POLS101 Introduction to Philosophy

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
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POLS101 Introduction to Philosophy 3 0 6 Mondays 16:00-16:50 / Wednesdays 14:00-15:50
Prerequisite It is a prerequisite to
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Course Objectives This course will introduce some of the fundamental questions of philosophy in epistemology, metaphysics, ethics and social philosophy. It will reveal how the main concerns of philosophers have changed through history, from ancient Greek to modern philosophers.
Textbook Philosophy Goes to the Movies, C. Falzon, Routledge, 2003. Sophie's World : A Novel about the History of Philosophy, Jostein Gaarder, New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux : Sold by Macmillan, 2007. What Does It All Mean?, T. Nagel, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987.
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate and interpret the most important problems of philosophy
  2. Identify the role of different thinkers and approaches to philosophy
  3. Assess competently the different major philosophical methodological frameworks
  4. Apply what is learned in this class to the real world today
Teaching Methods The teaching methods will include lecturing, video clips, film analysis, writtent assignments, class discussions, debates, quizzes and exams.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Course introduction Falzon, Intro.; Gaarder, Chaps 1-3
Week 2 Critical Thinking Falzon, Chap. 6; Gaarder, Chaps 4-6
Week 3 EPISTEMOLOGY: Reality vs. Appearance & Challenges by Scepticism Falzon, Chap.1; Gaarder, Chaps 7-9
Week 4 EPISTEMOLOGY: Descartes’ Rationalism, Foundationalism and Dualism Falzon, Chap. 2; Gaarder, Chaps 10-12
Week 5 EPISTEMOLOGY: Hume’s Empiricist Skepticism Falzon, pp. 19-47; Gaarder, Chaps 13-15
Week 6 METAPHYSICS: Materialism vs. Idealism [QUIZ #1] Falzon, Chap. 2; Gaarder, Chaps 16-18
Week 7 METAPHYSICS/ETHICS: Free Will and Determinism Nagel, Chap. 6; Gaarder, Chaps 19-21
Week 8 MIDTERM EXAM
Week 9 ETHICS/POLITICS: Internalised Social Obstacles to Freedom Falzon, Chap. 4; Gaarder Chaps 22-24
Week 10 ETHICS: Cultural Relativism, Ethical Subjectivism, Ethical Objectivism Nagel, Chap. 7; Gaarder, Chaps 25-27
Week 11 ETHICS: Utilitarianism, Duty-Ethics, Existential Ethics Falzon, Chap. 3; Gaarder, Chaps 28-30
Week 12 POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY: Different Conceptions of Human Nature and Freedom in Liberalism and Its Critiques [QUIZ #2] Falzon, Chap. 4; Gaarder, Chaps 31-33
Week 13 ETHICS/POLITICS: How to use philosophy in everyday issues? Falzon, Chap. 5; Gaarder, Chaps 34-35
Week 14 Philosophy of Religion Falzon, Chap. 3
Week 15 Review and discussion
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 30 LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Midterm Exam 1 30 LO1, LO2, LO3
Quiz 2 20 LO1, LO2, LO3
Written Assignment 2 20 LO4, LO5
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Final Exam 20 1 20
Home Study 3 15 45 Home Study 3 15 45
Midterm Exam 20 1 20
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 04/03/2020
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