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Humanities

Philosophy Classes


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PHL203W Business Ethics

Serves as a foundation for the analysis of ethical conflicts arising in modern business. Develops a practical background in critical thinking, ethical decision-making, argumentation, and the justification of ethical positions. Examines concepts, case studies and topics covering issues such as employee and employer rights, the nature of profit, the nature of the capitalist system, justice, technology, privacy, due process, affirmative action, fraud, and the environment.

PHL205W Media Ethics & Law

Studies and analyzes various ethical and legal issues within the mass media. Develops analytical decision-making skills for resolving conflicts regarding privacy, confidentiality, freedom of speech, and media responsibility within the areas of television and radio broadcasting, print media, advertising and computer based information systems.

PHL207W Engineering Ethics

Provides a foundation for the study and analysis of various ethical issues and dilemmas within the engineering profession. Develops analytical decision-making skills for resolving ethical conflicts. Studies topics such as ethical standards versus legal standards, safety hazards, whistle blowing, disclosure of information, professionalism, enhancement of human welfare through engineering competence and individual ethics versus job security.

PHL210W Information Technology Ethics & Law

Studies and analyzes ethical and legal issues in computing and the information technology industry. Develops analytical decision-making skills for issues including intellectual property, product piracy, copyright laws, pertinent court decisions, privacy and security, and software product quality. Includes special issues related to use of the Internet for information technology professionals.

PHL211HW Honors Introduction to Philosophy

Introduces the logic of philosophical thinking and to important philosophical issues. Covers such topics as proofs for the existence of God, the ultimate nature of reality, what it means to be human, and the nature of ethics. Presents historically important Western and non-Western philosophers and their theories. Allows opportunities to read about, discuss, analyze and write about course topics. Emphasizes understanding the issues, learning the various positions and arguments taken by philosophers, critically questioning those positions and arguments, and finally, reaching and defending personal philosophical conclusions. Provide opportunities to engage in independent intellectual inquiry to foster deeper learning.

PHL211W Introduction to Philosophy

Introduces the logic of philosophical thinking and to important philosophical issues. Covers such topics as proofs for the existence of God, the ultimate nature of reality, what it means to be human, and the nature of ethics. Presents historically important Western and non-Western philosophers and their theories. Allows opportunities to read about, discuss, analyze and write about course topics. Emphasizes understanding the issues, learning the various positions and arguments taken by philosophers, critically questioning those positions and arguments, and finally, reaching and defending personal philosophical conclusions.

PHL213HW Honors Introduction to Ethics

Introduces historically important ethical issues, theories, concepts and philosophers. Teaches the basics of ethical decision-making and how to apply ethical concepts, theories and methods to their own personal ethical conflicts. Allows the opportunity to investigate, write about, and discuss controversial topics such as abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, assisted suicide, social justice, affirmative action, sexuality, and environmental ethics. Emphasizes understanding and critically questioning the theories, positions and arguments made concerning the course topics, and to reach and defend their own conclusions on those topics. Provides opportunities to engage in independent intellectual inquiry to foster deeper learning.

PHL213W Introduction to Ethics

Introduces historically important ethical issues, theories, concepts and philosophers. Teaches the basics of ethical decision-making and how to apply ethical concepts, theories and methods to their own personal ethical conflicts. Allows the opportunity to investigate, write about, and discuss controversial topics such as abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, assisted suicide, social justice, affirmative action, sexuality, and environmental ethics. Emphasizes understanding and critically questioning the theories, positions and arguments made concerning the course topics, and to reach and defend their own conclusions on those topics.

PHL214 Philosophy of Religion

Investigates the rationality of religious beliefs, and the meaning of religious practices, religious language and questions of evidence. Focuses on questions concerning proof of the existence of a deity, the problem of evil, the interpretation of mystical experience, the nature of religious faith and more.

PHL215W Health Care Ethics

Introduces ethical problems arising within the health care environment. Includes the identification of ethical issues, ethical decision-making using various ethical principles, and the analysis of ethical conflicts. Covers such topics as euthanasia, assisted suicide, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders, definitions of death, allocation of scarce medical resources, informed consent, confidentiality, justice, access to health care and the nature of professionalism in health care.

PHL221 Critical Thinking and Logic

Development of critical thinking skills through the study of formal and informal logic. Analysis of fallacies, methods of clear argumentation, syllogisms, inductive logic, scientific method and rational decision-making.

PHL225W Philosophy and Film

Introduces philosophy as an academic discipline, to film as an artistic and intellectual medium, and to the relationship between them. Examines a wide variety of films, and the philosophical themes of the films may include the nature of reality, truth and knowledge, the existence of God, consciousness and identity, ethics, political theory, race and gender, and death. Emphasizes the interpretation, evaluation, and discussion of the philosophical aspects of films. Develops the ability to view film and other visual media with greater sophistication, and to defend personal analyses of film and philosophy, both orally and in writing.

PHL230 Bioethics for Nursing

Addresses basic ethical concepts, principles, justification, and reasoning. Applies them to ethical issues and cases involving professionalism, confidentiality, veracity, paternalism, informed consent in the context of nursing.

PHL240HW Honors Social and Political Theory

Examines past and present political and social systems from theoretical perspective. Entails comparison and evaluation of major ideologies and philosophies of the relationship of individuals to political and social institutions. Political systems such as socialism, communism, fascism, anarchism and liberalism will be explored. Provides opportunities to engage in independent intellectual inquiry to foster deeper learning.

PHL240W Social and Political Theory

Examines past and present political and social systems from theoretical perspective. Entails comparison and evaluation of major ideologies and philosophies of the relationship of individuals to political and social institutions. Political systems such a socialism, communism, fascism, anarchism and liberalism explored.

PHL250 Philosophy of Science and Technology

Investigates the nature of science as social process and as product; the nature and role of creativity in scientific and technological research; the influence of society and politics on technology and scientific thinking and research; the uses of technology; myths about science and technology; the role of inductive and deductive logic in the scientific process; the nature and conditions of a good test of an hypothesis and theory; the nature of scientific evidence; science as debate in process and as established knowledge.

PHL255 Philosophy of Art

Offers a serious philosophical investigation of the nature and value of art and theories about it. Investigates questions surrounding the history and practice of art, criticism, censorship, funding, the obligations of artists to society, the definition of art, and the standards for the evaluation of good and bad art. Develops the ability to apply classic theories to aesthetic issues and to critically assess analyses of art and aesthetics. Stresses the use of critical thinking skills in defense of personal analyses and opinions about art and aesthetic issues, both orally and in writing.

PHL260HW Honors Philosophy Seminar

Intensive examination and critical analysis of a specific philosopher's works or a specific philosophical issue within any branch of philosophy, e.g., ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, social or political philosophy. Designed as a seminar for the advanced student. Provides opportunities to engage in independent intellectual inquiry to foster deeper learning.

PHL260W Philosophy Seminar (Philosophy of War, Winter 2013)

Intensive examination and critical analysis of a specific philosopher's works or a specific philosophical issue within any branch of philosophy, e.g., ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, social or political philosophy. Designed as a seminar for the advanced student.

Philosophy of War topics will include:

  • Can wars be justified?
  • What does it mean to fight in war?
  • Who is responsible for war?
  • What role should technology play in war?
  • What counts as supporting the troops?
  • Why do veterans suffer from war?

PHL290-299 Special Projects in Philosophy


Other Classes Taught by Philosophy Faculty

IHU210 Death and Dying

Studies attitudes, practices, beliefs, theories, institutions of death and dying in contemporary, historical western and also some non-western societies. Addresses issues of pain management, doctor-assisted suicide, quality versus quantity of life, organ donation, bereavement, the funeral industry, living wills and durable powers of attorney.


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