Core 284: Philosophy of Human Nature
What is a human person? What is the human condition? What factors influence human life, choice, and action? What is human destiny? These questions concerning humanity are philosophical questions, and it is the general approach of this course to expose the student to the ways serious thinkers have approached and understood such topics as: humanity’s origin and evolution; humanity’s place in the universe; the impact of human scientific, technological and creative achievement; the relationship between human beings and God; and humanity’s ultimate destiny. 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.