, a brief introduction to medieval Philosophy. ( the
church fathers.)
Module three: Introduction to modern and contemporary Philosophy.
Week 8: Rationalism and empiricism as the constituents of modern Philosophy. Study of
thinkers such as Locke, Hume, Kant, and Marx.
Week 9: Contemporary themes such as Logical Positivism, Pragmatism, Existentialism.
Week 10: Main themes in existentialism.
Week 11: what is life?
Module four: Introduction to Logic.
Week 12: Meaning and scope of Logic.
Week 13: symbolic Logic, relevance of Logic.
H. Topics for term paper, assignment, project, etc.
-which comes first, the chicken or the egg.
- what is your philosophy of life?
I. Core value emphasis
At the end of the course, the student would be better equipped to understand his existence on
earth. This is that it is for a specific purpose. The student must have been able to formulate his
philosophy that is time bound. The student should be able to identify logicalreasonings as against
illogical perambulating.
Industry relevance.
The course would equip the student to face the future with precision, reasoning critically
and logically. This in taking decisions. Realising the brevity of life, the pupil would face life
while time abounds.
K. Required text and supplies.
Unah, J. I. (2013) Lectures on philosophy and Logic.
To be supplied by the author.
L. Recommended Readings
-Carlin,L.(2009) the empiricists- a guide for the perplexed. London: continuum International
Publishing Group.
-Pirie, M.(2009) 101Great Philosophers. London: continuum international Publishing Group.
-Johnston, D.(2011) A brief History of Philosophy- From Socrates to Derrida. London:
Continuum International Publishing Group.
-Lechte, J. (2008) Fifty key contemporary Thinkers 2nd edition. London: Routledge.
-Selcer, D. (2010) Philosophy and the book. London: Continuum International Publishing
Course Lecturers/ Coordinator
Ovia, E. and G. Agbude
Prof. A.A. Alao
Deputy Dean:
Dr. P. A. Edewor
Prof: I.O. Olurinola
Authorized for the web:
Vice Chancellor
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