Philosophy 57 Syllabus Spring 2010

Philosophy 57 Syllabus Spring 2010 - San Jos State...

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San José State University Department of Philosophy Instructor: Anand J. Vaidya Office Location: FOB 205 Telephone: (408) 924-4502 Email: anand.vaidya@sjsu.edu Office Hours: W: 2:00 4:00 PM Class Days/Time: Sec 02: TR 10:30 - 11:45 / Sec 03: MW 12:00 - 1:15 Classroom: Sec 02: DMH 357 / Sec 03: DMH 357 GE/SJSU Studies Category: A3 Course Description This course will be an introduction to logic and critical reasoning. In logic we will be studying argument identification, fallacy identification, and propositional logic. In critical reasoning we will be studying how to apply moral theories to contemporary social issues, such as health care and poverty, by writing short critical essays. Text Logic and Critical Reasoning by Anand Vaidya Available at AS Print Shop. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives A. Critical thinking courses help students learn to recognize, analyze, evaluate, and engage in effective reasoning. B. Students will demonstrate, orally and in writing, proficiency in the course goals. Development of the following competencies will result in dispositions or habits of intellectual autonomy, appreciation of different worldviews, courage and perseverance in inquiry, and commitment to employ analytical reasoning. Students should be able to: 1. distinguish between reasoning (e.g., explanation, argument) and other types of discourse (e.g., description, assertion); 2. identify, analyze, and evaluate different types of reasoning; 3. find and state crucial unstated assumptions in reasoning; 4. evaluate factual claims or statements used in reasoning, and evaluate the sources of evidence for such claims; 5. demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism; 6. evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system; Course Name, Number, Semester, and Year Page 1 of 10
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7. locate, retrieve, organize, analyze, synthesize, and communicate information of relevance to the subject matter of the course in an effective and efficient manner; and 8. reflect on past successes, failures, and alternative strategies. C. Students will analyze, evaluate, and construct their own arguments or position papers about issues of diversity such as gender, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Reasoning about other issues appropriate to the subject matter of the course shall also be presented, analyzed, evaluated, and constructed. All critical thinking classes should teach formal and informal methods for determining the validity of deductive reasoning and the strength of inductive reasoning, including a consideration of common fallacies in inductive and deductive reasoning. To clarify this Content Objective the following was developed by the Critical Thinking General Education Advisory Panel (GEAP) and adopted by the Board of General Studies on May 16, 2002: “Formal methods for determining the
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