District Syllabus
Introduction To Philosophy

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3 (NOTE: )
Laboratory Fee: None.
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.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Douglas J. Soccio. Philosophy in Context, ed., Thomson-Wadsworth, 2006. ISBN: 0495009121
Supplemental Materials: Books:
  • T. Z. Lavine. From Socrates to Sartre: Philosophic Quest - consult your instructor before buying this text, ed., Bantam Dell Publishing, 1985. ISBN: 0553251619
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 
	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

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

	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.