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Philosophy 101: Introduction to Philosophy

Course Category: 
Location: 

Various; distance learning format.

Length: 

Varies; self-paced.

Dates: 

May 2014 -  Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define philosophy, identify branches of philosophy, and differentiate philosophy from religion; identify major figures in philosophy and recognize their positions within various branches of philosophy; identify types of fallacies and relate them to fallacies in philosophy; list categories of religious views, recognize major religious ideologies, and identify arguments for and against the existence of God; compare and contrast free will and determinism; identify prominent theories in metaphysics; categorize approaches to ancient, modern, and contemporary epistemology; differentiate values, morals, and ethics and recognize major theories of ethics; identify philosophical theories related to science, politics, and social justice.

Instruction: 

The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: introduction to philosophy and logic, types of fallacies, free will and determinism, self, mind and soul in philosophy, God in philosophy, religion and philosophy, reality in philosophy, philosophy in science, intro to epistemology, ancient epistemology, modern epistemology, contemporary epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy and social justice.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Philosophy (12/17).

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