Undergraduate Courses

Below is a list of upcoming undergraduate courses with full descriptions (when available) and other specific information. For a full listing of undergraduate-level courses offered by the Department, please see the course catalog. For a complete listing of courses offered in the current and upcoming semester see the schedule of classes.

Upcoming Undergraduate Courses


Summer 2019           Autumn 2019
 

Summer Semester 2019


1100 Introduction to Philosophy
Instructor: Staff
ML 175, MWF 10:20-12:25
(6-weeks session 2)

This course is designed to introduce students to some longstanding and fundamental philosophical issues, including issues regarding the existence of God, the nature and extent of human free will, and issues regarding personal identity. In discussing these issues, we will focus on influential historical texts and well as more contemporary texts.

GE Culture and Ideas

1332 Engineering Ethics
Instructor: Staff
MP 1021, MWF 11:25-2:35
(4-weeks session 1)

An examination of contemporary issues in engineering ethics in the context of major ethical theories.

GE Cultures and Ideas

1332 Engineering Ethics
Instructor: Staff
MP 1021, MWF 1:30-3:05
(8-weeks session 2)

An examination of contemporary issues in engineering ethics in the context of major ethical theories.

GE Cultures and Ideas

1500.02 Introduction to Logic (online)
Instructor: Staff
(8-weeks session 1)

Online version of Philosophy 1500.01, Introduction to Logic. Teaches students the construction and evaluation of deductive and inductive arguments; principles of clear statement and valid reasoning; fallacies; and the methods by which theories and laws are established.

GE quant reason math and logical only course

1500.02 Introduction to Logic (online)
Instructor: Staff
(6-weeks session 2)

Online version of Philosophy 1500.01, Introduction to Logic. Teaches students the construction and evaluation of deductive and inductive arguments; principles of clear statement and valid reasoning; fallacies; and the methods by which theories and laws are established.

GE quant reason math and logical only course

2120 Asian Philosophies
Instructor: Staff
ML 185, TuTh 12:40-3:00
(8-week session 2)

This class will explore the main philosophical traditions that underly the cultures of India, China, Korea, Japan, and a number of other countries in south and east Asia. Specifically, we will work toward understanding some of the essential texts from Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, and Daoism. However, we will not be approaching these texts merely for their historical value. We will be engaging them as potential sources of wisdom and insight into the nature of the world around us and our place within it. 

GE for literature and diversity global studies course

2465 Death and the Meaning of Life
Instructor: Staff
ML 125, MTuWTh 11:40-1:15
(6-weeks session 1)

What is a meaningful life? What role, if any, does the afterlife play in conceptions of meaningfulness? Can things like achievement, happiness, and engaging in valuable projects give meaning to our lives?   Would immortality or an extraordinarily long life increase or decrease the likelihood of a meaningful life? The course will explore these and related questions. 

GE for literature course.

2500 Symbolic Logic
Instructor: R. Kraut
EC 230, MWTh 1:30-3:05
(8-weeks session 2)

GE quant reason math and logical anly course.

 

Autumn Semester 2019
(Course decriptions forthcoming)

1100 Introduction to Philosophy
Instructor: A. Roth
MQ 264, MW 10:20-11:15

GE Culture and Ideas

1100 Introduction to Philosophy
Instructor: N. Tennant
HA 006, TuTh 11:10-12:30

GE Culture and Ideas

1100H Introduction to Philosophy Honors
Instructor: R. Kraut
HN 201, MW 12:45-2:05

GE Culture and Ideas

1300 Introduction to Ethics
Instructor: E. D'Arms
OR 110, MW 11:30-12:25

The nature of right and wrong, good and evil; the grounds of moral choice and decision; the resolution of moral conflicts.

GE Cultures and Ideas

1332 Engineering Ethics
Instructor: Staff

An examination of contemporary issues in engineering ethics in the context of major ethical theories.

GE Cultures and Ideas

1338 Computer Ethics and Effective Presentation
Instructor: Staff

An introduction to ethical theory with a special focus on ethical issues that arise in the computing profession. It includes student presentations and feedback to improve discussion skills.

GE Cultures and Ideas

1500.01 Introduction to Logic
Instructor: Staff
MP 1041, MWF 8:00-8:55

Deduction and induction; principles of clear statement and valid reasoning; fallacies; and the methods by which theories and laws are established.

GE quant reason math and logical only course

1500.01 Introduction to Logic
Instructor: Staff
DE 214, TuTh 3:55-5:15

Deduction and induction; principles of clear statement and valid reasoning; fallacies; and the methods by which theories and laws are established.

GE quant reason math and logical only course

1500.02 Introduction to Logic (online)
Instructor: Staff

Online version of Philosophy 1500.01, Introduction to Logic. Teaches students the construction and evaluation of deductive and inductive arguments; principles of clear statement and valid reasoning; fallacies; and the methods by which theories and laws are established.

GE quant reason math and logical only course

1501 Introduction to Logic and Legal Reasoning
Instructor: Staff
CL 137, MWF 10:20-11:15

An informal introduction to elementary deductive and inductive logic, concentrating on application to reasoning in legal contexts (e.g., courtroom argumentation and jury deliberation).

GE quant reason math and logical only course

2120 Asian Philosophies
Instructor: Staff
HH 180, MWF 11:30-12:25

This class will explore the main philosophical traditions that underly the cultures of India, China, Korea, Japan, and a number of other countries in south and east Asia. Specifically, we will work toward understanding some of the essential texts from Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, and Daoism. However, we will not be approaching these texts merely for their historical value. We will be engaging them as potential sources of wisdom and insight into the nature of the world around us and our place within it. 

GE for literature and diversity global studies course

2340 The Future of Humanity
Instructor: E. Lin
HH 259, WF 9:35-10:55

GE clutures and idea course

2342 Environmental Ethics
Instructor: P. Turner
EL 2003, TuTh 2:20-3:40

2367 Contemporary Social and Moral Problems in the US
Instructor: Staff
SM 2186, TuTh 8:00-9:20

An intensive writing course concentrating on the analysis and evaluation of philosophical argumentation concerning contemporary social and moral problems about race, gender, class, and ethnicity. Does not count on a philosophy major or minor program.

GE writing and comm course: level 2 and diversity soc div in the US course.

2400 Political and Social Philosophy
Instructor: P. Turner 
UH 056, TuTh 11:10-12:30

GE clutures and idea course

2450 Philosophical Problems in the Arts
Instructor: R. Kraut
SOE040, TuTh 12:45-2:05

GE for Visual and Performing Arts

2465 Death and the Meaning of Life
Instructor: A. Silverman
MQ 264, TuTh 9:35-10:55

GE for literature course.

2500 Symbolic Logic
Instructor: L. Shabel
OR 110, MW 12:40-1:35

GE quant reason math and logical only course

2680 Scientific Controversies
Instructor: C. Pincock 
BE 140, WF 11:10-12:30

GE Cultures and ideas course.

3000 Gateway Seminar
Instructor: T. McPherson 
UH 353, TuTh 9:35-10:55

3210 History of Ancient Philosophy
Instructor: A. Silverman
TO 247, TuTh 12:45-2:05

GE for lit and diversity global studies course

3230 History of 17th Century Philosophy
Instructor: J. Jorati
BE 140, WF 12:45-2:05

GE for lit and diversity global studies course.

3261 Fundamental Concepts of Existentialism
Instructor: T. Rudavsky
ML 191, WF 11:10-12:30

GE for lit course

3420 Philosophical Perspectives on Issues of Gender
Instructor: D. Howard
BE 184, WF 9:35-10:55

What does it mean to be a woman? What is the relationship between sex, gender, sexuality, and femininity? What role should considerations of gender play in our conception of justice? Is there a distinctly womanly or manly method of moral or theoretical reasoning? This course surveys these core philosophical issues surrounding gender. It explores the ways in which philosophers contributed to the development of feminism, and the ways in which feminist theory is expanding and challenging mainstream philosophy in turn. The course is thus intended to develop critical skills that are broadly applicable in a myriad of major current philosophical topics in epistemology, philosophy of science, ontology, ethics and political philosophy.

GE cultures and ideas and diversity soc div in the US course.

3650 Philosophy of Science
Instructor: N. Tennant
SM 2186, TuTh 3:55-5:15

3830 Consciousness
Instructor: R. Samuels
UH 056, TuTh 2:20-3:40

5230 Studies in 17th Century Philosophy
Instructor: L. Downing
MQ 155, WF 12:45-2:05

5840 Advanced Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Instructor: R. Samuels
EC 240, TuTh 11:10-12:30
 

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