|Prerequisites:||There are no prerequisites for this course.|
|Corequisites:||There are no corequisites for this course.|
|Catalog Description:||A general survey of the philosophies that have shaped the growth of Western civilization from the ancient Greeks to modern times. This course is designed to present a comprehensive view of what philosophy is and to demonstrate the benefit students can expect to derive from its study. Meets A.A. general education Category V. A writing emphasis course.|
|Special Requirements:||There is a fee for distance learning classes.|
|Program Learning Outcomes:||
The student should become familiar with the major problems that philosophy has concerned itself with during the last 2600 years. Additionally, the student should gain some sense of both the history of philosophy and the discipline's contemporary relevance. The course is presented so that students are stimulated to lead more thoughtful lives. Global Learning Outcomes: I. CRITICAL THINKING: Students will evaluate the validity of their own and others’ ideas through questioning, analyzing, and synthesizing results into the creative process. A. Collect, organize, classify, correlate, analyze, and present materials and data from variety of academic disciplines and sources, distinguishing between facts and opinions, judgments and inferences, and the objective and subjective. The student may be required to critically evaluate, as well as compare and contrast differing philosophic theories. B. Discriminate between inductive and deductive reasoning and recognize the structure of arguments. Student may be shown how to apply these skills to the course readings. This may be done following the lead of the instructor. C. Consciously raise questions, suspending judgment and remaining open to new information, methods, cultural systems, values, and beliefs. Student may be taught the difference between “learning” a theory and “believing” a theory. This supports the student’s ability to approach the material, relativistically. V. CULTURAL LITERACY: Students will develop an appreciation of human culture and its diversity and the role of the creative arts in society. A. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural, national, ethnic, religious, and gender differences among peoples of the world. The student may be required to read theories from authors of varying time periods as well as historical- geographical location. B. Critically analyze and discuss literature as it reflects diverse cultures and world views. The student will be exposed to belief systems representative of diverse cultures and world views with respect for difference. C. Assess mass media messages, derive important news and other essential information from a variety of sources, and thoughtfully use this knowledge as a responsible citizen. The student may be required to review films that are theoretically relevant for the sake of practical application. VI. SOCIAL SKILLS: Students will develop and use skills and attitudes that integrate individuals into society. A. Demonstrate appropriate social skills, language, and emotions in different situations, showing respect for others’ opinions. Students may be assigned to work in groups where difference is expected and cooperation is required. C. Recognize unethical behavior such as plagiarism and its implications. The student will be required to provide independent thoughts and demonstrate them through writing assignments. D. Work both alone and with others, understanding the roles of leadership and teamwork, to achieve goals. The work groups formed in class may periodically be rearranged with respect to group membership and individual responsibility inside the group.
|Course Learning Outcomes:||
The student should demonstrate, through her/his writing, the ability to clearly articulate the philosophical theories covered in the course. This philosophical background should enhance the student's independent philosophical thinking. In general, the course should improve the student's reading and writing skills.
|Methods of Evaluation:||Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the
instructor, within the polices of the college and the department.
Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed
by the instructor for each section being taught.
|Flexibility:||It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.|
|Student Email Accounts||Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.|
|Note:||For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.|