Philosophy

PHR 21103 (TM) Philosophical Inquiry

This course is a philosophical inquiry into the basic questions and topics of philosophy, including questions about free will and determinism; art and beauty; human nature; knowledge and reality; justice and the good society; ethics and morality; logical and fallacious thinking; science and religion; gender and ethics; and comparisons between Eastern and Western modes of thought.

Offered Fall, Spring for 3 Semester hours.

PHR 21203 Ethics

This course involves an examination of various moral issues (e.g. relativism vs. absolutism), concepts (e.g. duties, rights, values, principles, etc.), ethical theories (e.g. utilitarianism, natural law, divine law theories, Kantian ethics, etc), and evaluation of contemporary moral issues, such as sexual ethics, environmental ethics, genetics and ethics, euthanasia and abortion, justice and inequality, and animal rights.

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

 

PHR 21303 Business Ethics

Using business cases and philosophical readings, this course is intended to introduce students to an ethical examination of the various moral and policy issues surrounding contemporary business and corporate organizations. Issues to be examined include: moral responsibility in bureaucratic organizations; profits and morality; corporate responsibility and liability; employee rights and duties; theories of justice and executive compensation; social justice and the economic system of capitalism; current moral issues in the business world; and various public policy issues concerning business and the environment; corporate liability and consumer safety; ethics and advertising; and the pros and cons of government economic regulations.

Note: Internet only

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

PHR 21403 Medical Ethics

This course takes a case-study approach to medical ethics for nursing and pre-med students. Students are required to apply ethical theories and fundamental principles to various issues in medicine and the treatment of patients, including conflicts between medical paternalism and patient rights; public health and individual confidentiality rights; faith healing and conventional medicine; treatment of defective newborn, euthanasia, abortion, organ transplants; principles of justice and the allocation of scarce resources; the right to health care; and various approaches to reforming the American health care system (e.g. national health insurance vs. market approaches, etc.)

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

PHR 24103 Logic and Critical Thinking

This course examines the nature of good and bad reasoning, including an analysis of deductive and inductive reasoning, statistical and causal reasoning, and an analysis of language and fallacious thinking.

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

PHR 28801-03 Selected Topics in Philosophy

This course is the study of philosophical topics not included in other course offerings. The format for this course may be special projects, readings, a scheduled class, or a seminar.

Offered On Demand for 1-3 Semester hours.

PHR 29901-03 Directed Studies in Philosophy

This course is an independent study and/ or research under the supervision of an instructor in Philosophy. It may include directed research and readings, formal in-depth study of a topic of special interest to the student, individual projects, special educational experiences, or a practicum in which theories and their practical applications are brought together in a single educational experience. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, the permission and cooperation of the supervising instructor in the discipline, and the approval of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Offered On Demand for 1-3 Semester hours.

PHR 32103 Social and Political Philosophy

This course examines the history of social and political thought, as well as contemporary views. Some of the philosophers examined are Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Rawls, Nozick and Walzer. Emphasis is on the ideas of freedom, equality, justice, individual rights, government and the good society.

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

PHR 32203 Philosophy and Cultural Studies

This course examines the nature of interpretation, and various theories and methods of cultural and textual interpretation, including Marxist, Freudian, historicist, semiotic, feminist, mythic, archetypal, and structuralist approaches. Students will learn how to apply these interpretations in an analysis of the “texts” of popular culture (e.g. movies, etc.) 

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

PHR 32303 History of Philosophy

This course surveys the history and evolution of philosophy from ancient Greek and Far Eastern philosophy (e.g. Plato, Aristotle, Confucius and Lao-Tzu) through the medieval (e.g. Augustine and Aquinas), early modern (e.g. Descartes, Locke, Hobbes and Spinoza), eighteenth (Kant and Hume), nineteenth (Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, James, etc.) and twentieth century (e.g. Sartre and Heidegger), ending with selections from contemporary philosophers.

Offered for 3 Semester hours.

PHR 33103 Symbolic Logic

This course consists of a study of truth-functional and prepositional logic.

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

PHR 35103 Knowledge and Reality

This course examines metaphysical and epistemological thought, considering such philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, the ancient Skeptics, Descartes, Montaigne, Hobbes, Bacon, Hume, Kant, Nietzche, and contemporary philosophers and twentieth century views.

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

PHR 35203 Philosophy of Science

This course examines the logic, epistemology, and methodologies of the natural and social sciences. This course will explore a number of issues, including the relationship between observations, theories, and scientific laws; whether the methods of the natural sciences can be applied to the study of human beings and society; major theories in the history of science (Copernicus, Marx, Darwin, Freud, etc.) and special attention to issues in the philosophy of history and society.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

PHR 36102 World Religions

This course is a study of the history and teachings of eastern religions, including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism.

Offered On Demand for 2 Semester hours.

PHR 47703 Seminar in Philosophy

This course is an advanced study of various important philosophical topics, including ethics and value systems, existentialism and literature, philosophy of mind, or the work of a specific philosopher. At the request of faculty in other disciplines and programs, topics specifically related to their philosophical concerns may be offered.

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

PHR 48801-03 Selected Topics in Philosophy

This course is the study of advanced philosophical topics not included in other course offerings. The format for this course may be special projects, readings, a scheduled class, or a seminar.

Offered On Demand for 1-3 Semester hours.

PHR 49901-03 Directed Studies in Philosophy

This course is an independent study and/or research under the supervision of an instructor in Philosophy. It may include directed research and readings, formal in-depth study of a topic of special interest to the student, individual projects, special educational experiences, or a practicum in which theories and their practical applications are brought together in a single educational experience. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, the permission and cooperation of a supervising instructor in the discipline, and the approval of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Offered On Demand for 1-3 Semester hours.