Philosophy Course Descriptions

 

PHIL 100

INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL72, ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher, or completion of the English Placement Process with eligibility for ENGL100. This is a humanities course developing philosophical concepts through problems and systems of thought in selected Western philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Bacon, Kant, etc, it, furthermore, studies modern movements in Western culture such as dialectical materialism, pragmatism, analytic philosophy, and existentialism.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

PHIL 102

INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL 72, ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher, or completion of the English Placement Process with eligibility for ENGL 100. This course represents a survey of the major theories of value in the writings of some prominent philosophies of Western culture and the Asian tradition, with special attention to a critical evaluation of their relevance to educational, ethical, esthetic, religious, and social problems of our times.
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PHIL 103

PHILOSOPHICAL REASONING: CRITICAL THINKING IN PHILOSOPHY 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher or satisfactory completion of the Advanced Placement English Examination of the College Entrance Examination Board. This course develops critical thinking skills necessary for evaluating and formulating argumentative/persuasive essays and practice in applying those skills. (Formerly PHIL 202)
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

PHIL 104

PHILOSOPHY OFCULTURAL DIVERSITY: CHALLENGE AND CHANGE 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL 72, ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher, or completion of the English Placement Process with eligibility for ENGL100. This humanities course is designed to create understanding, appreciation, and tolerance of diverse cultures, particularly those of non-Western civilizations which are ethnic minority groups in American culture. Topics covered will include the nature of culture, the epistemology of cultural diversity, world views, religion, traditional values, ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, cultural pluralism, and the philosophy of liberation.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

PHIL 105

PHILOSOPHY OF ART AND BEAUTY 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture.  Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of English Placement Process or ENGL 52, ENGL 72, or ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher. This course will examine philosophical theories of aesthetics and philosophy of art by studying traditional and contemporary literary and other artistic expressions, while students are also engaged in understanding the fundamentals of philosophy.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

PHIL 106

INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher. This course gives an introduction to the basic principles of inductive and deductive reasoning, the uses of language, definition, analysis of fallacious arguments in various areas, and integration of composition and critical thinking skills.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

PHIL 107

PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL 72, ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher, or completion of the English Placement Process with eligibility for ENGL 100.

This introductory level course will examine the nature of scientific reasoning and its relationship to technology, the development of modern technologies, and the impact of science and technology on society, personal life, and the environment. Major areas of philosophical inquiry will include metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

PHIL 108

PHILOSOPHY OF THE AMERICAS 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL 72, ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher, or completion of the English Placement Process with eligibility for ENGL 100.

This course will examine fundamental elements of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, and political and social philosophy as found in four cultural worldviews: African- American philosophy, Anglo-American philosophy, Latin-American philosophy, and Native-American philosophy. This introductory course is designed to prepare students to analyze philosophical ideas and to critically assess commonality and divergence among these four worldviews on the subjects of human nature, moral community, freedom, truth, society, ultimate reality, economic justice, environment, and beauty.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

PHIL 109

PHILOSOPHY OF THE BODY, FEMINISM, AND GENDER 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL 72, ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher, or completion of the English Placement Process with eligibility for ENGL 100.

This course will examine philosophical scholarship on feminism, gender, and theory of the body in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics. Questions about gender identity, the nature of the self and personal identity, friendship, the feminist conception of knowledge, feminism and philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science; misogynist patterns in philosophical texts, male responses to feminism, moral theories, and feminist questions about beauty and art will be examined in the course, while students are also engaged in understanding the fundamentals of philosophy. This course is not open to students who are enrolled in WS 109 or have received credit in WS 109.
Transfer Credit: CSU 

PHIL 130

HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL72 or ESL 152 or ENGL 72, or ESL 152, or equivalent with a grade of "Pass" or "C" or higher or completion of the placement process with eligibility for ENGL 100. This course covers the genesis of Western philosophy and its development, ranging from the pre-Socratic philosophers, moving through Plato and Aristotle, and ending with the emergence of Neo-Platonism. This study includes the influence Hellenic society and culture had over Athens, Rome, Alexandria, Asia Minor: from 585 BC/BCE), with the earliest pre-Socratics, the 529 AD/CE, when Justinian closed Plato's Academy at Athens.

Special attention is paid to reading primary philosophical texts.
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PHIL 140

HISTORY OFMODERN PHILOSOPHY 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL 72 or ESL 152, or equivalent with a grade of

"Pass" or "C" or higher or completion of the placement process with eligibility for ENGL 100. This course addresses 17th and 18th century philosophy with an emphasis on metaphysical, epistemological, political, and psychological developments of rationalism and empiricism in philosophical thought from Descartes to Kant and may include approximate precursors and successors. Special attention is paid to reading primary philosophical texts.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

PHIL 160

SYMBOLIC LOGIC 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture.  Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher. Recommendation: PHIL 106 with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher. This course is an introduction to propositional

(sentential) and predicate (quantificational) logic. PHIL 160 examines the basic concepts and achievements of modern logic. It aims to provide students with the ability to think rigorously, identify and deconstruct arguments, represent arguments in symbolic notation, and determine the validity of arguments using deductive proofs.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC 

PHIL 200

WORLD RELIGIONS 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of the English Placement Process or ENGL

52, ENGL 72 or ESL 152 or ENGL 155 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher is strongly recommended. This course presents a comparative study of the major religions of the world including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, etc. The survey pertains to their origin, historic development, primary source book, theological doctrines and value system.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

PHIL 201

CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL72, ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher, or completion of the English Placement Process with eligibility for ENGL 100.

Recommendation: Satisfactory completion of READ 42 or READ 48 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or higher, or "Pass." This course is a survey of the major philosophical movements that characterize the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including the rise of Continental, Anglo-American, Marxist, Feminist, Asian, African, and Latin American philosophies. Students will become familiar with the diversity of styles, methods, and approaches that contemporary philosophers have developed in response to the problems of self and subjectivity; mind and  consciousness; alienation, anxiety, and authenticity; gender, race, nationality, and social justice; relativism, universalism, realism; and the role of meaning and language in philosophical inquiry.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC 

PHIL 203

PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL 72, ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher, or completion of the English Placement Process with eligibility for ENGL100.

This course will examine philosophical theories of the nature of religion, arguments for the existence of God, the nature of miracles, religious experience, faith and pragmatic reasons for belief, arguments from evil, God and morality, religious diversity, God and language, atheism and agnosticism, and life after death. The course will examine traditional and contemporary theories of philosophy of religion while students are also engaged in understanding the fundamentals of philosophy.
Transfer Credit: CSU

PHIL 204

PHILOSOPHY OF THE BIBLE I (HEBREW SCRIPTURES) 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL 72, ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher, or completion of the English

Placement Process with eligibility for ENGL 100. This course is a general introduction to the philosophical, religious, cultural and historical influences on the development of the Hebrew Scriptures. The methods of critical analysis of Biblical materials from an academic point of view will be presented and discussed.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC 

PHIL 205

INTRODUCTION TO BIOETHICS 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL 72, ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher, or completion of the English Placement Process with eligibility for ENGL 100. This introductory course examines moral theories and philosophical implications relevant to biological and medical procedures, technologies, and treatments, such as organ transplantation, genetic engineering, and care of the terminally ill. This course also studies ethical problems arising from biological research and the application of biological research in other fields such as social and political policies, the environment, and professional careers in medical and some scientific fields. Students learn about the principles of philosophical reasoning and the fundamentals of philosophy while engaged in understanding the elements of bioethics.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

PHIL 206

PHILOSOPHY OFTHE BIBLE II (CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES) 3.0 UNITS

Class hours: 3.0 Lecture. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 52, ENGL 72, ESL 152 or equivalent with a grade of Pass or "C" or higher, or completion of the English Placement Process with eligibility for ENGL 100. This course is a general introduction to the philosophical, religious, cultural and historical influences on the development of the Christian Scriptures. The methods of critical analysis of Biblical materials from an academic point of view will be presented and discussed.
Transfer Credit: CSU; UC 

PHIL 298

DIRECTED STUDIES 1.0 UNIT

Class hours: 3.0 Independent Study.  A course to provide opportunity for individual research and field projects under the direction of a faculty member in a given department. With the guidance of the faculty member, learning agreement describing the purposes and outcomes of the project. Students should expect to meet with the supervising faculty member one to two hours each week for conferences. Credit is based upon the number of hours in the semester expected to complete the project (1 unit for 54 hours). This course may be taken a maximum of 2 times. For selected disciplines, UC transfer credit may be possible after admission to a UC campus, pending review of appropriate course materials by UC staff. See a counselor for an explanation.
Transfer Credit: CSU 

PHIL 299

DIRECTED STUDIES 2.0 UNITS

Class hours: 6.0 Independent Study. A course to provide opportunity for individual research and field projects under the direction of a faculty member in a given department. With the guidance of the faculty member, students prepare and carry out a written learning agreement describing the purposes and outcomes of the project. Students should expect to meet with the supervising faculty member one to two hours each week for conferences. Credit is based upon the number of hours in the semester expected to complete the project (2 units for 108 hours). This course may be taken a maximum of 2 times. For selected disciplines, UC transfer credit may be possible after admission to a UC campus, pending review of appropriate course materials by UC staff. See a counselor for an explanation.
Transfer Credit: CSU

 

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