Georgia State University
Department of Philosophy
34 Peachtree St., Suite 1100
Revised August 19, 2008
email@example.com (preferred method of contact)
Office: Room 1119, 34 Peachtree St.
Office Hours: M-F 9-4:30
These are the hours I am on campus.
Unless I am in a meeting, I will be in my office.
But my life has too many meetings so it is best to email in advance for an appointment.
COURSE FOCUS AND OBJECTIVES
The primary focus of Phil 1010 will be the improvement of those critical thinking
skills needed for other college courses. Critical thinking is the skill of recognizing,
composing and evaluating arguments. Virtually every college course relies on arguments.
Examples include: arguments about business plans, arguments about the qualities of a
novel, arguments about the significance of historical events, arguments about the nature
and function of genetic material, to name just a few.
The objectives of this course are: to improve your ability to evaluate arguments,
to improve your ability to construct arguments, and to improve your ability to present
arguments in written form. Because arguments are found in all your other courses, doing
well in this course should greatly increase your chances for successfully completing the
core curriculum, courses required by your major, and graduating with a bachelor’s
N.B. This course provides a background in critical thinking, including some of
the methods of understanding arguments that are useful for many fields of study,
including philosophy. However,
this course is not an introduction to philosophy
does not focus on the questions discussed in most philosophy classes (for example,
ethical questions, the existence of the will, the nature of knowledge, the history of
philosophical ideas, etc.).
For an introduction to philosophy, students are encouraged to
take Philosophy 2010 (Great Questions of Philosophy
). This course (Philosophy 1010) is
not required to take Philosophy 2010.