POLS101 Introduction to Philosophy

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
POLS101 Introduction to Philosophy 3 0 6 Mondays 16:00-16:50 / Wednesdays 14:00-15:50
Prerequisite None It is a prerequisite to

None

Lecturer Muhidin Mulalic Office Hours / Room / Phone
Monday:
9:00-12:00
Wednesday:
9:00-13:00
B F2.24 - 033 957 236
E-mail mmulalic@ius.edu.ba
Assistant Assistant E-mail
Course Objectives This course deals with traditional philosophical questions such as epistemology, ontology, philosophy of language, evil and goodness, free will, human nature, political philosophy, the nature of knowledge and ethics.
Textbook Elizabeth Burns and Stephan Law, (Eds.). Philosophy for AS and A2. London and New York: Routledge: 2004.
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Master key philosophical terms and concepts.
  2. Use the basic methods of philosophy in analyzing metaphysics, epistemology and ethics.
  3. Analyze historical and intellectual development of knowledge within the major traditions of philosophy.
  4. Discuss about major figures of political philosophy.
  5. Realize the importance of historical development of philosophy.
  6. Identify, analyze, examine and evaluate philosophical ideas and develop creative and critical thinking skills.
Teaching Methods This course employs a range of teaching and learning methods such as lecturing, written assignments, presentations, essays, group debates and pop quiz.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Why Study Philosophy? Burns and Law, 1-4
Week 2 Theory of Knowledge I: Empiricis and Rationalism; Knowledge and Justification Burns and Law, 5-26
Week 3 Theory of Knowledge II: Knowledge and Skepticism; Knowledge and the External World Burns and Law, 26-42
Week 4 Moral Philosophy I: Deontological Ethics; Utilitarian Ethics Burns and Law, 44-54
Week 5 Moral Philosophy II: Virtue Ethics, Practical Ethics and Meta-Ethics Burns and Law, 54-93
Week 6 Philosophy of Religion I: Religious Concepts; Arguments for the Existence of God Burns and Law, 94-124
Week 7 MIDTERM EXAM AND ITS PREPARATION
Week 8 Philosophy of Religion II: Faith, Reason and Belief; God's Existence Burns and Law, 125-147
Week 9 Philosophy of Mind I: Mentality and the Nature of Mind; The Mind-Body Problem Burns and Law, 149-167
Week 10 Philosophy of Mind II: Self and Self-Consciousness; Personality and Identity Burns and Law, 167-189
Week 11 Political Philosophy I: Ideologies; Freedom Burns and Law, 191-208
Week 12 Political Philosophy II: Law; Authority; The State Burns and Law, 208-229
Week 13 Philosophy of Science I: Scientific Method; The Nature of Scientific Development Burns and Law, 229-246
Week 14 Philosophy of Science II: The Aim and Objective of Science; Social Sciences Burns and Law, 247-267
Week 15 COURSE REVISION AND FINAL EXAM PREPARATION
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 40 LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Midterm Exam 1 20 LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Presentation 1 15 LO2, LO5, LO6
Research Paper 1 15 LO2, LO5, LO6
Participation 1 10 LO5
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Presentation 2 5 10
Home Study 2 15 30 Research Paper 3 2 6
Midterm Exam 21 1 21 Participation 2 7 14
Final Exam 24 1 24 Final Exam 24 1 24
        Total Workload Hours = 174
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 06/11/2020
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