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PH 101 Intro to Philosophical Thinking
Vaughan, David K.


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Course

PH 101 Intro to Philosophical Thinking

Semester

S1HH 2010 PA

Faculty

Vaughan, David K.

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

BS, US Air Force Academy, Colorado, 1962
MA, University of Michigan, 1969
PhD, University of Washington, 1974

Daytime Phone

(C) 937-304-9068

Other Phone

(H) 513-897-0952

E-Mail

david.vaughan@park.edu

dkvaughan62@embarqmail.com

Semester Dates

11 January-08 March 2010

Class Days

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Class Time

5:15 - 10:45 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
The course text is Robert Woolf, About Philosophy (10th ed), published by Prentice Hall (2008). Abbreviated in the course schedule as AP

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Course Description:
PH 101 Introduction to Philosophical Thinking (GE) An entry into philosophy by 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 broadestfashion. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor’s educational philosophy is to establish an atmosphere of interaction in the classroom and to encourage interest and inquiry towards the subject.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize the distinctive styles and modes of expression of the philosophers studied in the course;
  2. Identify and describe the basic issues associated with individual philosophic topics;
  3. Describe and explain the relationships among the following terms: metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, categorical imperative, utilitarianism, social determinism, existentialism;
  4. Demonstrate acceptable proficiency in developing and expressing the processes and results of logical reasoning.
Class Assessment:
Class assessments will consist of the following: Midterm Examination, Final Examination, Course Paper, Homework, Oral Presentation (based on course paper), and Class participation. 

Grading:
The grade in the course will be derived from grades earned on the following assignments: Midterm Examination, 20%; Final Examination, 25%; Course Paper, 15%, Homework, 30% (6 x 5%); Oral Presentation, 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:
Homework, papers, or tests completed late will be penalized 10% of the earned score unless absence was excused.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class sessions consist of a combination of lecture, class discussion, and exercise sessions. Students are expected to arrive on time and remain in class for the full period of time. Only official travel or illness is considered an excused absence, both of which must be supported by written documentation. According to 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 a failing grade for the assignment. Homework, papers, or tests completed late will be penalized 10% of the earned score unless absence was excused. Cell phones and pagers should be turned off while class is in session.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
13 Jan            Introduction                            AP, Ch 1                               

20 Jan            Philosophy of Science             AP, Ch 4                                 

27 Jan             Theory of Knowledge             AP, Ch 2                                    

03 Feb            Philosophy of Art                   AP, Ch 7                                 

                        Midterm Exam

10 Feb             Ethics                                      AP, Ch 5                                 

17 Feb             Social / Political Philosophy    AP, Ch 6                               

24 Feb             Philosophy of Religion           AP, Ch 8                                  

03 Mar             Review; Final Exam                                                           

                        Oral Presentations; Paper 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 .

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