PH 316 Philosophy and Skepticism
S1J 2006 PV
January 10, 2006 - March 6, 2006
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Educational Philosophy: *-Small group discussions for student analysis and preparation for general class discussions.
*-Videos detailing specific historical issues.
*-In-class written examinations.
*-Oral student in-class presentations summarizing and evaluating the focal essay discussed in research papers.
*Discussion of research being undertaken in student research papers.
*-Review of material for examinations.
*-One guest lecture on a pertinent issue.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Grading: Grades will be based on the accumulation of points. Each of the two examinations containing short answer questions and an essay will be worth 100 points. Each examination will cover the material on one-half of the course. Class attendance and participation will be worth 25 points. The research paper and oral presentation will be worth 75 points for a total of 300 points.
A = 270-300 points
B = 240-269 points
C = 210-239 points
D = 180-209 points
F = 179 or below.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late assignments will receive a reduced grade.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Assignments are due the date listed on the syllabus. Students should contact the instructor in advance if unable to attend class.
Pagers and/or cell phone: Pagers and cell phones are banned during the class period.
Week & Date
Skepticism,Philosophy & Knowledge
Popkin, Chapter 1
Skepticism & Epistemology
Greek Thought: Post-modernism
Discuss requirements & syllabus
Skepticism and Ethics
Popkin, Chapter 2
Does Doctor Know Best?
Skepticism & Ethics
Popkin, Chapter 6
A Poor Man Shames Us All
Religion, Part I
Popkin, Chapter 3
Review & Examination
Research Bibliography and
Religion, Part II
Popkin, Chapter 5
Skepticism and Death
Beyond Life, Beyond
Popkin, Chapter 7
and the Press
Popkin, Chapter 4
Empiricism & Idealism
In the Blood
Student reports: prepare evaluations
The Role of Skepticism in Western Culture
Research papers due
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .