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PL301 Practical Philosophy

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  Syllabus 
PL301 Practical Philosophy

  Required TextSolomon, R. & Higgins, K. (2014) The Big Questions: A Short Introduction to Philosophy, 9th Edition. Cengage.ISBN: 9781133610649Course DescriptionThis course uses a multidisciplinary approach to explore original essays combined with classical andcontemporary readings from philosophy, science, and literature. Both structure and content emphasizethe relevance of philosophy to other disciplines. Topics include the meaning of life, existentialism,ethics, social and political philosophy, and the philosophy of science, metaphysics, and the existence of God.Course ObjectivesFORMAT=HTML At the successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  Engage in a high-quality academic discussion of a philosophical question.

  Develop some central questions and concepts related to philosophical reflection on the meaningof life.

  Manifest some central questions and concepts related to philosophical reflection on humanfreedom.

  Evaluate some central questions and concepts related to philosophical reflection on howindividuals ought to live their lives.

  Summarize some central questions and concepts related to philosophical reflection on race,gender, and culture.

  Weigh in on the value and relevance of philosophical inquiry.

  Tentative ScheduleFORMAT=HTML The following figure gives the suggested completion timeline for this course. However, you may do it at a quicker pace to suit your work and study schedule.

  Week

  Learning Activity

  Week 1 "Doing Philosophy"

  Reading

  Read Lecture 1 "What is Philosophy?"

  Read Lecture 2 "Doing Philosophy"

  Watch Video Lecture 1 "Philosophical Questions"

  Watch Video Lecture 2 "Doing Philosophy"

  Complete Discussion "Who You Are"

  Complete Assignment "Philosophical Writing"

  Week 2 "The Meaning of Life"

  Reading

  Read Lecture 1 "The Meaning of Life"

  Read Lecture 2 "Logic and Fallacies"

  Watch Video Lecture 1 "The Meaning of Life"

  Watch Video Lecture 2 "Logical Fallacies"

  Complete Discussion "The Happiness Box"

  Complete Assignment "Life is Like a Box of Chocolates"

  Week 3 "God"

  Reading

  Read Lecture 1 "God"

  Read Lecture 2 "The Problem of Evil"

  Watch Video Lecture 1 "God"

  Watch Video Lecture 2 "The Problem of Evil"

  Complete Discussion "What Would Convince You?"

  Complete Assignment "God and Evil"

  Week 4 "Self"

 

  Reading

  Read Lecture 1 "Self"

  Read Lecture 2 "The Mind-Body Problem"

  Watch Video Lecture 1 "Self"

  Watch Video Lecture 2 "The Mind-Body Problem"

  Complete Discussion "Nature vs. Nurture"

  Complete Assignment "Your Essential Self"

  Complete Midterm Exam

  Week 5 "Morality and the Good Life"

  Reading

  Read Lecture 1 "The Good Life"

  Read Lecture 2 "Moral Theories"

  Watch Video Lecture 1 "The Good Life"

  Watch Video Lecture 2 "Theories of Morality"

  Complete Discussion "Guess Who is Coming to Dinner"

  Complete Assignment "Why be Moral?"

  Week 6 "Justice and the Good Society"

  Reading

  Read Lecture 1 "The Good Society"

  Read Lecture 2 "Justice Beyond Our Borders"

  Watch Video Lecture 1 "The Good Society"

  Watch Video Lecture 2 "Justice Beyond Our Borders"

  Complete Discussion "Planet X"

  Complete Assignment "Justice and the Social Contract"

  Week 7 "Non-Western Philosophy"

  Reading

  Read Lecture 1 "Non-Western Philosophy"

  Read Lecture 2 "Asian Philosophy"

  Watch Video Lecture 1 "Non-Western Philosophy"

  Watch Video Lecture 2 "South Asian and Asian Philosophy"

  Complete Discussion "Who Needs to be Institutionalized?"

  Complete Assignment "Western and Non-Western Compared"

  Week 8 "Freedom and the Good Life"

  Reading

  Read Lecture "Freedom and Self-Determination"

  Watch Video Lecture "Freedom and the Good Life"

  Complete Discussion "Let Freedom Reign"

  Complete Final Exam

  

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