Core 285: Eastern Philosophy
This course is a topical survey of Eastern philosophy. The philosophical topics addressed include: ethics, death, reality, self, and knowledge. The schools of Eastern philosophy studied include: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. In studying Eastern philosophy students will be exposed to, and learn appreciation for, different perspectives on traditional philosophical issues. Students will develop and refine the ability to offer criticism of philosophical positions, and will develop the ability to form their own educated positions on philosophical issues. 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.