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San Antonio College · - · PHIL-PhilosophyIntroduction to PhilosophyPHIL-1301Full Term Fall 2018Section 003.185693-3-0 Credits08/27/2018 to 12/15/2018Modified 08/30/2018Contact InformationKent SlinkerOffice: OC 228Phone: (210) 486-0248Email: [email protected]You may stop by my office without an appointment at any of the following listed times:M11:00am - 1:00pmT, TH11:00am - 1:00pm (all semester) and4:45pm - 5:45pm (starting Oct. 22)W 11:00am - 1:00pm and 4:45pm - 5:45pm
F10:00am - noonOther times are available by appointment.MaterialsAll readings will be available online (free) via CanvasOptionalWe will take advantage of the many public domain texts for Philosophical writings as well as modern explorations for philosophical themes available on youtube and through SAC library. DescriptionIntroduction to the study of ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes introduction to the history, theories, and methods of reasoning. This course fulfills the Language, Philosophy, and Culture foundational component area and the Component Area Option of the core, and addresses the following required objectives: Critical Thinking, Communication, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility.Prerequisite(s)INRW 0420Outcomes1 Read, analyze, and critique philosophical texts.2 Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts, major arguments, problems, and terminology in philosophy.3 Present logically persuasive arguments both orally and in writing.4 Demonstrate critical thinking skills in evaluation and application of philosophical concepts to various aspects of life.5 Evaluate the personal and social responsibilities of living in a diverse world.
EvaluationThe learning material for this course will be presented mostly via lectures, handouts, readings, and discussions. Graded items will include quizzes over the readings, short essay/writing questions, discussion, a college mandated cumulative final exam (with questions taken primarily from quizzes) and a final project/paper which can be done on an individual level or in a group with one more class member.These assignments make up your final grade in the following way:Activities (includes discussions, quizzes, short essays, etc.)60%Final Writing Project/Presentation30%Attendance5%Final Exam5%Your final letter grade will correspond to the following percentage earned:90 - 100%A80 - 89%B70 - 79%C60 - 69%DLower than 60%FCANVAS GRADES: Please note that I try my best to ensure Canvas reports your correct grade-to-date, which is your overall performance in the course given as you complete each new graded assignment. Please be very careful about making inferences with respect to your grade-to-date as reported in Canvas, as I can not guarantee its accuracy. In particular, you should be very careful about using the "what-if"scenario provided in Canvas to figure out your final grade.

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