Catalog  –  2013 - 2014

Philosophy

P106 – Introduction to Philosophy3 units

Prerequisite: None.

Recommendation: Eligible for level 1 English placement.

Total lecture 54 hours. An overview of the central issues and movements in philosophy. Epistemology (the study of knowledge), metaphysics (the study of reality), ethics (the study of morality), philosophy of religion, and political philosophy are typically covered. Approved for pass/no-pass grading option. (A/CSU/UC) PC-Area L; CSU-C2; IGETC-Area 3B

 

P107 – Introduction to Logic 3 units

Prerequisite: None.

Recommendation: Eligible for level 1 English placement.

Total lecture 54 hours. Traditional and basic fundamentals of modern logic are considered with an emphasis on their relationships to language, thought, and argument. The following material is covered: What is logic? Uses of language and definition and problems with informal fallacies; deductive logic and the deductive method, including propositional or class calculus or propositional functions and quantifiers; inductive logic involving probable inference, casual connections, hypothesis, and probability. Approved for pass/no-pass grading option. Course is also offered online. (A/CSU/UC) PC-I; CSU-A3

 

P108 – Introduction to Philosophy of Religion 3 units

Prerequisite: None.

Recommendation: Eligible for level 1 English placement.

Total lecture 54 hours. An introduction to philosophical thinking about important issues in religion. The emphasis of the course is upon an analytic approach to the concepts and belief systems of religion, religious experience, and the various uses of religious language. Readings will focus on both classical and contemporary religious and philosophical thinkers. Approved for pass/no-pass grading option. Course is also offered online. (A/CSU/UC) PC-Area L; CSU-C2; IGETC-Area 3B

 

P109 – Existence and Reality3 units

Prerequisite: None.

Recommendation: Eligible for level 1 English placement.

Total lecture 54 hours. An introduction to the problems of metaphysics (the study of reality and existence) and epistemology (the study of knowledge). Surveys major philosophical problems typically including the existence of God, freedom versus determinism, the mind/body problem, problems of knowledge, and appearance versus reality. Approved for pass/no-pass grading option. Course is also offered online. (A/CSU/UC) PC-Area L; CSU-C2; IGETC-Area 3B

 

P110 – Introduction to Ethics 3 units

Prerequisite: None.

Recommendation: Eligible for level 1 English placement.

Total lecture 54 hours. Examination of the philosophical approach to morality. Study of the meaning of ethics and morality and methods used in ethical theorizing and reasoning. Emphasizes major ethical issues and theories. Instructs how to set up an ethical system. Approved for pass/no-pass grading option. Course is also offered online. (A/CSU/UC) PC-Area I; PC-Area L; CSU-C2; IGETC-3B

 

P112 – The Ethics of Living and Dying 3 units

Prerequisite: None.

Recommendation: Eligible for level 1 English placement.

Total lecture 54 hours. A philosophical yet practical approach to some of the major medical-ethical problems facing human beings today, such as: what patients should be told, the nature and importance of informed consent, the meaning and criteria for living, dying, and death including caring for the dying and allowing to die, mercy death, and mercy killing. Permeating these problems will be a study of the basis for ethical relationships among human beings through a study of what morality is, consequentialist and non-consequentialist theories of morality, and how to set up an ethical system. Special emphasis will be placed on the relationship of professional and the well, to the sick, dying and bereaved. Approved for pass/no-pass grading option. Course is also offered online. (A/CSU/UC) PC-Area L; CSU-C2; CSU-E1

 

P113 – Introduction to the World’s Religions 3 units

Prerequisite: Eligible for level 1 English placement.

Total lecture 54 hours. A survey of three Western religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and two Eastern religions – Hinduism and Buddhism. Examines each religion’s history, sacred scriptures, geographic dispersion, primary theological concepts and spiritual practices, and contemporary role. Emphasis on understanding the distinct belief and practice of an individual in each of these religious traditions. Course is also offered online. (A/CSU/UC) PC-Area J; PC-Area L; CSU-C2; IGETC-Area 3B