Core 282: Philosophical Themes
An exploration of one of the main areas of philosophy: ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, political philosophy, or aesthetics. The courses offered in this category are intended to build upon the historical introductions to the main areas of philosophy that students receive in the first philosophy course. Each course in this category will provide students with introductory readings from those philosophers who distinguish themselves in a specific field of philosophy. Prerequisite: Core 280.
Specific Learning Objectives:
As a result of taking this course, students should be able to:
General Learning Goals:
As a result of taking this course, students should:
1. At least two tests to assess mastery of course content.
2. Periodic quizzes (at the instructor’s discretion) to encourage students to keep up with course readings and to measure their progress in the course;
3. Short writing assignments (at the instructor’s discretion) to assess critical reading/thinking skills and mastery of course content.
4. One major writing assignment—either a critical essay or an argumentative essay—to assess students’ ability to analyze and evaluate philosophical texts and to formulate and defend their own philosophical views.
5. Teaching and/or course evaluations administered at the conclusion of the course.
Each instructor may choose a text or texts best suited to his or her pedagogical goals and individual teaching style.