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Philosophy

PHH 1603   20TH CENTURY TRENDS IN PHILOSOPHY

credits: 3  
This course surveys contemporary trends in philosophy, including such schools of thought as Pragmatism, Critical Realism, New Realism, Analytic Philosophy, Logical Positivism, Existentialism, Phenomenology, and Philosophical Hermeneutics. Dominant emphasis is on the special features of 20th Century thought, such as the move from anti metaphysical perspectives at the beginning of the century to a new way of addressing these traditional issues at the end. This course has a substantial writing requirement. 47 contact hours.

PHH 2101   INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT GREEK PHILOSOPHY

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): ENC 0025 or EAP 1695 or satisfactory score on the SPC placement test. This introductory survey of classical Greek Philosophy provides a rich evaluation of ancient schools of thought and their connection to Western culture. A historical and critical examination is conducted of these schools of thought addressing the issues in metaphysics, epistemology and axiology (ethics, aesthetics, and theology.) Discussion as well as lecture will focus on historically and philosophically important philosophers, including Thales, Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Parmenides and other Pre-Socratic philosophers, as well as Plato and Aristotle. 47 contact hours.

PHI 1010   INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

credits: 3  

"G" Prerequisite: ENC 0025 or EAP 1695 or satisfactory score on the SPC placement test. This introductory survey of the perennial issues in human existence provides a rich evaluation of life's meaning. A critical examination is conducted of the fundamental assumptions, terminology, and schools of thought addressing the issues in metaphysics, epistemology and axiology (ethics, aesthetics, and theology.) Discussion as well as lecture will focus on both classical and contemporary philosophers, such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Sartre, and de Beauvoir. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements. Credit is not given for both PHI 1010 and PHI 1010H. 47 contact hours.

PHI 1010H   HONORS INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

credits: 3  

"G" Prerequisite: Appropriate score on the SPC placement test or approval of the Dean. This course will cover the history of philosophy, its philosophers, key ideas, as well as the perennial issues in human existence that provide a rich evaluation of life's meaning. A critical examination will be conducted into the fundamental assumptions, terminology, and schools of thought in philosophy, addressing a variety of issues in metaphysics, epistemology and axiology (ethics and aesthetics). Discussion as well as lecture will focus on both classical and contemporary readings, such as the Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Wollstonecraft, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, Russell, Heidegger, Sartre, de Beauvoir. Special emphasis will be given to theoretical traditions of Western thought such as idealism, materialism, rationalism, and existentialism, as well as Post-Modern and non-Western theoretical positions. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements. Credit is not given for both PHI 1010H and PHI 1010. 47 contact hours.

PHI 1600   STUDIES IN APPLIED ETHICS

credits: 3  

"G" Prerequisites: (REA 0002 or REA 0017) and (ENC 0020 or ENC 0025) or EAP 1695 or appropriate score on the SPC placement exam. This course is a practical overview of key issues, questions and concepts in applied ethics. Special emphases are placed on the historical development of ethical thinking, a variety of ethical approaches and on multicultural aspects of ethics. Students will also examine a variety of personal, social, and professional ethical issues and problems and learn methods of resolving them through the use of critical thinking skills, sound ethical reasoning and legal and professional codes. Students are provided an active learning experience, increased student interaction and opportunities for independent research into ethical issues of personal interest. This course has a substantial writing requirement. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements . Credit is not given for both PHI 1600 and any of the following courses: PHI 1602H, PHI 1603, PHI 1631, PHI 2621, PHI 2622, PHI 2635 or PHI 2649. 47 contact hours.

PHI 1602H   HONORS STUDIES IN APPLIED ETHICS

credits: 3  

"G" Prerequisite: Appropriate score on SPC placement test or approval of the Dean. This course is designed to provide the academically gifted student an analytical approach to understanding and resolving ethical issues confronting an individual in today's society. Emphasis is placed on understanding the historical development of ethical thinking, critical analysis of of a wide variety of ethical theories representative of major themes of ethical philosophy, ethical issues, and evaluation of multicultural and historical aspects of ethics. Students will also use logical reasoning, critical thinking skills, and resources such as legal and professional codes to evaluate differing points of view on a wide variety of ethical issues, and to synthesize personal opinions. The seminar format encourages individual and collaborative effort, independent research, and verbalization of concepts. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements. Credit is not given for both PHI 1602H and any of the following courses: PHI 1600, PHI 1603, PHI 1631, PHI 2621, PHI 2622, PHI 2635, or PHI 2649. 47 contact hours.

PHI 2103   CRITICAL THINKING AND ETHICAL DECISION MAKING

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: PHI 1600, PHI 1602H, PHI 1603, PHI 1631, PHI 2635, or PHI 2649. This course introduces students to critical thinking tools and techniques, and provides students with the practical skills needed to analyze and assess situations in order to resolve complex problems and make responsible and ethical decisions. 47 contact hours.

PHI 2621   APPLIED ETHICS II

credits: 1  
"G" Prerequisite: PHI 1603. This course is designed to meet the needs of the student who has initially completed Applied Ethics (2 credits) but needs Studies in Applied Ethics (3 credits). This course is a practical approach to recognizing, understanding and solving ethical problems confronting individuals in today’s society. Students will learn concepts in applied ethics and selected ethical theories, which represents additional main themes in moral philosophy. Emphasis will be placed on the development of skills necessary for critical thinking and responsible decision making. Credit will not be given for both PHI 2621 and any of the following courses: PHI 1600, PHI 1602H, PHI 1631, PHI 2622, PHI 2635, or PHI 2649. 17 contact hours.

PHI 2622   PROFESSIONAL APPLIED ETHICS

credits: 1  
"G" Prerequisite: PHI 1603. This course is designed to meet the needs of the student who has initially completed Applied Ethics (2 credits) but needs Studies in Professional Ethics (3 credits). This course is a practical approach to recognizing, understanding and solving ethical problems confronting individuals in today's society, with particular emphasis on business. Students will learn concepts in applied ethics and selected ethical theories which represent additional main themes in moral philosophy. Emphasis will be placed on the development of skills necessary for critical thinking and responsible decision making in business. Credit will not be given for both PHI 2622 and any of the following courses: PHI 1600, PHI 1602H, PHI 1631, PHI 2621, PHI 2635, or PHI 2649. 17 contact hours.

PHI 2623   ETHICS FOR EDUCATORS

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: BA or BS Degree or permission of Program Director. This course is designed to meet the needs of current K-12 educators who teach or will be teaching in the State of Florida, but need an approved Ethics course to be certified or recertified to teach. This course is a practical approach to recognizing, understanding and solving ethical problems confronting educators in today's society. Students will learn concepts in applied ethics and selected ethical theories, which represent main themes in moral philosophy. Students will learn current Principles of Professional Conduct, Board of Education rules and relevant Florida Statutes, and will learn the use of said codes, rules and laws in resolving ethical issues. Emphasis will be placed on the development of skills necessary for critical thinking and responsible decision making in the educational arena. 45 contact hours.

PHI 2624   ETHICS IN POPULAR CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: PHI 1600, PHI 1602H, PHI 1631, PHI 2635, or PHI 2649 or permission of program director. This course is a study of the fundamental concepts of classical and modern approaches to moral reasoning as identified in various forms of popular culture and entertainment. A review of fundamental ethical definitions and concepts, elements of critical thinking and logic, and classical and contemporary approaches to moral reasoning will precede the examination and analysis of selected forms of popular culture and entertainment. The analysis phase will consist of an examination of the selected materials with a view to identifying the presence of issues and dilemmas of moral significance. Fictional and historical characters will then be assessed as to their critical thinking processes and their approaches to the resolution of moral dilemmas. 47 contact hours.

PHI 2646   ETHICS IN FABLES AND STORIES

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: PHI 1600 or PHI 1602H or PHI 1631 or PHI 2635 or PHI 2649. This course is a study of the fundamental concepts of classical and contemporary approaches to ethical reasoning as identified in various forms of fables and classical stories. The analysis will consist of an examination of the selected materials with a view to identifying the presence of issues and dilemmas of ethical significance. Fictional and historical characters’ approaches to the resolutions of moral dilemmas will be assessed. Fables and stories will be evaluated to make meaningful and useful connections to contemporary dilemmas and decisions. 47 contact hours.

PHI 2921L   ETHICS BOWL LABORATORY

credits: 1  
Prerequisite: PHI 1600, PHI 1602H, PHI 1631, PHI 2635, or PHI 2649 or permission of program director. This course offers training and experience in analyzing ethical case studies and prepares students to compete in intercollegiate ethics bowl competitions. It provides students the opportunity to improve critical thinking, public speaking and debating skills in order to succeed at intercollegiate ethics competitions. This course may be taken 4 times for credit. 45 contact hours.

PHI 2950   ETHICS DEBATE TEAM

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: PHI 1600, PHI 1602H, PHI 1631, PHI 2635, or PHI 2649 or permission of Program Chair or Dean. This course offers training and experience in analyzing ethical case studies and prepares students to compete in intercollegiate ethics debate competitions. It provides students the opportunity to improve critical thinking, public speaking, debating, and research skills which will enhance many aspects of the student’s life, including success in ethics debate competitions. 47 contact hours.


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