PH 101 Introduction to Philosophical Thinking
U1FF 2006 FA
Alexander, Kathleen M.
Before and after class and by appointment
509 / 230 - 2041
509 / 244 - 2020
May to July
7:45 - 10:25 PM
Textbook: Chaffee, John. The Philosophers Way: Thinking Critically About Profound Ideas. Pearson-Prentice Hall. 2005. ISBN #0-13-048069-X.
Course Description: An entry into philosophy by one or two routes: an exploration of philosophical problems through reading and discussing selections from the great thinkers or a lecture-discussion survey of philosophy conceived in the broadest fashion. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: A learning environment conducive for maximum student progress utilizes approaches relevant to assimilating the target information. In the class Introduction to Philosophical Thinking, these approaches all center on immersing ourselves in philosophic discussion. We will be covering a lot of material, so the assignments are designed to help you to delve more in depth into the ideas and look at them with a critical eye. Through short lectures, rousing discussion with other students, and dedicated effort on your part, we will come to understand and be able to respond to some of the theories of Western Philosophies' great thinkers. This will require a fair amount of writing. Yes—writing! You cannot learn philosophy through multiple-choice exams. If you can write well, you can think well.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Grading: Grades are determined by the student's earned points (311 total possible) divided by 300 points. 90% - 100% = A, 80% - 89% = B, 70% - 79% = C.
Late Submission of Course Materials: I will not accept anything (except your journal) that is not typed. I want you to do and understand the work. Therefore, late assignments will be accepted. However, they will receive a reduced grade.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: We are all learning. I expect you to treat others in this classroom with patience and respect. Assignments are due the date listed on the syllabus. Students should contact the instructor in advance if unable to attend class.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: See Course Assessment and Course Schedule.
WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY?,Meeting - 1,,Meeting - 1,
Internet Discussion: 1.3, 1.11
Journal Entry: 1.9, 1.10,,,,
WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHER'S WAY?,Meeting - 2,,Meeting - 2,
Internet Discussion: 2.3, 2.8
Journal Entry: 2.4, 2.5,,,,
WHO AM I?,Meeting - 3,,Meeting - 3,
Internet Discussion: 3.6, 3.9
Journal Entry: 3.3, 3.8,,,,
WHO AM I?, cont.,Meeting - 4,,Meeting - 4,
Internet Discussion: 3.10, 3.16
Journal Entry: 3.13, 3.14,,,,
AM I FREE?,Meeting - 5,,Meeting - 5,
Internet Discussion: 4.6, 4.9
Journal Entry: 4.7, 4.8,,,,
WHAT IS MORALITY?,Meeting - 6,,Meeting - 6,
Internet Discussion: 5.4, 5.5
Journal Entry: 5.1, 5.2,,,,
WHAT IS MORALITY?, cont.,Meeting - 7,,Meeting - 7,
Internet Discussion: 5.9, 5.10, 5.13
Journal Entry: 5.7,,,,
WHAT IS REAL?,Meeting - 8,,Meeting - 8,
Internet Discussion: 8.3, 8.4
Journal Entry: 8.3, 8.7,,,,
In-class Final Essay
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
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Internet Discussion Questions
Value for each question: 4 points = 76 points total
Appropriate length and organized from beginning to end, identifying and analyzing important issues.
Descriptive and stimulating word choice to explain and enlighten.
Clear, well-formulated, and clearly structured sentences with correct mechanics, grammar, and spelling.
Replies to Internet Discussion Questions
Value for each reply: 3 points = 72 points total
Identifies, analyzes, and critiques the critical elements of postings. Offers provocative, thoughtful, supportive, and polite responses.
Value for each question: 5 points = 85 points total
Discussing the question.
Last Updated:4/17/2006 1:18:19 PM