Course Summary
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This is a self-paced course. Students have up to 60 days to complete
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Philosophy or Humanities


The course objective is to provide an overview of key figures including Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and examine their roles in shaping history and society. Students will apply philosophical theories and consider multiple perspectives as they seek answers to life's big questions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to recognize the value of the study of philosophy and its application to everyday life
  • Identify the nature and significance of the major branches of philosophical inquiry
  • Understand the general philosophical positions and arguments of key ancient Greek philosophers
  • Acknowledge the significance of ancient philosophical theories on history and society
  • Compare and contrast various philosophical approaches to essential philosophical questions
  • And apply philosophical approaches to real world situations
  • Apply good philosophical logic, reasoning, and critical thinking

General Course Topics:

  • What is philosophy
  • Why study philosophy
  • Cosmology and the first philosophers
  • The atomistic worldview
  • Parmenides and the doctrine of permanence
  • Heraclitus and the doctrine of impermanence
  • Socrates: the father of western philosophy
  • The Socratic approach
  • Introduction to arguments
  • Evaluating and analyzing arguments
  • The Apology
  • The Crito
  • The Phaedo
  • Plato's epistemology and metaphysics
  • Aristotle's epistemology and metaphysics: Plato vs. Aristotle
  • Aristotelianism
  • Aristotle's ethics
  • Stoicism
  • Philosophical analysis as a way of life
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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