Georgia State University
Department of Philosophy
34 Peachtree St. Suite 1100
(preferred method of contact)
404.413.6100 (dept office can take a message)
W, 3-4:30, 5:30-7
and by 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 a 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 construct arguments,
and 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 degree.
This course is not an introduction to philosophy
and it does not focus on the questions discussed in
most philosophy classes (e.g., ethical questions, the nature of knowledge, the history of philosophical
For an introduction to philosophy, students are encouraged to take Intro to Philosophy2010
(Philosophy 1010 is not required to take Philosophy 2010
1. Check your GoSOLAR schedule. You must be registered for the CRN to receive credit for this course.
: Email is a primary means of communication for this course. You should check your official
Georgia State email at least once every 24 hours.
Student email website
2.1 Email is also the quickest and preferred method of contacting your instructor outside of class time. By
University policy, Instructors must use your official Georgia State student email address for all
correspondence. If you sent an email from a non-GSU email account, your instructor cannot respond or
2.2. If you email your instructor from your GSU account, and have not received a reply within 48 hours,
you should assume that your instructor did not receive the message, in which case you should contact your
instructor in person.
If you turn in any assignment by email, it is solely your responsibility to make sure your
instructor received it on time
. If your instructor does not receive it on time and in a readable form, you
will not get credit for the assignment without time-stamped email proof that you sent it at the time it was
due. Having trouble with your email or computer or ISP will not counteract late penalties.
2.4. In addition,