PH 101 Introduction to Philosophical Thinking
U1HH 2006 PA
Vaughan, David K.
BS Engineering Sciences, US Air Force Academy, 1962MA English, University of Michigan, 1969PhD English, University of Washington, 1974
(937) 427-1552 (h)
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29 May-30 July 2006
5:30 - 10:30 PM
Textbook: Robert Woolf, About Philosophy Prentice Hall (9th ed)
Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Course Description: An entry into philosophy by one of 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: The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Grading: The grade in the course will be derived from grades earned on the following assignments: Midterm Examination, 25%; Final Examination, 25%; Course Paper, 15%, Homework, 30% (6 x 5%); Class participation, 5%. A numerical scoring system will be used with scores corresponding to letter grades as follows: A = 90.00 - 100; B = 80.00 - 89.99; C = 70.00 - 79.99; D = 60.00 - 69.99; F = 59.99 and below. The course grade will be a letter grade based on the weighted average of points earned on course assignments.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Assignments submitted late or tests taken late (when there is no official excuse for absence) will be penalized 10% of the earned grade.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Class sessions will consist of a combination of lecture, class discussion, and exercise sessions. Students are expected to arrive promptly and remain in class for the full period of time. Only official travel or illness are considered excused absences, both of which must be supported by written documentation. According to long-standing Park University policy, two consecutive unexcused absences will result in administrative withdrawal from the course with a resulting grade of "F." Students should notify the instructor if they expect to be absent from class, and they should arrange to obtain information and instructions pertaining to class assignments which were given out during their absence. Plagiarism (the intentional use of the work of others without giving appropriate acknowledgment) will result in course failure and the possible expulsion from Park University. Course written assignments will be word-processed, double-spaced, with a title page showing name, date, course, and paper title.
Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending class under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or otherwise disrupting the learning experience in the class. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Cell phones and pages should be turned off while class is in session.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Class Schedule and Assignments.
Date Topic Assignment Homework
01 June Introduction AP, Ch 1 (pp. 3-41) No
08 June Philosophy of Science AP, Ch 4 (pp. 141-166) #1
15 June Theory of Knowledge AP, Ch 2 (pp. 47-81) #2
22 June Philosophy of Art AP, Ch 7 (pp. 356-387) #3
29 June Review; Midterm Exam No
Metaphysics AP, Ch 3 (pp. 99-126)
06 July Ethics AP, Ch 5 (pp. 191-224) #4
13 July Social / Political Philosophy AP, Ch 6 (pp. 289-335) #5
20 July Philosophy of Religion AP, Ch 8 (pp. 404-445) #6
27 July Review; Final Exam No
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. 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 .
Last Updated:5/1/2006 10:01:11 PM